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comparing Billy Liar with chicago

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GCSE comparative essay: Comparing my performance Billy Liar with Chicago. In this comparative essay I will look at two texts. The two texts are, my devised performance Billy Liar and I will be comparing it with Chicago. I will shown that both of the performances have similarities and differences between them. There are a number of similarities and differences between the two plays one being the date. Billy Liar was written in the 1960s and it as set in Yorkshire. On the other hand Chicago was written in the 1920s and set in America. The 1920s was referred to as the "Jazz Age" or the "Roaring Twenties". The first television has made in 1925 and the Warner Brothers produces the first movie with a soundtrack. The fashion entered the modern era. Women began to wear more comfortable clothes such as short skirts or shorts. Men abandoned formal clothes and began to wear sport clothes. In the 1960s the first computer game was released also the first bank was opened this was Barclays Bank in London. Mary Quant invented the mini-skirt, which became very popular in the late 1960s. ...read more.

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Throughout the play Roxie has dream sequences, and each of the sequences there is jazz which the characters sing and dance to, this shows that there is an element of a musical in Chicago. There is also the odd element of comedy put in but not much and not equal to Billy Liar. This is shown when Roxie gets ignored by the press, because a new girl called Kitty has been brought to jail for committing a murder, so Roxie falls over and says "I'm okay I just hope that the fall didn't hurt the baby." This is unexpected I feel this is funny. A comic musical is a mixture of comedy and music put in to a film, play or west end performance. The themes in Billy Liar are, lies, rivalry, romance and family. Lies are shown when Billy is caught out. This is shown when Rita comes to see Billy about the ring, and he lies about were the ring is so that Rita does not come to the house, and sees Barbara with it. Rivalry is shown when Rita and Barbara have a fight in Billy's house about Rita's ring. ...read more.

Conclusion

The style in Billy Liar is naturalistic, this is because my performance does not have, montage, soliloquy's, symbol, music, action before narrative or symbolism. If I look at the film in general it shows dream sequences like Chicago, but I'm only looking at my performance as it has no dream sequences , so Billy Liar is naturalistic. In comparison Chicago is non- naturalistic as it has a number of dream sequences in the performance. It also has a lot of jazz and music so this also shows us that Chicago is non-naturalistic. Billy Liar and Chicago's styles differ because they are opposite to each other. There are many similarities and differences between the characters also. I'm going to compare Billy Fisher from Billy Liar and Roxie Hart from Chicago. I feel that both of the characters have a lot in common with each other. Billy lies to many a people about whom he is engaged to, where he was on the night of the dance and were Rita's ring is. Likewise Roxie lies to the whole of Chicago about the shooting of Fred but they both reached for the gun. She also said she is pregnant with Amos's baby. Both Roxie and Billy cheat on there partners this shows that they are both similar. Nisha Taylor Page of 2 4434 14/7/2008 ...read more.

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