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

Discuss the ways in which R.C Sheriff uses drama to convey the suffering of the soldiers on the Western Front during the Great War Journey's End is a play set in the Great War

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the ways in which R.C Sheriff uses drama to convey the suffering of the soldiers on the Western Front during the Great War Journey's End is a play set in the Great War, set days before the "big attack". It shows the experiences and events a particular battalion of soldiers face. They experience death, new beginnings, the overcoming of fear, the dire conditions that they live in and above all the meaning of the war. It was written by R.C Sheriff, a soldier who fought in the war, but returned home after being wounded. He wrote a fictionalised account of his experiences in the trenches. He conveyed the suffering of the soldiers in a large number of ways. The story centres on Stanhope, the main character. He is the company commander and a hero for many of the soldiers on the front. A typical English Public school boy who was brilliant at football and rugby, he came to the army just after he left school.. The war created heroes and it was something that your family would be proud of. It seemed as though Stanhope was happy with what he was doing, but Sheriff conveys a soldier's suffering in a psychological way with this character. ...read more.

Middle

We've been expecting you. Sit down, won't you." Another example is when Osborne has to leave before the raid to the German Frontline. He knows that the raid is useless and he realises that he is going to die. Even so he remains cheery until it is time to go. He trusts Stanhope to send his few possessions to his wife; with this we see that Osborne is a committed and dedicated soldier. "If anything should happen, would you send these along to my wife." Osborne is the character which has all the makings of a perfect soldier. He is committed, strong-minded, fearless and kind. Osborne knows many things outside the war and culturally richly educated. Sheriff conveys the suffering of Osborne in a very profound way. Raleigh who has just arrived to war and has everything to look forward to is doomed to die almost immediately. Whereas Osborne has been in the company for a long time and is probably the richest character out of the company. Sheriff shows that a man who has survived the war for a long time with luck contrasts with another man who has just arrived and is fated to die very soon. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nevertheless, there is air of contempt about the dug-out; and the italics describe Captain Hardy. Captain Hardy , a red-faced , cheerful looking man is sitting on a box by the table, intently drying a sock over the candle-flame. These italics show in detail how captain hardy is seated on the stage. He is drying his sock on top of a candle flame which is pointless, but he is still a cheery fellow. He is making an effort but there is no use of him doing so. In the perspective of a performer, the stage instructions describe how the character should move. For Hardy he would be sitting and humming; Osborne would enter and go over to the table. If there is a Pause in italics the performer would pause. Overall these beginning italics show how the stage should be set and it contrasts very much with what the stage will look like at the end of the play. Sheriff shows the suffering of the men in various ways. This play creates the outline for any soldier fighting in any war. A little bit of each character is taken and a soldier is produced. Also Journey's End shows you the true meaning of war and how precious life really is. Simran Singh 10/02/04 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE RC Sheriff 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 GCSE RC Sheriff essays

  1. Journeys End Drama Studies

    The pauses in the speech also add to the dramatic tension because of the delays and the eagerness to find out what Osborne is going to say about Stanhope. Also it shows that Osborne doesn't know how to describe Stanhope to Raleigh, and this gives the impression that Stanhope has

  2. 20th Century Drama - Journey's End, R C Sheriff

    "A tall thin man comes slowly down the dug-out steps stooping low to avoid the roof. He takes his helmet off and reveals a fine head, with close-cropped, iron grey hair. He looks about forty-five-physically as hard as nails" is his initial description.

  1. Comparison of Ballad of the Bread Man and Innocents Song by Charles Causley and ...

    The poem is telling of the "hard time" the kings had on their journey. Right from the beginning Eliot uses hard and harsh words to describe the journey. He uses words such as "deep, "sharp", and "dead". About half way through the first stanza Eliot breaks into a list about how draining and absent of luxuries the journey was.

  2. Which of the dramatic technique used by R.C Sheriff in Journey's End do you ...

    Bleak humour takes over as they discuss the lack of pepper to disinfect Mason's "yellow soup". They start to eat their metal and to talk about a ruin in No Man's land that will have to be investigated. Bleak humour again protects them from the terrifying reality as Trotter says:

  1. How Does Journey's End Explore The Different Ways That Men React To War ...

    Hibbert doesn't really have any tactics for coping with war except to claim that he has neuralgia so that he can be sent away from the front line. This does not work very well as the other officers suspect that he is faking the illness and even go as far

  2. Journey's End

    He is well respected and knows quite a bit about the war, but is also known as someone who can put away a lot of drink: Osborne: He's a long way the best company commander we've got. Hardy: Oh he's a good chap, I know.

  1. Explain what Osborne means to Stanhope and how is this shown in the play

    But even if he thinks sleep is a waste of time, he is still human and therefore still needs to rest. It is Osborne who keeps Stanhope from going over the edge into both a mental and physical breakdown. Stanhope uses drink to cope, as he explains to Raleigh "To forget, you little fool - to forget".

  2. In what ways does R.C.Sherriff re-create for his audience the tremendous stress and fear ...

    This is a distinct comparison of the two differentiating personalities as Hardy is eager to leave and hand over command as rapidly as possible, "I really am glad you've come. I'm not simply being polite." it becomes clear to the audience at this point that Osborne is dedicated to his

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