In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast Blue Remembered Hills and The Flint Street Nativity. I will write about the social context, themes, style of presentation and genre.

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Comparing and contrasting ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ with ‘The Flint Street Nativity’

In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ and ‘The Flint Street Nativity’. I will write about the social context, themes, style of presentation and genre.

Throughout this project we studied and watched the flint street nativity and we acted out blue remembered hills. ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ was written by Dennis Potter. It is set in the West Country in 1943, during the time of the Second World War. ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ is a tragedy but has a funny spin on it. The play is about a group of seven, seven-year-olds who are all fighting for hierarchy. Their days consist of bullying and being very immature towards each other. The children all tend to pick on one character, Donald. Their bullying eventually results in Donald’s death, when they trap him in the burning barn. Dennis Potter used adults for this play as he does not want the audience to feel sorry for the children. He also wanted to show how cruel a child could be and how their behaviour leads to bad things happening. The themes which are shown throughout blue remembered hills are childhood, status abuse and war. Childhood is shown through how the characters respond or react to act other. Status is used when the characters are arguing about who is going to be number two after Wallace Wilson. Although we don’t see Wallace, the other characters make it certain the Wallace is known as the best and highest, therefore being number one. Child abuse is shown when Donald is abused by his mother, we don’t see this but the other characters talk about Donald’s misfortune. The last theme is shown throughout the play as the play is set in the time of the war. This is also shown when they are running away from the Italian prisoner of war.

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The dramatic purpose of this play is to show the audience how stubborn children are. Also to show how adults shouldn’t always feel sympathetic to children as they cause most of the trouble themselves. Using adult actors made an impact as the audience didn’t feel sorry for the characters. ‘The Flint Street Nativity’ was written by Tim Firth in 1999. It is about a class of year four pupils-aged around eight, who are doing a school nativity play. The style of this play is similar to blue remembered hills although is has a more comical storyline. The style of ...

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