Foyles War Loyalty

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In this episode of Foyle’s War the theme of loyalty is expressed in four ways; Family loyalty, loyalty to your own self values and beliefs, loyalty in the work place and national loyalty. With the help of camera shots and levels the characters and the theme of loyalty is introduced and developed. The director’s use of sound, lighting, costumes, colours, music and setting throughout the show help identify the loyalty expressed by each character. All these loyalties play a part in the solving of the crime by Christopher Foyle. The theme of Family Loyalty is expressed in Foyle’s war in a number of ways. Family Loyalty is expressed when Foyle reads a letter from his son who is serving in the army and by Ian Lane when he brings his sons body back from Dunkirk. Family disloyalty is expressed when Milner’s wife Jane cannot handle the fact that her husband has a fake leg, the scene in the kitchen expresses to the viewer that Paul and Jane Milner’s marriage is breaking down through quick camera shots, tense conversation and camera angles. In this episode, Stanley expresses deep family disloyalty. He doesn’t seem to care that his mother died. In the scenes after his mother’s murder, Foyle suspects Stanley, as does the audience; he seems to be happy about his mother’s murder and shows no sadness about it. Close ups of Stanley’s face show that he is expressionless and suspicious; it looks like he is hiding something. Of course he is hiding something, but not what the audience thinks. Stanley does finally express loyalty to his father when he tries to protect him by hiding the suicide note that Arthur had wrote confessing of his murder of Margaret. Family Loyalty isn’t strong in the Ellis family- Stanley had a difficult childhood and hates his mother for the way she treated him when he was younger. The Ellis family don’t have a very good relationship with each other, Loyalty
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