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'At the Inland Sea' a play written by Edward Bond - review

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Introduction

Tom Moore At The Inland Sea 'At the Inland Sea' was a play written by Edward Bond, its purpose as a remarkably written play is to characterise key moments to create an affect on his audience. Three specific moments of the play include 'the women rising from the bed, the old lady's entrance and the dramatic ending'. Firstly I will comment on the effects used in the first key moment when 'the woman' rises from the bed. Bond's choice of setting for this particular moment was chosen very precisely this had a purpose. Its purpose was to be set in 'the boy's bedroom' so the audience can all familiarise themselves with the surroundings. This is a clever way to draw in the audience's attention so when future events occur the shock has more of an affect. When the women eventually rises from the boys bed his actions are 'frozen' as he sees her wearing these 'old, ragged clothes and carries a baby wrapped in a bundle'. The audience also see her at the same current time the audience are then forced to mirror the boy's actions and also made to ask questions in their heads, Bond is using the involvement of the audience to create an effective affect. ...read more.

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is safe but the only way that she would know that is if she could see the future therefore it is said that she is a metaphor for the world and her revealed dress underneath her smock is 'filthy, bloody, torn, scorched, soot-marked, foul with corruption'. This is seen as being the worlds damaged parts and although all this has damaged the dress some how the dress still stays in one piece. This tells the audience that even thought the world can be disguised as being ok (the smock the old woman originally wears) it never is (the old woman's revealed dress). Secondly the old woman has an uncontrolable continuous laughter this contrasts against the stories that she tells concerning the 'deaths of thousands of innocent people'. This relieves the audience with the laughter of the old woman swinging the audiences emotions from side to side disgusting them and making them laugh at the same time. The old woman (the world) is emotionaly torn apart she laughs because she thinks it is funny to even dream of peole wanting to kill innocent people never mind making it their aim. ...read more.

Conclusion

We are asked to think what it can be and how are you meant to save a life just through telling a story? Although this is the point that Bond is trying to make throughout the play that although you can't come up with any old story to save a life but if the story is passed through the generations then the world can be saved. The final story the woman says she has told a story 'without hope' and then asks the boy to finish it so they 'can die again!'. 'The people then begin to rave in new pain' again distressing for the boy and therefore the audience too as the story is told a final image of hope 'the sound of people breathing together as one' this tells us that they have been set free to die leavn the audience with a warm feelin inside as if they have contibuted to the story in some way. Over all Bonds techniques used on his audince are to engage them and place them into the play by using characters which can be replaced by the audience in order to draw their attention into the play and its meaning beneath the text. ...read more.

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