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'Fear' is reflected by the continual tension throughout the play.

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The definition of 'fear' is a feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger. 'Fear' is reflected by the continual tension throughout the play. All the characters deal with fear in their own different ways. This reflects their personality and gives us an outline of how they really deal with the troubles, which arise during their experiences in a dangerous surrounding, and also, by dealing with the outcomes that they have to face in life. Stanhope deals with pain and fear through expressing his anger and also by his drinking habits. Hibbert deals with fear by trying to run away from it. Osborne talks about unnecessary topics, such as rugby, to hide his fears. Throughout the play, we see displacement tactics becoming one of the main themes, because all the characters use diversion tactics as their way of viewing things in an attempt, not to make the problem seem so harsh. Raleigh is the odd one out, because he is the youngest and is a new soldier, as he only joined the battalion at the beginning of the play. He therefore does not yet know about the dangers in war and living in the trenches. ...read more.

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I've tried like hell- I swear I have... I've hated and loathed it. Every sound up there makes me all- cold and sick... I can't bear it any longer. I'll never go up those steps again." Here, Hibbert is spilling out the truth. He is talking as if he is going to die if he even steps onto the battlefield. He uses very intense words that have a very strong and forceful meaning to them- 'hell', 'swear', 'hated', 'loathed', 'cold', 'sick' and 'bear'. Even though here, he is really standing firm in what he believes, he is also being quite dramatic. This is because we do not see any of the other soldiers strongly complaining as much as he has. As seen here, we could tell that his greatest fear is that of war and the horrible thoughts which he has had of sudden but painful death, outside on the battlefields. Here, his tone of voice is very strong and deep as he is expressing his true feelings from his heart, and also his great deal of suffering. Trotter is the character that has a large appetite, and he therefore mainly discusses the idea of food as a disengagement tactic. ...read more.

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It seems that they are saying: we are going back to paradise; we will win the battle- we will survive. They are so frightened and so overcome with fear, that they are holding onto any glimpse of hope. Compared to the situation they are in now, home is like paradise to them. To conclude, I would say that the characters deal with fear in different ways. But throughout the play, we see them mainly using displacement tactics as their way of hiding from the truth. They try as hard as possible to be in full denial of their surroundings. Such as Hibbert, who went to the full extent of dealing with fear and found that he could not cope it anymore and therefore tried to run away. This shows signs of anxiousness in Hibbert. Stanhope is the main character and the company commander, and therefore, I find that his fears are more forceful and influential than the others. He therefore becomes distressed and finds it hard to deal with his fears. In Journey's End the main fear in which all the characters agonize, is the idea of war. This whole story is based around the horrors and actions which take place during war, and we therefore get involved in the scenery of war and become very familiar of what the characters must feel. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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