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Discuss the similarities/differences between the ideas of a community (inc. devised work) in The Yarn with The Chrysalids, The Children and The Crucible.

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A Community Task: Discuss the similarities/differences between the ideas of a community (inc. devised work) in The Yarn with The Chrysalids, The Children and The Crucible. Our stimulus extract from The Yarn (our most recent text) provided us with various themes that we had grown to be familiar with. After brainstorming The Yarn it came to our attention that it's ambiguous and almost chilling storyline was similar to those of The Chrysalids, The Children and The Crucible. The theme of prejudice was evident throughout all of the texts and seemed to follow the exact same definition - "discrimination towards those different to you". In The Yarn the "Dowser" family put themselves on the outside of their community, this could have been them being prejudice against the community and not wanting to be involved or fear of being disliked. ...read more.

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The Chrysalids society seemed to feel threatened by the danger of mutation; I think this is because mutation had led to a strict and ruthless definition of what constituted humanity in their community. I also think that segregation was inevitable to some extent due to how the atomic war had shattered civilization and left large parts of the world uninhabitable. In The Yarn the Dowser family secluded themselves from the village and "built on a patch of land at the far side of the heath", this may have been because they felt threatened by the community in the actual village. In The Children it was clear that as soon as the estate was built on the children's allotment they began to feel threatened, by the new "snobs" taking over. ...read more.

Conclusion

In The Crucible's society everybody was expected to conform to a strict code of belief. Anyone who expressed an opinion, which was slightly out of keeping with the existence of the devil, was liable to be accused of heresy. The people took a rather literal view of The Old Testament and relied upon it to explain much that was unknown. The Chrysalids's community seemed to be overwhelmed by religious faith and religious fanaticism whereas The Children's community did not indicate any association with religion. I believe that the ideas of a community displayed in these four texts have many similarities and differences and with the use of physical theatre all the themes could be enhanced to create a more intense and evocative piece of drama. If I was to produce a piece of physical theatre based around these texts the predominant theme that stood out was the idea that; any deviation from the norm was considered abomination. ...read more.

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