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Musical interludes and dark humor are repeated throughout the play. Part 1) Describe two of these moments. Why do they take place? Part 2) What is the overall purpose for these musical interludes and dark humor? Of what performance styles does this remind you? Why? Part 3) Does this enhance the story? Why or why not? What is the playwright's purpose for using this music and humor?

Musical interludes and dark humor are repeated throughout the play.

Part 1) Describe two of these moments. Why do they take place?

Part 2) What is the overall purpose for these musical interludes and dark humor? Of what performance styles does this remind you? Why?

Part 3) Does this enhance the story? Why or why not? What is the playwright's purpose for using this music and humor?

The kidnapping of the British soldier can be seen as symbolic. Part 1) Why is he kidnapped? How is this symbolic? Part 2) What is the purpose of his death? Is it symbolic? If so, how? If not, why not? Part 3) What other examples of symbolism exist in this story? What is the purpose of this symbolism? What message does the playwright send the audience through this symbolism?

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