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Comparison of The long and the short and the tall and Journeys end

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Timothy Dry Comparison of 'The long and the short and the tall' and 'Journeys end' In this essay I'm going to compare the two plays The Long and the Short and the Tall. The Long and the Short and the Tall takes place in Malaya during the Second World War. The patrol in The Long and the Short and the Tall had been sent from a base in Singapore to discover the strengths of the Japanese army as it swept through the jungle towards Singapore. Its set in a disused mine hut. Journeys End is set in a dugout in the British trenches before St Quentin. It takes place around an attack on the front line. Journeys End was written much closer in time to the event it is about than The long and the short and the tall. ...read more.

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This would have created a gap between the actors and the audience. The long and the short and the tall has actors coming through the audience. This makes it seem as if the audience are more of a part of the action. Journeys End does have symbolic elements such as gloomy tunnels representing depression this makes it easier to believe. In Journeys End it may be more believable than The long and the short and the tall because it is set in the war zone and we get to hear bombs, and see casualties where the public have heard more about- the trenches. The public wasn't as aware of the jungle fighting and it may have seemed a little unrealistic that there would be soldiers fighting in the jungle. Journeys End was also set closer to home than The long and the short and the tall and therefore would have seemed something to do with them more than somewhere in Malaysia. ...read more.

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Their different reaction brings out how much more intimate Stanhope has got with the men than the Colonel. In both plays they find some way of getting war out of their minds, in The long and the short and the tall they read magazines and talk about girlfriends they had. In The long and the short and the tall they talk about things thy have in common for example Osbourne and Raleigh have an interest in sport. In Journeys End they have lots of time for unnecessary detail. So we can see lots of differences and similarities between the two plays. I think that The long and the short and the tall is better because it is set over one day and doesn't spread the time. Journeys End is too rushed and I don't think it has as much structure as The long and the short and the tall. I also like it better because it is more intimate with the audience. ...read more.

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