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Concerning the "Survival" song at the beginning of Act II, in  Billy Bishop Goes to...

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pashti | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted June 17, 2013 at 12:23 AM via web

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Concerning the "Survival" song at the beginning of Act II, in  Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Gray, and Bishop's narrative with it, what are the specific elements of narrative and song that reveal the changes in Bishop's attitude towards the war?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM (Answer #1)

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One example of how the songs reveal Bishop's changing attitudes toward the war is the introduction of the new song to the 1998 revision of the play. the song tells Billy's view of the war in retrospect as described by a Billy who is now 62 years old.

"From a 32 year old to a 62 year old as the actor who's going to be narrating the show." (Eric Peterson, play collaborator with Gray)

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