Arthur Seaton

Arthur Seaton is my literary hero. We meet him in Alan Silittoe’s novel, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. In the film  of the book he is memorably played by the young Albert Finney. Arthur is a working class man employed at the Raleigh Cycle factory. He is contemptuous of  the boss class and those who aspire to climb the greasy pole. He is an early observer of the way the working classes are becoming sedated by television (and there were only two channels at the time). It’s interesting to have a character fantasising about smashing every TV set in his street back in the 1950s. Arthur is tough, self reliant and cynical. Contrast him with another working class character, the idler Jim Royle, glued to his seat whilst impotently ranting at the screen.

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