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How does Willis Hall use the Japanease prisoner in Act 2 to bring out the core issues of the play?

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Suzannah Ackerley. How does Willis Hall use the Japanease prisoner in Act 2 to bring out the core issues of the play? In the following essay, I am going to expose how I think Willis Hall uses the Japanese prisoner in Act 2 to bring out the core issues of the play (The long, the short, and the tall), such as: the question that regularly surfaces in both pre twentieth century and modern day wars, 'is it just to decimate another human in order to secure your own life?' Furthermore the verbal prejudice that arises during the 2nd Act. For me these are the two fundamental issues I am going to base my essay around. The first issue is featured in the middle to end part of Act 2 and the 'prejudice' issue is consistent throughout the 2nd Act, prominently so when the argument breaks out over weather the Japanese soilder has stolen 'British army fags'. This ignites a volcano of verbal prejudice accusations towards Private Macleish. ...read more.


But Bamforth had given the solider the cigarettes however Mcleish who was questioning the killing of the solider to save the group used this incidence to come to a conclusion of what to do to the 'Jap' - Kill him! Even though he knew this was a poor and false excuse. The Japanese solider was killed but the decision to do so was not taken lightly. Sergeant Mitchem's job was to kill the solider but he this was made more difficult by the fact that the solider was very similar to himself. He clearly shows he doesn't want the job as he offers it to other people 'If you want to do that Jock, have my job right away.' He also illustrates that he has exhausted other possibilities regards getting rid of the solider. This adds to the evidence that the group know what they have to make a decision that shouldn't really have to be made. By denying the Japanese solider of dialogue and portraying him to have similar values and feelings as the group (In his wallet he has a ...read more.


They automatically speak with a prejudiced tongue if they feel threatened or they feel they are loosing the argument. This is how Willis Hall brings out the second issue. (When emotions are high) Furthermore The Long, The Short and The tall explores issues that other wartime plays didn't touch on. Previous plays would be very clear-cut in which they would portray everyone to have true military morals and honours, suggesting that the war was 'just' in every case. Which it wasn't and Willis Hall shows this well in his play. I think this is because he has had true military experience in the Far East and he is trying to give the public an idea of what war is really like. In other words he is not afraid to write about war's underlying issues! In conclusion, Willis Hall brings out the core issues of the play by using the Japanese solider to almost trigger the group into debates and confrontations about the core issues. It's a clever way of presenting and exposing core issues, as it isn't patronising. This is because he uses comedy and shows different emotions. ...read more.

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