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I will look at war in my improvisation and to help me gain an understanding of literature and poetry based on the war I will be looking at two poems and one piece of script writing. Both poems were

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Drama Part 1 I will look at war in my improvisation and to help me gain an understanding of literature and poetry based on the war I will be looking at two poems and one piece of script writing. Both poems were written and set during the First World War. The Soldier was written shortly before the war and therefore its purpose was to be a piece of propaganda to make the war seem like a good thing to do for your country. Dulce EST Decorum EST is actually written by someone who was in the war and therefore its purpose is to show the atrocities of war and a true insight into the war. Blackadder was written in 1988 and set in 1918. ...read more.

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Dulce shows the horrific side of the war and I think it shows what the war would have been like very accurately. Dulce is quite a shocking poem with its emotive choice of language. Blackadder shows the fear the soldiers had in World War 1 and the realistic side of it. Dulce and Blackadder both make a strong political comment about the war. Blackadder makes the war look like it run by mad people and that senior officers just sit miles from the front line nice and comfy. Dulce makes a comment also on the lies that children are told about the war to hide them from its brutality. Blackadder is a scripted piece of writing and has characters init that you can look at. ...read more.

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Melchett just sits in his office commanding the men on the front line even though he has no great knowledge of the front line conditions. The Soldier gives a personal viewpoint on the war and has a sentimental message. Dulce uses shock to gets its point across and Blackadder uses humour and irony to present its view on war. At the end of Blackadder when they go over the top it has music and uses slow motion which gives it a depressing and sad feel and men went over the top all the time in the war so it shows what a depressing place it would have been. Studying Blackadder has interested me and I think my group will use humour in our performance to give the war a more laid back feel even though it wasn't like that at all. I think humour would be easier for people to understand. ...read more.

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