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Compare and contrast the way in which the War is presented in Regeneration and Journey's End.

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Compare and contrast the way in which the War is presented in Regeneration and Journey's End. Regeneration and Journey's End provide us with two contrasting views on the same subject; namely World War One. In Regeneration we have the stereotypical conception of early 20th century war - a heroic young officer leading his men to glory with no regard for himself. In contrast to this, Journey's End is a less traditional World War One text, with many characters and scenes included for nothing more than comic relief. It is fair to say that Regeneration deals with the war in a head on manner rather than dodging the subject of it, whereas in Journey's End, the matter of the war is somewhat disguised - fleeting references to combat amid the humour of Stanhope in his drunken stupor, and the farce of Mason's nature in the trench. ...read more.


The other side of the argument is that Journey's End is actually a very accurate and descriptive account of World War One. Being bored waiting for the orders to march to your own death could represent the characters situation, and that the comedy element of the text is there simply because the characters are bored with waiting for senseless orders, as seen when *CHARACTER* is counting down the hours until the attack by shading circles on a piece of paper. Whichever side of the argument I decide to support, there is always the feeling that Regeneration is simply the more accurate and descriptive text. I think the reason for this is the way in which we are allowed into the characters psyche, another element of descriptive literature that we do not see in R.C Sherrif's text. ...read more.


One is born, one fights for their county, and one dies. Regeneration on the other hand, is a slightly more sinister title, and conveys that no matter how hard you fight for your country, you are just a cog in a machine, and it can function without you, as your space will be regenerated and filled as soon as it becomes vacant. This message is certainly more firmly delivered in Regeneration, mainly because there are so many more characters, not just the soldiers, but the hospital staff, officials at home and on the front line, etc. In Journey's End, in contrast to this, the only characters we know of are the soldiers, and that creates the effect of the war being much more localised, and that the characters in the text are central to the novel, when this is not the case. ...read more.

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