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Compare Willow Pattern written by Judith Johnson and performed in spring 2004, with Dust written by Sarah Daniels and performed in spring 2003.

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Comparative Drama Essay By Barbara Williams In this essay I will compare Willow Pattern written by Judith Johnson and performed in spring 2004, with Dust written by Sarah Daniels and performed in spring 2003. Willow Pattern was oriental Chinese and had a very patriotic culture where status and royalty were of great significance. This was shown throughout the play through dialogue with the Mandarin or Ta-Jins's mother, in which it was revealed that the social hierarchy played a major role at the time. Dust was set in modern times and showed the prevailing culture of the 21st century; however it also went into ancient roman times and in both time periods status was also very important. This became apparent through scenes on the tube as a group of girls ganged up on Flavia and the attitudes of the audience in the arena. The main themes running through Willow Pattern were relationships, true love, power, control and anger. The anger and power were explored through the character of the Mandarin, the person that everyone but Knoon-She (his daughter) ...read more.

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Also in Dust, Boudicca talked about the after life. Another thing the productions had in common was the feeling of loneliness. This was developed in Willow Pattern when Knoon-She was fenced in and was forbidden to see Chang, and many times in Dust when Flavia was rejected by the gang or the girly glads, when she was stranded on the tube before and after the explosion, and when Amazon was killed. Willow Pattern was a tragedy. This was apparent in many parts of the play, such as: when Knoon-She was fenced in; when the Mandarin talked of the death of his wife; when Knoon-She was forced by her father to marry someone against her will; the way in which the mandarin treat the doves he had given his daughter as a gift; the promise of revenge from the Mandarin when Knoon-She, Chang and Min escaped; and when the Mandarins pure rage lead to the death of his daughter and her lover. ...read more.

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Another difference between the two was the way Willow Pattern used dance and more music than Dust. In Willow Pattern I played the mandarin's daughter, Knoon-She and in Dust, a 15 year old girl called Flavia. Knoon-She was different from Flavia in many ways. The first of which was Knoon-She's headstrong ways. She was a very feisty character who knew her mind and remained true to herself from start to end. She was a very lively character, sometimes a little over excitable, and giggled a lot; she was a generally happy person. However Flavia was very unsure of herself throughout the play until the final scenes. She lacked confidence and was willing to change her personality to fit in with others; she followed the crowd and yearned for acceptance. An obvious difference between the two roles was that Knoon-She died but Flavia did not. A similarity was that each character finally had the confidence to do what they wanted to do. Knoon-She braved defying her father to be with Chang, and Flavia had the courage to put an end to her shallow friendship with Chloe ...read more.

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