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How does the programme Blackadder describe the lives, fears and feelings of the men in World War One , and how does the producer use specific media devices and how it is likely to effect the audience

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Jack Cooper 10x3 Blackadder 'Goodbyee' How does the programme Blackadder describe the lives, fears and feelings of the men in World War One , and how does the producer use specific media devices and how it is likely to effect the audience In the satirical comedy Blackadder goes Forth, I will be discussing the final episode 'Goodbyee,' and how the programme describes the lives, fears and feelings of the men in World War One. I will also be describing how the producers use specific media devices and how it is likely to affect the people in the audience. Whilst watching Blackadder the audience see how life in the trenches was like. Living in the trenches makes the audience see how hard life was. The food looks revolting and eventually they ran out of food and have to use substitutes. An example of this is when Baldrick makes coffee from mud, saliva and dandruff this is comical for the audience but it is made better by Baldrick keeping a straight face in the process. This shows the audience just how frantic it was in the trenches and how far the soldiers were willing to go to for the necessities. ...read more.

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Again there is a slow regular drum beat this is to show the audience that darling is definitely going into battle. Another time in which the producer uses high-quality media devices is in the scene where Blackadder is asking Field Marshall Haig to get him out of the war, but, when Haig finds out who it is on the phone, he knocks down lots of toy soldiers on his desk. He then sweeps the soldiers up and simply throws them over his shoulder, this shows that the men being killed doesn't mean a thing to Haig. This also shows the audience that Haig is taking the war merely as a game and doesn't care that millions of men are dying. He then stands up one of the men when he gives Blackadder advice this is to show that there is only going to be one man left in the trench and Haig doesn't care about anyone's life except himself. Haig also shows that he is prepared to save one mans life when he could've stopped the war. This makes the audience feel very sorry for the men who put their lives on the line for their country. ...read more.

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Now is the time when the colour comes back and the field becomes filled with poppies this is to symbolize all the blood that has been shed from all of the men who fought in the war. As the final credits appear the audience hear only a bird song and the original theme tune isn't played. This is done to show the audience that peace has been restored and also in the war people never heard a bird singing and they are using one now to show the war is over. There is a lot of feelings to take in and it is very emotional for the audience this is linking reality with the programme. I think I have described Blackadder Goes Forth very well. I have shown that the producer uses specific media devices and how it was to affect the audience, basically making them feel a great deal of sympathy for those men who fought for their country in world war one. It also shows the audience that what life was like for the higher ranked people e.g.- Field Marshall Haig than what it was like in the trenches. I have learnt that Blackadder is more than just a comedy and really does show me what happened in World War One. ...read more.

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