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The Long and The Short and The Tall The reasons why Mitchem spares the prisoners life Mitchem sapres the prisoners life as he intends to take the prisoner

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The Long and The Short and The Tall The reasons why Mitchem spares the prisoners life Mitchem sapres the prisoners life as he intends to take the prisoner back to camp with them for interrogation, as shown on page 40, 'we're taking this boy back to camp with us'. Mitchem orders for the prisoner not to be killed as he sees the bigger picture of the war. Mitchem thinks that if he captures a prisoner and brings him back alive this could result in him being merited and information could be revealed about the Japanese which could result in one step forward in the war for the British forces. Mitchem's decision makes military sense. What Johnstone's motives are for wanting to kil the prisoner Johnstone wants to kill the prisoner as he feels that the prisoner may either try to escape or call for help, 'suppose he tries to come it on? ...read more.


He takes joy in this as he is at the bottom of the rank ladder in the squad. He has no authority over anyone else in the hut. He finally is able to experience what it is like to give orders and for them to be followed. This is shown on page 45, 'Flingers up on blonce! (THE PRISONER obeys)'. How Willis Hall encourages our sympathy for the prisoner Willis Hall encourages our sympathy for the prisoner by giving him human qualities instead of just portraying him as the enemy. The squad realise after looking at a picture of the prisoner's wife and children that he is also just a human as well as being the enemy. This is shown on page 45, 'It's a picture of a Nippo bint... get this, Nippo snappers, Sarge. Two Jap kids'. The squad, especially Bamforth, begin to feel sympathy towards the prisoner and realises that the prisoner is basically the same as themselves. ...read more.


This increases tension as the patrol are very concerned about what the noise was and some of the squad react by being frightened and not knowing what to do, as seen previously in the Act. Finally, the vioce on the radio tells the patrol that the Japanese are coming to find them, as shown on page 40, ' We - you - come - to - get'. From this broadcast, Whitaker starts up in total fear but Mitchem pushes him back into his chair. All eyes are then on the prisoner. The majority of the inexperienced soldiers react by being frightened but the experienced of the patrol i.e. Mitchem still attempt to take control even though there may be a slight feeling of fear. This is when tension is at its peak when the audience feels that the patrol will not be able to handle the situation as they have managed to do previously in the Act. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lewis Hayes 10SM ...read more.

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