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Responce Phase

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Response Phase We began our workshop by talking and discussing in our groups the explorative strategies to enhance our understanding in our drama piece. We started off by looking at the Recruitment posters from WW1. Song: "I'll make a man out of you" " Oh what a lovely War". From this discussion we learnt about the factors of war. For me going to war is about pride and love of your country. This song is relating to the thought that war will make you very popular and get the attention of lots of ladies. The song is trying to persuade young men to go out and fight for their country in the war. The methods used to recruit the soldiers are mainly seductive and sly because the woman performing this song is making herself look as though any army man can have her, and that women only fall for the so called brave army man. These methods would attract and entice the attention of a young man. It would mostly work on younger men because a young man would not have had as much encounters with a woman as an older man and younger men at this time were much more gullible. An older man would see right through the corny/fake attempt of this song and wouldn't fall for the seductiveness of the woman. ...read more.

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The mental impact left engraved in the minds of veteran soldiers is so immense that they have been scarred for life. It also made me think that a human being can only do so much and should be rewarded for their efforts. Young men are enticed into what they think is a glamorous career but in fact there is nothing glamorous about shooting and killing in the trenches. The thought of war can make a man want power and feel great about him, but deep inside fear starts to gap out. This can make even the toughest man alive cannot concentrate fully when under pressure or if they are nervous. When a soldier goes to war they shouldn't be judged on what how they died or how they have killed numerous amount of people, they should be judged on his/her efforts towards the war and surviving. Also every soldier should not be in it for the fun of going to war. War is about doing your country proud not showing off your weaponry skills. We did still images relating to this poem. The Still Images were based on a family of a soldier getting on a boat and sailing of into war. I think that the Still Imaging makes you the audience see how someone is feeling in just facial expressions and body positioning. ...read more.

Conclusion

This task allowed my character to improvise his feelings towards what he had done. My character was the sniper that shot down two people. In my characters monologue I talked about how he was full of glee after shooting down those people and wishes hi could have killed more. This emotional sequence makes the audience see that people such as this sniper man can have amusement from very disturbing events, which could mostly be caused due to all the build up to war. War can make any individual suffer mentally and cause mental illnesses. For the duologues they had to limit their speeches down to a maximum of 10 words. I think this is a very effective task because it makes the character's emotions extremely effective. It makes the character communicate with the audience not only with words, but also with facial expressions and body movements. When someone has less words to say they have to use their emotional ability to try and show to audience how they are feeling. It made you feel really bad when you see how people can make you feel depressed by the slightest movement of their face or depressing gestures. A lot of actors can do this because they are naturally talented in making signs without using their voices. It made me feel as a character in this drama piece that words cannot describe all of what a person is feeling, sometimes you have to dig deep into your emotions to try and express yourself to other people. ...read more.

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