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

Explore the ways that Osborne is presented as a likeable character in Act One

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English Essay ? Journeys End Explore the ways that Osborne is presented as a likeable character in Act One? There are many ways in which Osborne is presented as a likeable character in Act One. One of Osborne?s admirable qualities is his loyalty. We can first see this loyalty in Act One, Scene One, when he is having a conversation with Hardy (a commander of another company). They are talking about Stanhope (in first command of the company). Hardy talks about Stanhope?s drinking problem and that Osborne should be commanding the company not Stanhope. Osborne shows his loyalty when he says that ?there isn?t a man to touch him as a commander of the men,? this shows that Osborne is sticking up for Stanhope by saying that he is meant to be and is more than worthy if the role, humbly saying that he doesn?t deserve such a role, that Stanhope deserves it more. ...read more.

Middle

Another way is Osborne?s appearance and personality; we find out that Osborne is a middle-aged man with 'iron-grey hair'. Osborne however is physically in very good shape and is a 'tall, thin man' who is 'physically as hard as nails.? These quotes illustrate that even though he is old, he is strong and ?hard as nails?, implying that he is suited for the war, having the strength and maturity. As Raleigh enters, the audience sees a kind, caring side to Osborne. Sheriff puts across the ideas of Osborne being a family man through his calming conversation with Raleigh, where he tells Raleigh from what way he should look at the war, this can be shown in the quote, "There's something rather romantic about it all." ...read more.

Conclusion

However this irrelevant small talk simply illustrates that these characters do not know each other very well, showing that he is friendly and kind as he makes a compliment about his sock. A final way is the comradeship between Osborne and Stanhope. Osborne when sticking up for Stanhope shows that there is a strong bond between the two as Osborne mentions that he loves him and ?would go to hell with him?. Illustrating his feelings for his comrade. In conclusion, all these features, form loyalty to comradeship make Osborne a likeable person. Act One reveals things not only about Osborne but other men because of his personality for example his caring and loyal side reveal to the audience what Stanhope is like. These features play an important role in unlocking the characters true identities and progressing the book further and reveals the realities of war and how men didn?t really show their feelings as much as Osborne. By Ileah Gondalia ...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. English 4UO Independent Study - Comparative Essay

    Like Santiago, Pi Patel is without meaning or fulfillment in his life. Pi is unable to gain social acceptance and is forced to seek "compensated" acceptance from religion and animals as a result. Pi is lost within an unfulfilled life without meaning, and is subsequently blind to the significant aspects of life.

  2. Write about the presentation of Stanhope's relationship with Raleigh in Act Two Scene One, ...

    it hard to accept the fact that it isn't what he thought it would be. Both Raleigh and Stanhope are pushing each other away when they need each other the most, Stanhope gets drunk so Raleigh gets angry at him because he doesn't understand how Stanhope works yet, because before

  1. Act one of Journey's End.

    Stanhope also shows his insecurity with the war (which are revealed as he drinks more) as he uses such phrases as "I can't bear being conscious all the time" and "if I went up those steps into the front line, without being doped up with whiskey, I'd go mad with fright".

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

    This shows that Stanhope believes in the honour of fighting. The hypocritical nature to Stanhope is introduced by Sherriff to make his character seem realistic. The negative issues forces the audience to confront the fact that Stanhope has an unpleasant side, on the other hand, misleading the soldiers is seen as part of his attachment to the men.

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

    (He holds up his glass)' and when Mason tells him that there is only one bottle of whisky left and he reacts quite badly, 'The last bottle! Why, damn it, we brought six!'. It is clear that Stanhope doesn't want people outside of the trenches to know about his drinking

  2. "The Loneliest Road in America," a chapter from Ghost Rider by Neil Peart exposes ...

    is also relatively unimaginative. He chooses to define "oblivious vanity" as "vanity without dignity" and this begs the question: can any vanity be dignified? Peart does not consider this question and it makes his writing seem insubstantial and lacking profundity. Another juxoposition he uses is "lifeless humanity" (Peart 127).

  1. Journey's End Character Study - The character is have chosen to study is Osborne.

    and "I shouldn't hang about here if I were an earwig." Osborne seems to be coping well with the horrors of war and he doesn't let things get to him; he seems to shut of the war and make a separate thing in his life.

  2. How does Sherriff make Osborne seem like a likeable and engaging character in Journeys ...

    Osborne was even asked to ?tuck him in?. This reveals how much Osborne means to Stanhope and it portrays his allegiance because if he did not help Stanhope out the company could fall. This, therefore, creates tension or the audience because if something happened to Osborne the company would fall, as he would not be able to take care of Stanhope.

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