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Examine The Changing Attitudes shown to the Japanese Prisoner in The Long The Short And The Tall by close reference to two or three sections of the play at least one from act one and one from Act 2.

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Examine The Changing Attitudes shown to the Japanese Prisoner in The Long The Short And The Tall by close reference to two or three sections of the play at least one from act one and one from Act 2. I starting to examine the attitudes in act one a short while after the Japanese prisoner has been captured. When the prisoner is first captured all of the men show some sort of hostility towards him. Most noticeably Bamforth speaks very harshly: "Stand still you nig!" this shows immediate hatred towards the prisoner and the word "nig" shows his blatant racism towards the prisoner. However, at this stage it sounds like Bamforth is not really thinking about what he is saying as he used the word "nig" towards the Japanese prisoner when this is not the word is not usually associated with Japanese people. However one person in the play does not show a lot of hatred is Macleish. ...read more.

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Macleish backs up this statement with, "he's a family man himself" This shows us that Macleish has a growing leniency towards the prisoner. However this could be seen as false as he could just be worried about his brother. Later Macleish shows that he now sees the prisoner as a human being and therefore sees him as equal with the rest of the men. Next Macleish is starting to assess himself and wonders whether or not he could have killed the prisoner. Mitchem then tells him, "You get a bloke between your sights and stop to wonder whether he's got a family, jock, your families got you" This tells us that Mitchem is trying to get though to Macleish and Is at the moment not thinking morally but as a soldier. Then he said, "Your not paid to think" this is a very stern comment and relates Macleish and the other men as robots just to follow orders. ...read more.

Conclusion

The scene starts when Bamforth returns. Bamforth finds out as Macleish says, "We caught him with a fag case stuffed with British army smokes" Bamforth retaliates, you skotch nit! You dim skotch nit! I gave him them!" This shows Bamforth trying to take control of the situation. He tries to make them feel guilty for what they have done. He then says after he has stepped in front of the prisoner to protect him, "what's the matter Taff? Are your ears bad?" this shows that he is now putting the prisoner before his fellow men and sees the prisoner as more important. He has gone from insulting the prisoner to insulting his fellow men. Now Macleish says, "how was I to know? I mean, he gave one to me? Here Macleish is trying to cover his embarrassment and his guilt. You can tell he feels for the prisoner as he is trying to apologise for what he did. The final scene is where the prisoner is about to be handed back his cigarette case when they discover that it is British also. ...read more.

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