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Compare and contrast 'Blackadder goes forth by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton' and 'Journey's End by R.C. Sheriff, and Two poems 'Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen' and 'The Soldier by Rupert Brooke'.

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Part 1 * Compare and contrast at least one poem and one play. * Two plays: 'Blackadder goes forth by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton' and 'Journey's End by R.C. Sheriff'. * Two poems: 'Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen' and 'The Soldier by Rupert Brooke'. * The basic structure of the essay should be split into four sections - Context, themes, character and style. * Make brief reference to how these techniques and ideas could be used in my own piece. The contexts of all the pieces contrast and compare in certain ways. The two poems are set in WW1 and both plays are set in 1918, this is significant as it is the end period of the war and portrays its finality. ...read more.

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"Right - first put your underpants on your head, and two pencils up your nose." 'Blackadder' The main theme of each text is war. In 'Blackadder' the themes of anxiety and waiting are explored, this is contrasting to 'The Soldier' in which a patriotic picture is painted, this being a false image and the theme of escapism. 'Dulce...' deals with destruction and the losses of war it is very specific and its negative text showing no hope. "...White eyes writhing in his face, his hanging face, like a devil sick of sin..." 'Dulce...' 'Journey's end' is at contrast with this as it uses humour to lift the spirit making it more positive, the use of small talk creates the theme of hope throughout this play. ...read more.

Conclusion

The friction and rivalry between characters in each text soon changes to friendship, this is shown in 'Blackadder'. At the beginning Blackadder and Darling are rivals but they join as friends towards the end and die together. The use of reality in 'Dulce...' and the use of unreality in 'The Soldier' are effective styles of drama. The conflict between these two is easily identified. In 'Journey's end' humorous comments are used to show hope, as they are in 'Blackadder'. The frantic pace of 'Dulce...' and 'Blackadder' represents the chaos of war. Both 'Journeys end' and 'The soldier' have quite a calm pace. There are many techniques that have been used in each piece that I think could be effective if incorporated into my own improvisation. I like the contrast of reality and unreality, and the false image portrayed in 'The soldier'. ...read more.

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