Compare setting of All Quiet on the Western Front and My Boy Jack


Comparing setting and its significance between Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front and David Haig's 1997 play My Boy Jack means we have to take the form of the texts into account.

Setting in a drama text has significance by creating a visual and auditory experience for the audience. By looking at stage directions we can find parts of the setting that Haig includes due to their significance. He creates setting through auditory stage directions. When Jack is accepted into the army, the return to the main set of the drawing-room at Batemanns is accompanied by "faintly, the sound of the guns in France" making the war a bigger presence in the Kipling's lives. After that there is the sound of guns and explosions in almost every scene, excluding the tense "silence" when they receive the fateful telegram, informing them of Jack's disappearance. Before the guns, it is interesting to note that music, poetry and speeches appear echoing in real life the patriotism, idealism and jingoism that gave way to


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