Essay THE SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS

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THE SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS

Introduction
Blue Remembered Hills is a play set in 1943 written by Dennis Potter. It studies a group of seven-year-olds playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon until the character Donald, or better known as "Donald Duck" by his friends, is burned to death as a result of the other childrens ' actions. The play comprises a variety of brutality - including: emotional abuse, physical abuse, child abuse, and animal cruelty. This essay will be covering the social and historical context of these cruel elements in the play.

Socio-Historical Context 1
Historically, Blue Remembered Hills shows the innocence of children from their reactions to the violent activities
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The squirrel is sort of like a smaller version of Donald. Donald is lower in status compared to the other children whilst the squirrel is lower in size. Dennis Potter uses the squirrel as a symbol for the bullying Donald recieves and may also perhaps be foreshadowing Donald 's death.

Socio-Historical Context 3
Physical bullying is prominent throughout Potter 's play, it is shown many a times, one of them when Peter asks if he can have some apple and

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