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DNA Dennis Kelly GCSE Literature. Quotes and meanings/signifcance.
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The first word in the play.
"Proper dead, not living dead"
Shows Jan's disbelief at the situation.
"Coz it's not funny"
Language to show that the characters are young.
"So shoot me. So kill me, Phil, call the police, lock me up, rip out my teeth out with a pair of rusty pliers"
Leah acting drastically.
"you know, Mr popular, you know, you haven't, you know, you haven't, you know"
Repetition, fillers. (Leah)
"We are screwed"
Showing how weaker characters feel dependent on a leader, Lack of hope.
"Look, haven't I looked after things before?"
Rhetorical question, well argued to make the group believe him (JT)
"This is tricky, it's a tricky"
John Tate loosing his power as weaker characters start speaking over him.
"I can't get mixed up in this. I'm gonna be a dentist"
Danny showing his aspirations and wanting not to get in trouble.
"let's not overplay the, the,the"
Hesitation , JT losing power.
"Alright. New rule: that word is banned."
John Tate bringing back his authority.
"I'm going to have to ,you know, bite their face . Or something"
John Tate's threats in order to keep his power.
"Right, that's... now I really am getting a little bit cross"
Hesitation, treating the group like young children.
"Better than ordinary life"
Shows Cathy's feelings to the murder.
"I'm gonna hurt you, actually"
John Tate threatening against his power being overtaken or challenged.
"You shouldn't threaten me, John"
Richard showing his powerful, leader like abilities.
"very silly and dangerous"
John Tate telling Richard where his loyalty should be, and what it would be if it wasn't with him.
"You crying little piece of filth"
John Tate bullying Brian.
"We were in stitches weren't we"
Jan and mark relying on each other in speech.
"he was laughing harder than anyone"
Mark trying to justify his actions towards Adam.
"Not to hit him, just for the laugh"
The gangs horrific actions towards vulnerable Adam being revealed.
"Dead. He's dead"
John Tate breaking his rule in order to reveal what's happened to Adam.
"you wait until his mum's out, you break in"
Phil's calculating nature being revealed. First time he speaks in the play.
"That will be a DNA nightmare"
First mention of the name of the play.
"tell them that a man showed you his willy in the woods"
Brian being used as a weak character to cover up the murder.
"I'm making this up as I go along"
Phil's intelligence is shown here as he sable to make up something so thought out in seconds.
"if everyone keeps their mouths shut we should be fine"
Phil asserting authority and finishing his speech.
-they stare at him open mouthed-
Stage direction to show the shock of the gang.
"Chimps are evil"
What Leah describes chimps as.
"They kill and sometimes torture each other to find a better position within the social structure"
Metaphor for the groups behavior towards Adam.
"Such sadness in those intelligent eyes."
Talking about Bonobo's.
"but the tiniest change in their DNA..."
Significance of the play's title.
"I wonder what you would do if I killed myself"
Leah acting for attention from Phil's silences.
-Phil opens his crisps and begins to eat them-
Phil acting selfishly and as though Leah is not important (by eating instead).
"I mean what is happy, what's happy all about?"
A moral message from Leah (happiness)
"It's like nuclear waste or global warming"
"It's life that upsets the natural order. It's us that's the anomaly."
Another of leah's moral messages (nature)
"It's Jerry. I killed him"
Leah acting in ways to show she is desperate for his attention.
"Grief is making them happy"
Moral message. Human's are weird. (grief)
"but the man who killed Adam doesn't actually exist, does he. Well does he?"
Leah using her intelligence and morals to show how she thinks it is wrong to blame an innocent person.
"We showed...initiative, we-"
Cathy regretting her decision to get 'real' Dna evidence.
"I can't go in there, don't make me go in there"
Brain showing as being a weak character.
"Or we'll take you up the grille"
Phil showing his callas nature for the first time.
"You'll land on Adam's corpse and you'll rot together"
Graphic description from Phil to threaten Brian.
Show's Leah's exasperation and frustration at Phil's long silences.
"Your brain is entirely waffle"
Joke to show how Phil is always eating/ he cares more about food than Leah.
"Suddenly everyone's Adam's best friend"
Showing how human's are too faced, and treat people differently when they are gone.
-They stand around a boy who looks like a tramp-
Finding Adam in the woods.
"I crawled, I love crawling, I love crawling"
Brian going crazy with guilt.
"Shall we eat the earth?"
Brian threatening to do increasingly odd actions
"I used violence"
Cathy being violent towards Adam
"Adam, it's Adam, my name's Adam."
Adam seeming confused and disorientated.
"but just dark maybe a light high,high,high"
Adam's story of the grille
"Or do you want to stay? Are you happy? Here?"
Phil acting immorally towards his friend by letting him make decisions when he does not have the sanity.
"I'm in charge. Everyone is happier. What's more important: one person or everyone?"
Phil doing what is best for the majority of the group.
The first time that Phil show's that he cares about Leah when she leaves"
-suddenly she stops chewing and spits out the sweet-
Leah rejecting Phil for the first time. Shows her anger at his actions.
"John Tate's found God"
Shows what happens when power gets too much and makes you mad. (God)
"She's insane. She cut a first year's finger off, that's what they say anyway"
Richard describing how Cathy is now more violent than before.
"I knew we weren't alone in the universe"
Richard mirroring the type of monologues Leah used to say to the silent Phil.
"Come back, Phil."
Richard's desperation for Phil to take back over Cathy's leadership
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