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Discuss The Following Characters In The Long and The Short and The Tall - Sergeant Mitchem - Corporal JohnstoneL/Corporal MacLeish or Private Whitaker - Private Bamforth

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Discuss The Following Characters In The Long and The Short and The Tall Sergeant Mitchem Corporal Johnstone L/Corporal MacLeish or Private Whitaker Private Bamforth You should concentrate on any changes you notice in them after they capture the Jap. Sergeant Mitchem is the leader of the group, which can even be acknowledged from the start of the play. He is the true leader of the group and you can really see the leadership qualities stand out in the play especially when he has to intervene when Macleish and Bamforth are both at the ready to fight. He shows good leadership skills by being able to get the two back in order again. And proves again that he has good leadership skills by being able to discipline Bamforth verbally rather than physically. "But if you want to try and come it on with me I'll tell you, here and now, that I can be a bastard." This symbolizes a warning to Bamforth that he is in charge and he will not take any messing about from him. He has to make sure that the all the men are kept in order and keep to the straight and narrow path and make sure that none of them get too worked up and to make sure he can keep them going on and to make sure that none of them want to give up. ...read more.


"Too true, lad. Watch it. Watch it careful. I've had my bellyful of you this time out." He does not have any way of talking to Bamforth as Mitchem has which is why the only way he is able to control Bamforth is by physical force and by pulling rank. When they capture the Japanese soldier unlike Bamforth his attitude towards the soldier is entirely different to the view of Mitchem who does what he does because it is a war but by a strange and very violent hatred of the enemy that he shows on many occasions. He seems to never stop being cruel to the Japanese soldier, he tears up the photograph the soldier has of his wife and his two children, he refuses to give him water and he seems to be not able to see any humanity in the soldier. He acts as if the soldier is a piece of dirt and treats him like it as long as he is alive. "It's a bloody nip." He seems to be making it look like because he is Japanese he is not human he is different. During the conversation between himself and Mitchem he asks if he shall kill the prisoner and with the attitude he has had to the prisoner throughout the whole play it seems that he would kill him. ...read more.


It shows how much of a dramatic change he has taken by the fact that he is ready to defend the prisoner with his life compared to the person he was at the beginning of the play. Whitaker is a young soldier who is very vulnerable private and during the greatest proportion of the play is trying to fix the radio that has got a low battery. He is attempting to fix it in the face of all of the teasing which Bamforth is giving him. He is very jumpy which is probably caused by the fact he is nervous and he is also very inexperienced and when he is handed a sten gun by Mitchem as Mitchem and Johnstone are restraining Bamforth it is quite inevitable that a nervy Whitaker who has just joined the army is going to make a mistake and that mistake is that he shoots the Japanese prisoner. This is because the Japanese who are near by because they have been picked up on the radio hear this noise and are able to locate them in the hut. This leads to the whole lot of them being killed but cannot be blamed totally on Whitaker who shouldn't of been told to watch the prisoner because they should of known that he was very nervy and would most likely make a mistake. Daniel Burke 10M ...read more.

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