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How does Willis Hall create dramatic tension and excitement in the two sections involving the capture and killing of the Japanese soldier

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How does Willis Hall create dramatic tension and excitement in the two sections involving the capture and killing of the Japanese soldier? Willis Hall uses very effective techniques in creating dramatic tension and excitement in the two sections. The ones that are involved the most are stage directions and emotions of characters. These make the two sections exciting and dramatic. The excitement in the sections means the way the play makes us excited about some bits of the play and by dramatic tension is when the suspense levels get high and make us want to know more. The whole subject of the play is about tension and drama as it is set in the army and the realty of war is very dramatic and full of tension so Willis Hall might have used this to create an exciting and dramatic play. The two sections occur in different parts of the play. Section one which involves the capturing of the Japanese solider is two thirds of the way through act one of the play. This section starts of with Mitchem giving a long speech and the first sighting of the Japanese soldier. Also the solider enters the hut and decisions are made. The second section of the play is near the end of act two. ...read more.

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He says to Mitchem "I thought I saw a movement down the track" his language shows he is unsure if he actually saw anything. Mitchem then looks too were Bamforth was looking and asks Bamforth" are you sure, Bamforth?" and he reply's "Meaning what". These two sentences show Mitchem does not trust Bamforth completely and thinks he is lying. This is the start off when things start getting exciting for us as we don't know what Bamforth saw and makes us curious. Then shortly after they spot the Japanese soldier coming towards the hut, the group all hid so they do not get spotted. The pace of which the Japanese enters the hut is very slow this creates dramatic tension as we are unsure what will happen next. This puts the soldiers in a tense way as they are unsure if he is going to come into the hut. When the Japanese soldier comes into the hut Johnston grabs him quickly we quote from the stage directions "lunges forward and grabs the Japanese" lunges shows us it was done quickly. Johnston then tells someone to kill him but all refuse apart from Bamforth who is told to stop by Mitchem as he wants him alive. ...read more.

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Mitchem then gets tired of Bamforth talking so he slaps him to make him quiet. After this excitement is built up as the soldiers are in a hurry to get out of the hut and get away as possible form the Japanese soldiers. Mitchem knows that the chances of them getting back are slim. We support that as Mitchem says "we haven't got a snowballs chance in hell of getting back" he knows they wont get back and this adds to the dramatic tension as we are wondering if they will or will not get back. In the end all soldiers die apart from Johnston who has a wound in his arm. We know he isn't going to die as it says "waves the white flag" showing he calls peace to the Japanese soldiers shooting at him. All this is dramatic as a lot goes on in the last section. The main method that Willis Hall uses includes stage directions, character emotions and how they behave, way the play is set and the whole story line. All these add up to a very dramatic and exciting play. I think Willis Hall is very effective in creating dramatic tension and excitement as he uses the main story line and the techniques together to make us want to know what happens after. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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