Celebratory Dinner- Act 3

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  • Created by: Lina
  • Created on: 29-04-14 22:15

Themes

  • Dramatic
  • Follows the raid in which O was killed
  • S's fragile+ volatile mental state after the loss of his close friend
  • Jovial mood of the occasion changes with H's comment about R's absence
  • The quiet menace of S's tone
  • Frustrated snapping at T when he praises R's contribution to the raid
  • H's failture to gause S's dangerously unpredictable mood
  • H's lack of awareness
  • T's unease at S's mood
  • Contrast
  • The gunfire outside echoes the explosive nature of the conflicts within the dugout
  • The toll trench warfare takes on the minds of men
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Stage directions

  • S, T+ H open the scene with feverish laughter+ convo
  • Stark contrast to the tenstion of the preceding scene
  • H- talkative mood
  • Light mood
  • The men take comfort in food, alcohol+ thoughts of home+ women
  • The setting is that like of the Last Supper (on the night before the execution)
  • The men celebrating before they die
  • S's call for whisky on top of champagne-> reminder of the strain he's under
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Change of mood

  • Convo turns to R
  • The mood canges
  • S learns of R's reason for being absent
  • Hears the others praising him
  • Apparent true emotional state
  • H's attempts to return the subject of convo back to women
  • S's disregard+ anger kill the celebration
  • H tries to confront him as he did earlier
  • The tension breaks
  • S viciously repeats his command
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Stanhope and Trotter

  • S left on stage with T
  • Confides in him as he used to O
  • Envies T's ability to stay calm
  • Brief insight into T's character
  • He too hides his true feelings
  • Told that he is now second in command
  • His commitment to his duty+ loyalty to S are clear
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Stanhope and Trotter

  • S left on stage with T
  • Confides in him as he used to O
  • Envies T's ability to stay calm
  • Brief insight into T's character
  • He too hides his true feelings
  • Told that he is now second in command
  • His commitment to his duty+ loyalty to S are clear
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Comments

/Lucas/Austin/

Good concise info. Only suggestion would be to not shorten the names, as it made it slightly more confusing and harder to read continuously.

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