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DIVING FOR PEARLS ESSAY In the play Diving for Pearls by Katherine Thomson the audience or reader are subjected to a play that not only addresses the issues of restructuring and redundancy in the working class towns and the effect on the lives of the people involved but they also see a world of the main characters dens social life which I believe Thompson uses as a symbol for the future of the town As both seem to be making changes not necessarily for the best To make these issues more convincing Thompson uses many techniques to make the world she created more realistic Thompson does this by use of a filmic style of scene fusion Another way in which Thompson makes the play more real and therefor more convincing is by the use of Australian language including swearing and a gritty realistic work environment for the setting When you walk into the theatre or open the play the first thing you would notice is the setting Thompson uses this to her advantage as she describes her plays setting as the following It is set in a gritty realistic work environment Thompson does this because use of naturalistic style helps audiences to feel what they are seeing-witnessing-is real But why is a realistic setting more convincing to the audience The answer to this question lies in the fact that a realistic setting puts the issues raised in a more realist light Thus making it more convincing to the audience Thomson also uses a filmic like structure to link the scenes of her play Diving for Pearls together This is done through the use shorter scenes that tend to dissolve into one another so that the story and issues that she is trying to convey rolls on better and there are no gaps in between the scenes The reason Thomson uses a filmic element in the structure of her play is
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