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Discuss how R.C.Sherriff manages to describe the horrific effects of war on different soldiers like Stanhope, Raleigh and Hibbert.

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Introduction

A Journey's End 'A Journey's End' the phenomenal play was written by R.C.Sherriff. R.C.Sherriff''s opinion about war is that war is futile, but he has more than one opinion like that war is irrational and bloodshed. In this essay I'm going to discuss how R.C.Sherriff manages to describe the horrific effects of war on different soldiers like Stanhope, Raleigh and Hibbert. The soldier who is most emotionally affected by war is Stanhope; this was obvious when he drinks whisky to escape not just from his fears but from everything like the death of Osborne. When Raleigh arrived at "C" company Sherriff used a unique writing technique and that is foreshadowing to show us the conflict that will build up suspense and tension. Raleigh and Stanhope met when he want to send a letter to his sister Madge, Stanhope insisted to censor Raleigh's letter, because he is afraid that Raleigh will write about his drinking problems. Further, along there verbally and physical conflict, suddenly Stanhope turned completely into a different person that we don't know about his other side, the side of viciousness and devilish. ...read more.

Middle

"C" company , he says "I'm awfully glad I got to your company, Stanhope", it shows that Raleigh cannot balance nor distinguish his life in the rugby team and war because in rugby you can be chose for playing because maybe your best friend is their but in war there are no teams but Raleigh doesn't have balance between them so he insisted to join "C" company because his best friend Stanhope is there. He always refers to himself in the first person using "I" because he is full of glorious and courageous ideas. The colonel had a curial idea and that is to choose Raleigh and Osborne to the raid, however when they went to the raid Raleigh and Osborne fought beside each other, but Raleigh came safe and Osborne was dead when they captured the German boy. The stage direction has an effect and an impact on the reader, the five senses makes the reader experience war. When Osborne died Raleigh came headed down and his hands were covered with blood "Raleigh rises unsteadily murmur "sorry" and stands with lowered head". This quote connotes that Stanhope's best friend had died. ...read more.

Conclusion

The pain that he was talking about is probably 'neuralgia' which is a rare disease in these days. I was asking my self two questions about Hibbert "Is ha a cowered?" or "Is he a hero", obviously he is a cowered but he fought his fear unlike Stanhope he continued to drink to escape from his fears, however Hibbert and Stanhope are hero's at the end because they both, at least, served their country. "A Journey's End" The phenomenal play has conveyed a message to us and that was that friendship neither dissolves nor disappears, but sometimes it is veiled because war is where you defend your country and defend your lover ones from the enemies. The way that Stanhope talked to Raleigh at the end of the play was like a talk between father and son, this was the only moment where everyone was surprised from this astonishing event. As war affected these 3 characters (Stanhope, Hibbert, and Raleigh), but they're still best friends and workers in the same team. ____________________________________________________ ...read more.

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