Explore how Journeys End uses the character of Stanhope to show the hardship of the First World War
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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 has been fighting for three years and all the soldiers admire him
Hardy then says: 'Oh, he's a good chap...' This quotation reveals that even though he drinks a lot of alcohol, they all like him and look up to him. Stanhope's relationship with Raleigh has a great impact on the audience because they both knew each other before they went to war, and Raleigh looked up to Stanhope at school.:" yes, rather"! We were at school to get her -at least-of course-I was only a kid and he was one of the big fellows: has three years older than I' am: they also are a bit related because Stanhope is seeing Raleigh's sister:" Denis used to stay with us and naturally my sister" And also says: they're not-er- officially engaged-" also Raleigh's got his uncle to pull a few strings to get into some regiment as Stanhope: "yes I went to see him on the quiet and asked him if he could get me into this battalion. He bit my head off, and said I'd got to be treated like everybody else-"Also Raleigh's means a lot to Stanhope because when Raleigh was dieing, he said: "Steady old boy. Just lie there quietly for a bit".
Also it is dramatic because Stanhope threatens to shot Hibbert for deserting:" if you went, I'd have you shot-for deserting...."you try to get out of that door-to desert. If you do that, there's going to be an accident. D'you understand? I'm fiddling with my revolver, D'you see? -Cleaning it-and it's going off by accident. It often happens out here. It's going off and it's going to shot you between the eyes". This quotation revels that Stanhope is very adamant that Hibbert will not leave and threatens to kill Hibbert with his revolver straight between Hibbert's eyes. Stanhope is an important character because all of the soldiers like him, he has built relationships with Osborne, Raleigh's and Hibbert and he's and inspiration to everyone, not just the soldiers but the audience as well. Stanhope as a character show's the stress, nerves, and exhaustions of many soldiers in the First World War, and how the horror and futility of trench warfare affects him dramatically. If Stanhope were not in this play, it would not show the realism of the war as it does with him in it. All in all the play was brilliant and it show's the audience what emotional trauma soldiers went through and makes the audience understand so it pays a tribute to the soldiers that died in the first world war.
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