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Explore how Journeys End uses the character of Stanhope to show the hardship of the First World War

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AS and A Level War Synoptic Paper

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Explore how Journeys End uses the character of Stanhope to show the hardship of the First World War.

Journeys end is about Stanhope and his friends fighting together after three years of fighting on the front line, Stanhope is nervous and exhausted. As all the soldiers wait for the great attack, the full horror and futility of trench warfare in the First World War unfolds. Journeys end is set in a dug out, in the front line of British trenches before St. Quentin. The date is the 18th March 1918, the last year of the First World War. The First World War was so difficult because the conditions in the trenches was horrendous and it was quite useless war, as they did not actually achieve anything, maybe a few millimetres each month. Stanhope is a devoted company captain in the army; he went to war at the age on 18 years and has been fighting for three years. All the other soldiers like him and he has built relationship with some of his heavy drinkers and he say's its just takes away his nerves.

At the start of the play the audience admires Stanhope because he

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