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'War is only made tolerable by Comradeship and Minor Pleasures'. To what extent does Journey's End support this statement?

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'War is only made tolerable by Comradeship and Minor Pleasures' To what extent does Journey's End support this statement? There are many ways in which Journey's End supports this statement. As a matter of fact, most of the characters in a Journey's End use comradeship and minor pleasures to distract them from the thought of the war and also the thought of how the war could end for everybody and for them. There are a few main factors for each character i.e. Stanhope, Osborne, Raleigh and even Trotter. For Stanhope, his comradeship with Osborne is a diversion from the war. They share their many jokes and then they have that special bond that nobody else seems to have in the book. ...read more.

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Osborne also likes to talk about almost anything apart from the war i.e. when talking to Raleigh just before the raid, he kept on trying to change the subject and talk about something else. He is also the middle-man between Stanhope and Raleigh, even though they know each other already he still feels that it his duty to break the ice between them. Sukhdeep Singh Sohal 10J1 'War is only made tolerable by Comradeship and Minor Pleasures' As Raleigh is only new to the war, he is still not sure how to make this war tolerable for him. He tries to talk of subjects that are no where near to the war, like home. ...read more.

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He renders jokes and knows when to change the subject if there is a serious row about to begin. Although it may seem, he is not always making people laugh; he is serious at times to. When Trotter talks about food and how he used to grow some back home in his garden, he attracts people's attention and acquires them to listen and take their minds off other things. Trotter's minor pleasure is food. He bothers about it a lot and always fusses about it e.g. he makes the discussion about the pepper a hyperbole; it works. Journey's End does very well in supporting the above statement as it portrays every character scared of the war and therefore needy of a minor pleasure. Sukhdeep Singh Sohal 10J1 ...read more.

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