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Angela crosses her arms in mimicry of adult exasperation.

Adults often have very little idea of the effect which they have on the children around them. The entire lack of adults within this play is counterbalanced by the childrens rudimentary parody of their actions. The danger is, however, that the children copy the negative actions of adults, as well as the positive ones.

We dont want you girls along [with] us. Here Dennis Potter presents us with the classic disliking of little boys for little girls. Though it may seem innocent enough, this may be either representing or foreshadowing typical chauvinistic male attitudes to women.

Donald Duck Poor, terrified Donald is abused by his mother, abandoned by his father and bullied by all the other children, except perhaps Raymond, who is also teased. They brand him with a juvenile nickname, thus stripping him of his identity. Raymond is mocked because of his stammer. Foreshadowing is again present here, as the innocent yet terrible savagery of children is so easily translated into adulthood and real tragedy.

Hiding in the trees, werent we? / Thats right. We didnt see nothing. / We dont know nothing about it, do us? By the disastrous conclusion of the play, the children are well and truly stripped of their innocent childhood. It seems that their earlier examples of adult cruelty have translated into real trouble.

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