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Response to Niemoller poem.

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Response First stimulus: Niemoller poem. 'First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me. ' After receiving this stimulus my first thoughts about it were: * Prejudice * Together we stand, united we fall * If you don't speak up for others they wont speak up for you. (This relates to the golden rule in the bible.) * Stand up for what you believe in * If it didn't happen to him he didn't care After going into groups I found these feelings portrayed in the poem: * Loneliness * Anger * Fear * Guilt I then decided to do some research about Niemoller. This is what I found out: * Niemoller lived between 1892 - 1984 (he lived during both world wars) * Niemoller was high up in his community as a pastor * Niemoller consistently trashed everything the Nazis stood for Who could Niemoller be addressing this too? * He could be advising his son and making sure he doesn't do the same mistakes * He could be telling someone at a concentration camp to speak out and not be silent * He could be teaching a class of children * It could just be a general message to many of us. ...read more.


* They look oppressed and may be being forced to do something against their will. This links to the other stimuli include: * All show oppression in someway. In Neomoller it is about how other people are oppressed due to not having anyone to stand up for them. In the crucible it is about feeling they cannot stand up in case something bad happens to them. * Someone from a particular place or background seems to be having something against them. From all three stimuli I wrote this poem which expresses the thoughts portrayed by a single person who did not stand up: Poem: The pain that from not standing up, wasn't physical It was a mental stab with an icicle dagger right through my Na�ve heart Yet I cast back my mind, to the days, which I ignored, but they remain only as Black and white Tainted movies which flicker back and forth again in the back of my Disturbed mind Which regrets its pasts and makes me punch the floor and cause my Teeth to grind As the reminders of all the times I didn't do what was right, as I just watched and laughed and Though about your past, yours was Dark and unforgiving, Mine seemed full of light and promised me a future of hope and great potential. I walk my life blindly as my past's darkness surpasses me- the passer by who ignored you is the Man that you pity Now those days are over. ...read more.


If we had added background music it could have added a 3D effect to the production but I think silence was an effective tool. Evaluation I think this has been a successful workshop in which I have learnt a lot not just about drama but about everyday life. I think the most important thing I have learnt about everyday life is that you should always stand up for what you know is right. I think he most important thing I have learnt about drama is the little the little thing you do can have these biggest effects. For examples the small gestures done in the mothers nightmare had a big impact on the drama even though they were just a tiny thing. I also think a lot had been learnt about expression in movement and voice. I am most proud of the movement tableau as I think this has taught me and lot and been a successful piece. I one realise that you don't only need to use words to convey feelings and sometimes silence is best. If I could go back and change anything I would have added to the tension in sound improvisation. I think that it needed more sound and less movement. This would have helped make it more successful because it would have portrayed more feelings and reactions. I would have also made the piece shorter as it took too long. My first response in the exploration was prejudice but after some work and input from other I realised how closely linked prejudice and discrimination was. ...read more.

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