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In "Journey's end" RC Sheriff shows a variety of ways in which the characters behave as they face stress and horror of trench warfare.

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In "Journey's end" RC Sheriff shows a variety of ways in which the characters behave as they face stress and horror of trench warfare. "Journey's End" was written by R.C Sheriff. It was written ten years after the end of the First World War (1928). Sherriff, was injured during action in World War 1 and therefore got a ticket home. Sherriff was trying to raise money for a new boat club and so decided to write this play and perform it. The other club members refused to act out this play because it was too like the World War. Men would not like to talk about war because of horrific encounters they had and they did not wish their wives to know the truth. The First World War gave different reactions in the people affected by it, particularly the soldiers, which Sherriff explores at great detail in "Journey's End". ...read more.

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In the background, there is a constant rumble of guns and heavy artillery, although it is the silence that affects the men more, as they do not know what is happening it can seen more of a threat than the actual guns. With the exception of Hibbert most men are very brave and dutiful, but their methods of coping with the horrors of war vary according to the person's personalities and temperaments. The two characters I have chosen to analyse are Stanhope and Osbourne. Stanhope has been out at war for nearly 3 years, he is a commanding officer. It is not quite sure how long Osbourne has been at war. He is also an officer. Osbourne enjoys quiet pursuits, such as gardening when he goes home on leave, and he also enjoys reading, such as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". ...read more.

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He has turned to drink for comfort, which is ironic because of the fact that he was so against it whilst at school. Whilst talking about Raleigh's sister, Stanhope says: "she doesn't know that if I went up those steps into the front line - without being doped with whisky - I'd go mad with fright" He realises how much he depends on alcohol, and dislikes this reliance, which he, understandably sees as a weakness. The appearance of one of Stanhope's old pals from school Raleigh helps to emphasise how much the war has effected him. Stanhope's tender compassion for Raleigh is shown in the final scene, the only time in the play when Stanhope uses Raleigh's first name. This shows a revelation of his true sensitivity and humanity beneath his hard shell of tough dedication to duty with which he protects himself for much of the time. Sheriff was using his experience at war to help create a realistic description of conditions and the way men reacted to warfare in World War I. ...read more.

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