War unit evaluation
In this unit we have been looking at different issues emotional and political that surrounds war.
For one of our first lessons we were looking at a propaganda poster. The poster shows a family who is watching the soldiers march off to war. The status is clear; the soldiers have the high status because they are commanding everything that’s happening even though they are small in the picture they are the main reason for what’s happening. The baby would probably have the lowest status as he may not really know what’s happening and he may need the mother or sister to explain. The mother and sister have the same sort of status as they are very close in the picture and have the same sort of body language. The main emotion displayed in this picture I think is from the family, it shows unity between them as they are close together and are all displaying the same emotions with their bodies and the way they are looking out on to the soldiers shows that they are all feeling sorrow and worry, the child may want some attention as he is clinging to the sister like he wants to know what’s happening and isn’t used to not being the centre of attention.
In the piece my group created about this poster, I was a soldier about to go to war and I was saying goodbye to my family and getting ready for the war with my friend. I developed my character by trying to get a strong relationship with the family rather than the friend most of the piece was me speaking to my family. I conveyed the emotion mainly with my words, I spoke honestly and lovingly to my wife but with the children I was a bit more tentative and reluctant to say what was happening. This showed that my character didn’t really want to leave his family but had to because the country needed him.
Second Battle of the Marne It was in the summer of 1918 that Germany would commence their battle against the Allied Forces in what would become known as the Second Battle of the Marne, which would be the last major German offensive of World War I (Michael Duffy, 2009). It was this battle that would mark Germany’s last attempt of turning the tables of the war in their favor, though it was destined ...
After that we listened to a George Michael song called ‘Mother’s Pride’. The song was about a mother losing her son to war who had already lost her husband. We then used teacher in role as a hot seat as the mother. Here we found out more about how she was feeling about it. We saw that she was angry more than sad. She was unwilling to let her son go to war and he was going anyway. Also we found that she felt very strongly about how the war even got started and that she thought it was a stupid war in the first place. This developed the plot as we found out more about the mothers feelings therefore in our performances we could create a more realistic character also it created more tension between the mother and son. We then hot seated the son and found out that even though he knew the mother was against it he was going to fight for his dad. He wanted to honour his father and make sure he was remembered. His body language was like he was trying to be too much of a man it was false like he was being fake to cover up his true emotions which showed that he still wasn’t 100% sure about going even though he acted like it. In class we did a duologue and it was the mother and the son. It wasn’t spoken to each other in mine; it was a split scene where the mother and son spoke their emotions individually. I played the son. We developed the characters because they were on their own and didn’t have to hold back. We tried to be honest as we could be as the characters.
For our final piece my group did a piece about three countries that had a rivalry. Two were allies (Russia and England) and they were against Germany. Khalil and Sebastian played Germany, Tom and Chelsea were England and myself and Sarah were Russia. When we were coming up with the plot we were thinking of ‘Oh, what a lovely war’ when a group of people were each country obviously we didn’t have that many people so just did two to every country. The plot was decided based around World War 2 when Germany was against mainly everyone else. Their wasn’t really a message but if I had to say one it would be that friendships are very strong almost like love conquers all but a bit less cheesy, we showed it with the bond between England and Russia, they were allies and came out on top. We used music at the beginning for a fight scene we used the song ‘Firestarter’ by ‘Prodigy’ to show like a beginning that would ignite a big feud, also its quite a fast song when it gets into it and mischievous which symbolised the fighting and sneakiness of Germany, we the used ‘Chasing Cars’ by ‘Snow Patrol’ when Chelsea found Tom after he had been beaten up. This showed the love between them as characters and showed the audience that they were in love it’s a slow song with a romantic feel which helped us to get the message of love and worry across to the audience. Our piece was successful as it had an element of comedy in it as well as serious feelings and emotions. The comedy was with the incompetent Russians and the accents and the seriousness was showed with the fighting and the relationships between the Kings and Queens of the countries. To improve our piece I think we needed to have a clearer ending, we didn’t really have an ending and at the end we were improvising a bit. Also I think maybe we could’ve got to know the girls characters a bit more as they were just really included as wives not in depth characters.
Dec 10, 2002 Chicano Lit Prof. Roberto Cantu Final Paper Clemente Chacon The book I chose for my research paper is Clemente Chacon by Jose Antonio Villarreal. This book deals with existential circumstances about a boy, which grows up on the Mexican side of the border and through crossing into the United States, he slowly rises into a high position in the Anglo-American business world. What is ...