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Evaluate the whole workshop both your work and work of others in the group. Look particularly at social, cultural and historical issues explored.

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Evaluate the whole workshop both your work and work of others in the group. Look particularly at social, cultural and historical issues explored. Before the workshop began, I knew little about the death penalty, what qualifies a criminal to receive this sentence, and countries in which the death penalty was accepted. The workshop included different methods of bringing the texts to life and to develop the classes understanding of each task. Each stimulus that was studied also gave a different viewpoint to the death penalty, by displaying opinions through a speculation or a monologue. Every stimulus also described scenes which differed from others socially, culturally and historically. Though each stimulus was studied using a variety of explorative strategies, and showed different situations where the death penalty was prominent, the majority of students in the class came to a conclusion on capital punishment. By the end of the workshop, (it is unknown whether the workshop influenced these opinions entirely) a total of four out twenty three students were for the death penalty, with a huge nineteen students standing opposed to the sentence. "Long Black veil" was sung by Joan Baez, and written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin. The melody is originally a 1950s song, though it was re-released in the 1980s. The song was written and sung as Anglo-American contempory folk music. This stimulus was the first of the drama texts we used in our workshop about capital punishment. ...read more.

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This could be done by an increased volume and speed of the narrator's voice to represent the flustered and confused wishes and apologies. The almost diary-like narration allowed the audience to listen to every thought which occurred to the guilty, whether it was abstract or clear. Narration was used often with different tasks as the way voices are spoken emphasises a scene, the images being portrayed to the audience and the situation all the concerned actors are featured in. Following "The Hands of Time", we studied "Our Country's Good", a play written by Timberlake Wertenbaker and set in 1789. This stimulus was different to "The Hands of Time" because it was a play, describing the situation of a girl who knew she was guilty, and her prison officer supervising prisoners. "Our Country's Good" displayed a situation that was socially different from the two previous stimulus' studied. At the time, people who were of a lower class status were treated with more severity for their crimes. Criminals who were found guilty were deported from their homeland to Australia as prisoners. In 1789, when there was shortage of prison space, the government felt this was a situation which could be solved by taking criminals away from their country and taken to Australia, where they would follow strict regiments. This situation is also individual historically, as today deporting criminals is not practised. Using this "Our Country's Good", the class created (in groups of three- two actors, one director) ...read more.

Conclusion

Each of the four characters were at different levels, the character at the lowest having the least amount of hope. The characters were joined by holding hands, symbolising the chains of hope between each character. One character was stood at the front of the line, standing up straight, expressing a large amount of hope that while the individuals were incarcerated, there was still hope that their situations would improve. In my opinion, the death penalty does more harm than good, and so I'm comfortable living in British society where the sentence is not practised. Instead of issuing the death penalty to all murderous criminals, Britain incarcerates them. I feel this is a more beneficial procedure because studying confined prisoners may give a better insight to future criminals or a similar violent nature. My opinion is mine of my own, and families of murder victims may feel that capital punishment is the only answer for murderers. This is understandable, as I imagine losing a loved one at the hand of another person may drastically change your opinion of the death penalty. Personally, the workshop only reinforced my opinion that the death penalty was never the answer to murderous criminals. The different texts examined and the feelings of both the remorseful guilty and the accused only made it clear that while the death penalty may seem the easiest way to deal with murderers, it's not the right way. While rehabilitation and counselling may not be unable to change the character of murderers, killing them could not accomplish much more at all. January 2004 A??fe Murphy 11H ...read more.

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