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How have composers used texts in an interesting way to explore the concept of courage?

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How have composers used texts in an interesting way to explore the concept of courage? Composers have used different types of texts to explore the concept of courage and within these texts have used a range of techniques to appeal to their prescribed audience. Courage isn't only being heroic and fearless, rather it is a concept that draws on ones moral values and ones ability to stand up for what is right. Points in support of this include, Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame or discouragement, courage is rendered once an individual has done what they're afraid to do and the capital force that influences courage is context. This is highlighted in the following texts, The Four feathers, the famous image of The 1967 Black Power Salute and Mississippi Burning. Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame or discouragement. Moral Courage includes doing something hard that no one else would do or want to do and this would be due to the outcomes of the situation. For example in the Four Feathers, Harry asks Jack "Do you ever think what it's gonna be like when we get there" and also tells him "I sometimes wonder what a godforsaken desert in the middle of nowhere has to do with the queen." ...read more.

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This means that once an individual has overcome their fear then only have they rendered their courage. This can be seen in the four feathers when harry quotes' "I have to believe this time I will face up to my fears and prove to myself and others that I am not a coward." This supports the argument because it tells us that harry was afraid to go to war but then faced up to his fears in order to clear his name as a coward, because men who did not embrace war were characterised as cowards. The composer uses techniques within the scene to inform the audience that harry has overcome his fears by travelling to Sudan to prove to his friends that he will not be remembered as a coward. For example the composer has used a sound technique which consists of fast beats which resemble Arabian music. The composer does this to show the audience that harry is in Sudan as the Arabian music sounds help portray the Sudanese environment. The composer also used clapping sounds which shows that harry has overcome his fear and gone to Sudan to render his courage. ...read more.

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They could not speak against what was happening because the law allowed this. "No court in Mississippi can convict me for killing a nigger" which is quoted by a KKK member and "these are due to outside influence" which is quoted by the judge. These two quotes show us that the whites were above the law so black people really could not do anything about their unjust and inhumane treatment in Mississippi. This requires a different type of courage to that of the four feathers. This courage is standing up for what is right in the face of popular opposition and trying to bring about change which requires one to consider his moral values. For example the courage that Aaron portrayed "it aint colour folks you should be talking to", which included standing up for what is right by having the courage to speak to a white F.B.I agent. The following statements portray how context influences courage and that courage isn't just being heroic and fearless, rather it is a concept that draws on ones morale values. In conclusion, Courage isn't only being heroic and fearless, rather it is a concept that draws on ones moral values and ones ability to stand up for what is right. Composers show this extensively by using texts in an interesting way to explore the concept of courage and position the audience. ...read more.

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