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How does R.C Sherriff use dramatic devices to effectively recreate the horror and reality of the war upon the stage?

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NEAB Modern drama coursework Journey's end by R.C Sherriff How does R.C Sherriff use dramatic devices to effectively recreate the horror and reality of the war upon the stage? In your answer, you must refer to one scene in close detail Kasun Wickramasinghe Journeys End The prime purpose of this assignment is to show how the author of "journeys end" has used dramatic devices to effectively recreate the horror and the reality of the war. Journeys End, is a play based on the real-life experiences of R.C Sherriff during the First World War. In the play R.C Sherriff has used the setting for the play as a dug-out in the British trenches. Overall, the play reflects the life style of the people in one particular dug-out. The main Characters (people living in this dug-out) of this play include Stanhope - the commander of that infantry Company, Osborne, Trotter, Hibbert and Raleigh - officers of the company, and Mason - the officers' cook. Recreation of the physical horrors of war on stage is an arduous task. These horrors that R.C Sherriff has confronted within the play briefly consist of - death, home sickness, families destroyed, mental disease, living conditions, suspense, Mal-nourishment and the way in which the Characters gradually change. ...read more.

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Hibbert looks at Stanhope for a moment and then smiles, just as if he wants to say "you got me there". All these actions from Hibbert shows that he is a "short sighted man"; someone who does not look at the future. A perfect example for this is that he deliberately wasted his time as he was drinking the water while he knew that the longer he stayed there, the harder for him it would be to go out of the trenches. But from another perspective he could be called a normal man because most people when faced with this situation will do the same thing as Hibbert. I think he symbolises in this play for weakness and pessimism. Comparing to the characters Hibbert and Trotter, I think that Raleigh falls in between as he is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. However, he is a unique character like every other character in this play. I think he still regards Stanhope as a hero even though Stanhope had treated him badly. This fact can be reinforced because Raleigh spoke to Stanhope politely after Stanhope had an argument with him yesterday. I think that Stanhope had recognized that he did the wrong thing yesterday. Because of this he could not even look at Raleigh's face [(without looking up) ...read more.

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Not only that: proper food would not be given, would not have a proper place to live and would not even have sufficient time to sleep. The analysis has also led me to understand much more deeply into dramatic devices and how they are cleverly used by R.C sheriff to bring out the reality and horror of the war. I have also learnt some new dramatic devices such as lighting which were used within this scene. For example, the event when the rose right turned to an angry red [page 102]. The dramatic devices were used expertly by R.C Sherriff as I mentioned in the earlier paragraph. He has effectively used them to show the audience an in-depth view of the character itself. He does this by only using body language, dramatic devices such as silence, the symbolism of the candle, the characters speech, lighting, and how different characters react differently when horror arises. For example an expertly done part of this scene is when Hibbert delays himself going out of the trench. In this example the dramatic devices he has used are all in the way he reacted when the horror arose upon himself. Likewise, he has used almost the identical way to show the terror that arose within Stanhope in the part where Raleigh was dying. All of this shows that R.C Sherriff has used dramatic devices effectively to recreate the horror and the reality of war upon the stage. II ...read more.

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