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In Act II of the Into the Woods Musical by Stephen Sondheim, Your Fault stands out as a very interesting moment for the audience

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Hare Andrea Hare Theatre Appreciation ? THE 2000 Dr. Jason Buchanan October 23, 2012 Your Fault In Act II of the Into the Woods Musical by Stephen Sondheim, Your Fault stands out as a very interesting moment for the audience, where we try to figure out whose fault it is. The characters run around accusing each other of being responsible for the giant's wife revenge, but we never see them act reasonably because of their desperation to find someone to blame. In this song, we can see how the characters of the show are blamed whether or not they were able to defend themselves or had a real involvement in the situation. ...read more.

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The baker then claims that anything he did was the witch's fault, because she was the one who sent him to the quest to get the cow. It does seem unfair that the baker and his wife should do all of the witch?s commands in order to get pregnant, but life can be unfair sometimes, and just because someone else gave you trouble, doesn?t mean you are justified to solve your problems in an immoral way. Then the witch blames the baker?s father because he stole her vegetables and that was the reason that the curse got placed. And at this point, the discussion seems to settle down, but suddenly Jack points out that the giant?s wife must have come down with the bean the baker had left. ...read more.

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And in this specific part we can see a change in all the discussion, the use of violence. Cinderella pushed Jack because she thought he was greedy and from this point we can see how Jack?s reaction was to push the Little Red Riding Hood because she dared him to steal the harp. When the characters started feeling more pressed by the blame, they became more and more violent. And this violence ended only when they all agreed who to blame, which in this case was the witch During this song we can appreciate how humans react when they feel threatened, and their ability to make excuses. Under this kind of pressure they didn?t act reasonably they just wanted to blame someone which in the end turned to be the witch because they all agreed it was her fault. But, really they don?t actually have a base to sustain their conclusion. ...read more.

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