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In what ways does R.C Sherrif recreate the tremendous stress and fear suffered by the men at the front in Journey's End?

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In what ways does R.C Sherrif recreate the tremendous stress and fear suffered by the men at the front? Introduction In the play "journeys end" R.C Sherrif recreates the tremendous stress and fear suffered by the men at the front line in the First World War. The essay will focus on two characters, which show stress and fear. The charters, which the essay will focus on, are Stanhope, who is the captain and hibbert who is an officer. Some background facts about the war are that it started in 1914 and many countries were evolved like Germany and England. This war was different to other wars previously fought because they used more modern weapons such as gas bombs and machine guns. It total 9 million people died. R.C Sherrif recreates the war in the play journeys end by making the audience feel if they actually in the war. ...read more.

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Everything would have been improvised. The food for the officers probably would have been of reasonable quality. There ids expedience of this because trotter (who is one of the officers) has put weight on during the war. There are some comments of the tea tasting of onions, which would have meant that there wouldn't have been much washing up "pity mason doesn't clean his pots better" which was said by trotter after he had had the onion tasting tea. From these examples it can be told that life in the trenches would have been better for the officers than the ordinary solders. The main person who I think shows the most stress in the play is the captain Stanhope. He is the most stressful person because when he was a school according to Raleigh he din not smoke or drink. In actual fact he hated people who drank and smoked. ...read more.

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Towards the end of the play hibbert seems to get his confidence back and stares talking to the other offices about then he had girlfriends "she's all right isn't she". This is where he had a picture of one of his girlfriends and he is showing Stanhope and trotter. However Hilbert's episode of confidence with the otter officers is short lived when Stanhope bursts out and tells him to leave "get out of here, for god's sake!" At the end of the play hibbert is persuaded to go up onto the battlefield by Stanhope who is being unusually nice to him "all right, mason Mr Hilbert's coming up with you." This is when Stanhope is not making him go alone so he sends mason up with him. R.C Sherrif recreates the stress and fear of the men by having characters that show this stress and fear in what they say. He makes the audience feel as if they are in the war so it is more realistic. By introducing conflicting characters R.C Sherrif recreates the differences in people who would have fought in the First World War. ...read more.

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