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Comparing the media of scenes in Journeys End and Black Adder Goes Forth

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Comparing the media of scenes in Journeys End and Black Adder Goes Forth. Journeys end is an awesome and eye-opening book to be set out as a play; it shows the viewer how devastating and demoralising the Great War was. R.C Sherriff, the author of Journeys End, was a brave man who was unfortunate enough to get wounded while serving in the army; he was an officer in the East Surrey regiment and was wounded in the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Although everyone knew of the Great War being horrific and shattering, R.C Sherriff wanted to dramatically emphasise the sheer demoralising effect the war had on the dignified soldiers that graciously stood on foreign ground and where forced to sacrifice their lives for the grater good of the world. Journeys End displays a vast amount of despair, as do the actors who play the soldiers. The dug out is exceptionally dark and incredibly undersized and so the sense of claustrophobia is immense. The camera angles through out the film shows this as you only ever notice the camera is in one place at a time; there are sometimes close up shots of characters or groups of characters in one frame. If there is a character walking, the camera is stood still and pivots on one axis for the reason that if it was following the character it would give a sense of free movement and space which is the opposite of what it was like in the dug out. ...read more.

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This scene is very important as it shows the viewer that in world war one there was nothing else to do; Black Adder couldn't attend to anyone or set out on one of his cunning plans because they just simply couldn't and that's why this scene is an important one as it shows the average soldiers' life in panorama. The day after Stanhope and Raleigh had their quarrel, Stanhope's emotions toward Raleigh changed very much so; he wouldn't look at Raleigh at all in the morning, and was very withdrawn from him. The camera frame was very close to Stanhope's face when he was at the table telling Raleigh to go up, this is so that it seems that Stanhope's emotions have maximized and have inflated. The close up of his face really brings out the stress and frustration that he had bottled up. He soon falls back to his child like state when something tragic happens to Raleigh and regrets all that he has done. One of the soldiers in Journeys End tries to fake neuralgia to get sent home and away from the horrific noises that drove so many soldiers to insanity. He keeps begging Stanhope to leave and go to the hospital; this is what many people used to do whilst on the front line. It was that or getting shot; there was no other way to get out. ...read more.

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He tries to distance himself a little so that he wont get emotionally hurt. In black Adder they are given the signal to go "over the top". Baldrick spots a splinter in the ladder and has "a cunning plan". Although Black Adder knows what he can quite easily do, he refuses it and upholds his post as a soldier and goes over the top anyway This really does show how noble the soldiers where in the great war. As Raleigh dies Stanhope gets angry and all hell breaks lose on the machine gun. I think this spoils the scene in Journeys End, as it was not written in the play. The ending is very sad as it shows a bomb destroying the dugout along with the soldiers, leaving a barren landscape full of debris with Raleigh's body covered in soil and wooden beams. This ending shows death and destruction and really shows how bad the war was. Black Adder too had a sad ending as it shows them running over the top; the movement slows down and the Black Adder music is played on a grand piano very slowly for a grand ending. Eventually the music dies off leaving a barren landscape. At the very end though it shows a poppy field where the battlefield was, to show that there is still hope; there is also bird song in the background to indicate peace. ...read more.

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