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Analysis of a Scene From Brookside

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Anoop Dhaliwal 11BAB GCSE ENGLISH- ANALYSIS OF A SCENE FROM BROOKSIDE I intend to discuss the issue of euthanasia in terms of how the subject is reflected in soaps such as Brookside. Firstly, I shall explain what the term Euthanasia means. I will then go on to debate why soaps deal with contentious topics such as Euthanasia. According to the dictionary the term Euthanasia refers to a painless death, as administered to avoid suffering by incurable disease. In other words, to help someone to die to stop them suffering unnecessarily. I believe soaps deal with contentious issues such as Euthanasia, for a number of reasons, firstly to create a dramatic storyline so they can attract a larger audience. Although it is illegal to perform Euthanasia in the United Kingdom, the media industry tries to compete for audiences and ratings with other soaps. Secondly, to raise awareness and to introduce an unbiased view about Euthanasia so that people can discuss with others their thoughts on the topic in the real world. I will now go on to discuss how the issue affects characters in Brookside. ...read more.


Another factor is the costume and make-up, which adds to the emotion portrayed in the room. This is shown by the clothes that Mick and Elaine are wearing they appear to be 'scruffy' which suggests they are having a strenuous time looking after Gladys and they have not changed their clothes for a few days. The make-up that they are all wearing portrays them as being pale, nervous, as though they are emotionally stressed. Also it highlights that they haven't washed because they have been too busy looking after Gladys. The make-up style on Gladys portrays her being ill, she is shown as being pale with greasy hair this can be related to another feature 'action'. The action in the scene was intended to be tense, stressed, and the movements of all the characters were similar , this was all achieved by changing the actions in the scene. Gladys was portrayed as being ill, her movements were weak, this was shown by her making slow uneasy actions. Every movement by Gladys is countered by Elaine and Mick, as the action intensifies Mick and Elaine's actions became more panicked. ...read more.


All the above factors add to the creation of drama by increasing the amount of action in each shot that adds to the suspense of what is going to happen next. It makes the viewer ' sit on the edge of their seat'. It is interesting that they had to re-shoot the scene because it allows us as the viewers to experience the scene as though it is actually real, for example; when Gladys was trying to suffocate herself in the first scene the actress who plays Gladys was doing it herself where as in the second shooting there was a double which took this shot and made it look more realistic than the first time. In conclusion the main reason as to why they re-shot the scene was because they wanted everything to literally be perfect and so that they could corrected any errors. Also they may have re-shot the scene to re-create the right atmosphere and suspense which ensures the scene was believable and reflects a real situation or dilemma. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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