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The Craig and Bentley case hinges on the meaning of the words Derek
Bentley used on the roof of the night of the shooting
"Let him have it"
These words could be interpreted in two ways. One way could mean shoot
the police officer to get him off Christopher Craig. Another way this
could be interpreted is give the police man the gun.
I am going to discuss how the film and article are biased.
Means something is emphasised more on one side than another without
knowing the other facts that could change the meaning of the case.
The Article is quite biased and has left some important information
out that could persuade the reader to think differently about the
Craig and Bentley case. Derek Bentley had the mental age of a
ten-year-old. Leaving this particular information out was very
important. If the journalist had put this information in to the
article then the reader may have felt a little bit of sympathy towards
Derek Bentley and may have understood that a ten year old is incapable
of such a horrific act as inciting someone to murder.
A gun was not fired until twenty minuets after Derek Bentley had said
"Let him have it"
This information was also left out of the Article, which makes it seem
biased because the reader would then automatically think that when
Derek Bentley said
"Let him have it"
He meant give him the gun. But by leaving this information out it
would persuade the reader to believe that the gun was used immediately
after Derek Bentley had said these words. Which leads the reader to
think that Derek Bentley meant shoot him.
The journalists can easily make the reader think something that is not
even there by leaving just a few pieces of information out.
The article talks about the killing of Constable Miles where the
journalist has used some emotional language, which could be bias
towards the two boys.
"A family man with an expecting wife and two young children.
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This is biased because the journalist has used emotional language to
sway the reader to feel sorry for his family. This could lead to the
reader Blaming Christopher Craig and Derek Bentley for taking this man
away from his family. Also the Journalist has wrote
"Constable Miles had loyally served the force for 12 years. He is now
dead. It was a brutal killing."
This emotional language is used to make the reader think that he had a
good life and served a good life and then was Brutally killed because
of Craig And Bentley.
Some things in the Article were presented as facts where as they are
in fact opinions.
"Two suspicious armed men"
This is not a fact this is an opinion this is very biased towards
Craig and Bentley because it implies that they were out to commit a
murder not a robbery.
Is also an opinion presented as fact this suggests that they were
master criminals but in fact they was not.
In the film there are many scenes that show bias, by using different
lighting, music, and camera techniques, and script. In this case
however the film clearly wants to use Derek Bentley as a victim.
In the opening sequence the lighting is dark and dull. Orange is used
to show fire and then the camera shows close up shots of events
happening everyone looks confused. The close up shots show bias in the
way they just show different tragic events happening this is not
biased towards Bentley at the very beginning but then the camera zooms
in on Derek Bentley after hearing the words
Repeatedly used by the father so we recognise who the character is
covered in rubble from the bombing.
The music in the opening sequence kept getting louder at the beginning
this is to draw your attention into the film right at the beginning
and then the camera zoom shot and show you who you are feeling
sympathetic for and why. Therefore by the start of the film, even as a
child, the audience has come to see Bentley as a victim and feels
sympathy for his predicament.
I see Derek as a quiet boy, very secretive and a lonely person. Derek
has quite a lot of pets and my impression from the film is that the
pets are his friends.
The scene that shows this is when Derek's sister brings round some
comics but he doesn't want her to come in. it almost seems as if he
would rather sit on his own and read comics this shows that he is a
lonely person. He finally lets her in when she tells him just how
alone he is going to be if he doesn't speak to anyone.
In contrast Craig is portrayed as a gangster who likes to play with
guns. He takes them everywhere, and appears immature in his behaviour
and actions. I thought this when Derek and Craig first meet at the
train station. Chris Craig jumped at Derek with a gun as if it was a
game this shows his immaturity.
Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig are two different people with two
The friend ship between the Two boys, Christopher Craig and Derek
Bentley, seems to be more one sided than the other. Derek Bentley
desperately wanted the friendship of Christopher Craig, whereas Craig
uses Derek for his own ends. The butcher's scene supports this when
Derek takes the keys from the shop to prove he is good enough for the
gang and at this point has started to dress like Christopher as well
which shows just how much Christopher Craig misleads Derek Bentley.
At the beginning of the trail scene there is a long shot from the back
of the courtroom showing the judge as a well-respected character with
everyone looking at him. This caused the feeling of tension between
the judge and the rest of the court. Slow panning around the room was
used to show peoples expressions, which seem cold and non-sympathetic
towards Derek. Then showing his expression, which is very venerable.
Just After Derek was sentenced to death there was a low angle shot at
Derek Bentley this was important because it shows him as heroic for it
has the audience looking at him so the lighting is coming out of his
behind him symbolic to his innocence.
Derek Bentley had a lot of support from the country it showed this
when the post man brought in a sack full of letters from people trying
to help but none of this helped Derek Bentley was still hung and this
shows biased towards him that the fact they just ignored it.
In the execution scene dark lighting was used to show death and
depression. The camera used panning around the room again to show
peoples expressions and at the final part when Derek gets executed
bright lighting was used to show saintly.
Bias functions a lot in the media and can present opinions as facts
and use emotional language to sway it's readers or audience, whereas
the film uses different camera shots and lighting to set a certain
mood. All non-fiction texts are biased, and we have to be careful
about realising how our opinions are influenced.