Dialect and Scots adds immediacy to the language. The characters’ motivations and actions are revealed in the stage directions. Symbolism develops the central concerns of the play.
What gives us insight into the characters in this play?
Dialogue and interactions with other characters
The cover of the book
What does the use of dialect and Scots add to the play?
Authenticity and immediacy
Poignancy and humour
All of the above
What is the effect of the humour in the play?
To add comic relief and to show us there are happy moments
To prevent us from taking the poverty and hardship seriously
To make fun of Maggie
How does the beginning of Act III contrast to the scene before?
It takes place outside the tenement
It is upbeat and the characters are happy and relaxed, which differs from the tension of the previous scene
The characters are unhappy because John still cannot find work
What does Maggie do when she is stressed?
She runs her fingers through her hair
She smashes jam jars
She rolls up her sleeves
What does the stage direction Jenny marches off with her nose in the air suggest about her?
Jenny marches off with her nose in the air
She is jealous of other people
She is affronted and thinks she is better than her family
She is innocent and naive
How does Maggie utter the final lines of the play?
What is Christmas a time of?
Presents and chocolate
Hope and redemption
Singing and shopping
What does the red hat symbolise?
The anger and conflict between Maggie and John
Maggie’s youth, her ‘coortin’ days with John before she was married
What stops Jenny from falling into the slow river?
The thought of her father and her family
The thought of a decent meal
The thought of her friends Nessie and Isa