The club - character differences Essay

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the club - character differences

The differences between characters can often be shown using dialogue. David Williamson
uses dialogue effectively in ‘The Club', to show the different personalities and desires
of the characters. Ali G is a great example of how dialogue can be used to show the
differences between characters when he interviews English soccer star David Beckham.


In many interviews, television shows, movies, novels, and performance scripts, dialogue is
used to show the different personalities of characters. In ‘The Club' David Williamson
uses colloquialism, slang, cliches, anecdotes, idiomatic expressions, satire, sarcasm and
irony to show the different personalities and desires of the characters Ted, Jock, Gerry,
Laurie, Danny and Geoff.


Teds repetitiveness is used to show that he feels anxious and insecure about approaching
and handling situations. ‘…it's much better to stay cool. Don't you think so? Better
to stay cool?' is a perfect example of how Williamson uses this repetitiveness. The
dialogue also shows his autocratic manner when he says ‘To hell with the players and
suppoerters. The committee's where the power is.'. Williamson uses this dialogue to show
Teds personality compared to the other characters.


Jock is made to stand out as a verbose, judgemental, insecure, egotistical and
small-minded character. He is always insulting others, ‘you mongrel', ‘the bloody
little upstart', and ‘a young smart arse' are all common examples of this. Williamson
makes Jock appeal physically intimidating by saying ‘I thumped her one…' and ‘I'm
glad I laid you out behind the lockers.'. Using expletives also made Jock out as being
physically even more intimidating. Sarcasim and irony are used very effectively to show
Jocks obtrusive manner.


Quite clearly Gerry is made out to be at the club for the sole purpose of making money.
‘…we'd all sell our grandmothers if the price is right'. He is also made out to be a
very well educated man, and uses many formal sayings. And is always criticising people
behind their backs.


Laurie believes in loyalty and tradition. He is shown to have unrealistic expectation of
others, yet he is unwilling to communicate with them because he believes that there is no
need to explain himself, ‘…I told them I wanted him dropped. That should have been
enough'. The language used to show his personality is blunt, direct and down to earth.


Danny is a loyal footballer that is behind his coach and the rest of the team, and
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