• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What do we learn about everyday life in the trenches in Act 1 in Journeys End?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What do we learn about everyday life in the trenches in Act 1 in 'Journeys End'? In this essay, I am going to outline what we learn about everyday life in the trenches in Act 1 in the play 'Journey's End' (R.C. Sherriff). During the play, R.C. Sherriff really shines an intense light on the trenches of World War 1 to show and highlight exactly what they were like and the sort of conditions that soldiers were living in. Part of the reason for this is that the general public did not know a lot about the war as communication systems were not as advanced back then as they are now, this leading to people having a slightly wrong impression of what happened, even though, it was one of the biggest events that have ever happened. The play is quite a good eye-opener and really gets people thinking about the atrocities of war, especially seen as it is a firsthand account from Sherriff himself. From what we are told, life in the trenches was at the very least dim, dull and disgusting. ...read more.

Middle

HARDY: Some sort of disinfectant, I suppose." "OSBORNE [pouring out a small whiskey and adding water]: Whiskey takes away the taste of water - RALEIGH: Oh, yes? [He pauses, and laughs nervously.] OSBORNE: - and the water takes away the taste of the whiskey." The fact that they had to go to these sort of extents just to get a drink was something, but over time they would get use to it. Sleeping, was quite an important part of the trenches, if they didn't have a good sleep then they would most likely not have a very good time on duty. The soldiers have to get use to the fact that the beds were not the best, the higher class soldiers would chose first so that they got the 'better' beds. The front line trenches themselves were a very tough place to live and so was only done so for six day, and then they would move further back from the front line in order to allow another group of soldiers to have their turn on the front line due to it being so intense. ...read more.

Conclusion

It was thought that young men that came straight from school were natural leaders. However it is sad to think that the average life of a young man on the front line is just three weeks. Overall, I think that we must believe R.C. Sherriff's account because he was there, he fought in the war and he saw it all. I believe that the title is perfect for the play, I think it really reflects over all the characters because it is the end to their journey whether they've been there for three years or three days, It also shows the real side of war because not everyone's a winner, and at that war, England lost, and a lot of people died. To sum up, life in the trenches was not at all easy, going on the front line with the fear of being shot along with the cramped and dingy dugouts and the low quality of food and drink. All of this must have been a surprise because the soldiers thought it would be a 'fun adventure' and that they would be back by Christmas, little did they know, they weren't coming back at all. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ryan Blake Randall English Literature - Ms Freshwater ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Play Writes section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Play Writes essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The History Boys. Consider the significance of finding your way in life, in ...

    3 star(s)

    However, there is a shocking fact that he is a homosexual and couldn?t keep his hand from groping his teenage male students? genital when he gives a ride to anyone of them. His students never complain about it, they just laugh behind him, it didn?t affect them in any way: ?...

  2. Explore the ways R.C. Sherriff presents the attitudes of key characters in 'Journey's ...

    This is reflected in the way that many of the characters speak in a colloquial manner, and how many of the characters try to make ends meet through menial jobs. The sheer fact that the Pals all signed up as one big, loud, drunken collective is also a thoroughly working class thing to do.

  1. Analyze Brecht as the man, the context of his life, his theatre technique of ...

    He liked to use material from different times, places and cultures, for example; The Caucasian Chalk Circle was originally from an ancient Chinese play. Historification allows the audience to sit back and learn, criticize and put into perspective on what they would have done to correct what happened in these past events.

  2. Protagonists in Top Girls (Caryl Churchill)

    Indeed, Angie seems interested in her own future, telling Win she wants to work at the agency, and even Marlene talks about what will happen to her, saying she'll be a "packer in Tesco". She also discusses visiting her aunt and then does so, one of the only things that 'happens' in the play.

  1. Explore Sheriff's presentation of the theme of the effects of war on soldiers' emotions ...

    He does this from the very beginning of the play where Stanhope's drinking problem is foreshadowed in the conversation between Hardy and Osborne, "Not a drunkard; just a hard drinker...his nerves... are all to blazes." Osborne is quick to challenge Hardy's opinion and states that Stanhope is "the best company commander".

  2. Long Day's Journey into Night: Can One Successfully Escape Reality?

    It's not just a cold he's got. The Kid is damned sick. His father gives him a sharp warning look but he doesn't see it. Mary Turns on him resentfully. Why do you say that? It is just a cold!

  1. Through the selection of three characters in 'Journey's End' examine how Sherriff presents human ...

    Sherriff therefore had to present human weakness in a way which would introduce those who believed that displaying weakness was a feminine trait to the fact that not every man who feels fear or breaks down is effeminate, but which would also further the understanding of those who had already realised that this link was broken.

  2. In the country, people are forced to confront their faults and lead a more ...

    Goldsmith then augments this fault in Marlow?s character through stage directions, ?gathering courage?, which reveals Marlow?s ?awkward address? as he talks to Kate. Nonetheless, through Kate?s deception Marlow is forced to amend his ?bashful manner?. Once Marlow ?mistook (Kate) for the barmaid? and a woman of low status, because of

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work