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Compare "Baron Bolligrew" with the Lord of the Flies, written as a novel in 1954, but later adapted as a play in 1995.

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GCSE Drama Course work Mickey Down For our GCSE drama course work we performed the thwarting of Barron Bolligrew, which I will later abbreviate to "Baron Bolligrew," written by Robert Bolt in 1965. This essay is to compare "Baron Bolligrew" with the Lord of the Flies, written as a novel in 1954, but later adapted as a play in 1995. The play was adapted by Nigel Williams after being written by William Golding. There are many similarities and differences between the two plays in question, in terms of society, period, culture and style. Firstly I will comment on the period in which the plays are set. "Baron Bolligrew" though written in 1965 is not set in an obvious period of time, compared to Lord of the Flies which was written in 1954 post war Britain, and was also set in a similar time as there is evidence to suggest that William Golding was influenced by the war and conflict that Britain faced in WW2. In "Baron Bolligrew", although the play is set in the age of Knights and Dragons, there is still the introduction of modern materials and artefacts, such as Bolligrew's gun and time piece causing another sign that Robert Bolt intended there to be no obvious period. As stated, Lord of the Flies could be set post war, but there is no direct reference to a particular period or date. ...read more.

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The Themes Coincide in the plays as corruption plays a big role in "Baron Bolligrew" and Lord of the flies. Beliefs play an important part in the culture of the plays. The beliefs vary in both the plays. Ralph and Oblong both have good intentions and dislike cruelty and the hunting that Bolligrew and Jack partake in. Roger and Blackheart are similar in the fact that they share a lust for violence. For example when Roger's cries for "Murder Unlimited" are heard they are similar to Blackhearts Insults on Oblong and the fact that he wants his "Satisfaction" by beating him. Piggy believes that the laws they were accustomed to in England should be transferred to the island. He believes they should be orderly. Jack also shares these views on rules and regulations at the start when he orders his Choir to Form a line. However, during the course of the play his beliefs deteriorate to the level of the savages that he once despised. The lack of rules and boundaries causes the Characters on the Island to become savage and the beliefs redundant. In comparison, Oblong tries to change the beliefs of the characters in "Baron Bolligrew" for good, for example, when he confronts Magpie about his stealing. Smoothe has the different idea of having rest and leaving the hard work to the poor, this is similar to the views of Jack as he states "We can do whatever we want." ...read more.

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The lighting in "Baron Bolligrew" Is used to light the characters mostly, but at times such as the ship scene, lighting is used to effect where the play is set and to change the mood as Oblong is clearly terrified. This is also apparent in Lord of the Flies, though lighting is used more to create effect and mood than it is in "Baron Bolligrew." When Sam and Eric are alone together the dim, yellow lighting and the blackness around them is used to highlight fear and loneliness. The lighting is used, when Simon, Piggy and Ralph are on the beach, to show the lighted fire and it is used, when Jack and Roger are hunting, to show suspense fear and tension. Lighting is very important in creating the mood of the performance and it is another big factor in the outcome of the final performance. In conclusion, there are many factors in creating a play, and the two plays studied share aspects of them. There are differences and similarities between the plays on the way they are performed, staged and processed. The plays are similar in some ways, such as the relationships and status between the characters, and are different in other ways, such as the themes, culture and genre. "Baron Bolligrew" conveys the image of Exaggerated Heroism and a tale of knights used to form a parody, where as Lord of the flies uses naturalistic settings and text to create a more realistic and serious play. ...read more.

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