He says he is not interested in gold - he only wants honour and glory for his country. 'But if it be a sin to covet honour, then I am the most offending soul alive.' Henry will not proceed with war unless his decision to fight is justified by the Church. No longer will he be reckless in conflict, as he was in his younger days. Before battle Henry prays; following success he offers thanks. War is viewed as both necessary, justifiable and sanctioned by God. Despite this spiritual view, war is also promoted as a 'game' and a noble adventure, a means to bond with 'dear friends'.
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"In conclusion, I believe that the conditions of the First World War were testing and pressurising, but it was ultimately the perfect time for comradeship to flourish. The underlying feelings in the relationships between Weir and Stephen and Stanhope and Raleigh are that of care. In the case of breaking or making relationships, perhaps it is easier for war to create a new friendship, rather than to keep up a relationship from home, as any reminder of home is too complex an emotion to deal with. This is certainly true in Stanhope's case. Ultimately, war can break a friendship through the harsh reality of death."
"In conclusion, the overall portrayal of both the texts is the effects of war on soldiers
and 'Journeys End' is a more powerful text in showing the effects. 'Blackadder goes
forth' is a far less serious drama and therefore waters down the deep and awful effects
that the war had on soldiers. Ross Ruediger wrote a review about 'Blackadder Goes
Forth' and suggested that it 'wasn't nearly as "historical"' as the series before and
therefore is more about the comedy then about the effects of war on soldiers and
therefore it seems that 'Journeys End' is a far better text at presenting the effects of
war on soldiers. Furthermore, it seems that the overall message of the
both the texts is that the war had far less of an effect on the generals then on the
soldiers, who suffered greatly as a consequence of the war.
"In conclusion Stanhope and Hackford are used to criticize the war. Stanhope is the more credible than Hackford’s because his arguments are typical of the perspective shared by post war writers. Stanhope is also more credible because of the experience that he has compared to the little experience Hackford has. Hackford’s perspective will be most definitely different if he too had experienced war as much as Stanhope. Hackford is used to present the perception of the young hopeful generation that were excited by the idea of going to war. Hackford presents the perceptions of typical of pre-war Britain. Whereas Stanhope is representative of the soldiers who have experienced the war and have become aware of the damage the Great War has inflicted. Stanhope exhibits perceptions that are typical of post war Britain."
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