Ling 131: Language & Style
|Getting to know Applicant|
|Assumptions in Applicant|
|Turn-taking in Applicant|
|Topic 13 "tool" summary|
Getting to know Applicant
The sketch begins as if it were an interview, but quickly ‘degenerates’
into something more like a psychological experiment and then a torture
and interrogation session. Then, at the very end the situation is suddenly
changed back to interview mode. The changes are all instigated by Miss
Piffs, who seems to need to dominate the interviewee, Mr Lamb, throughout.
She doesn’t seem at all interested in finding out Mr Lamb’s
views or what he can do, but effectively humiliates and tortures him.
Much of what she talks about after the first part of the sketch has to
do with women or male/female relations. So the sketch looks like an early
absurdist take on gender relations, where male and female roles are dramatically
reversed. Some of the questions Miss Piffs asks are also rather strange,
and will need to be explored to see why they are absurd.