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Journey's End by R.C. Sheriff - review

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Journey's End by R.C. Sheriff "Journey's End" is a dramatic and powerful play about the First World War, which is written by R.C. Sheriff in 1920s. It talks about the life of British soldiers in trenches. Unlike the previous plays about the First World War, it does not emphasize the glory but the horror and death of the First World War. Soldiers left their friends, parents and homeland to war, fighting for their land because of the sense of duty and loyalty; the cost might be really harsh. Death, the word everyone fears; War, causing millions of soldiers, citizens to death. Does anyone really win in a war? In the "Journey's End", there are 7 characters (Stanhope, Osbourne, Raleigh, Hibbert, Trotter, mason and the German Prisoner.) They are all united with the external forces of war: Stanhope - Stanhope is a young officer, he has a big change because of what he saw in the war, and he is the only one who survived from lots of battles for 3 years (He came out straight from school - when he was eighteen. ...read more.


Act 1 Scene 2 P.13). Raleigh used to think Stanhope is a hero but not any more (.........He looked at if I'd hit him between the eyes - as if I'd spat on him. Act 2 Scene 1 P.45) the relationship between them are getting really worse and Raleigh begins to see the truth. Hibbert - a soldier who are as scared of death as every soldiers are, he's desperate to get out of the war. He pretended he has neuralgia inside his eyes and couldn't fight. Trotter - a big fat soldier who loves to eat, he eats to decreases the tension of war. He treats food more serious than the war (......war's bad enough with pepper - but war without pepper - it's - it's bloody awful! Act 1 Scene 2 P.20) because food can help him to forget about the thing happening out of the dugout. Mason - a servant; the entrances of Mason are always related to the food and break the conversation and release the tension between the characters. ...read more.


Osbourne in here breaks the tension and keep things under control (Good heavens, Stanhope!). After Osbourne has read out the letter, Stanhope realizes that there is nothing mentioned about him in the letter, he feels guilty and sorry about Raleigh because the way he treat him. Conclusion In an interesting drama play, conflict is very important to it. The reason is that without conflicts the drama wouldn't be exciting at all. Conflict can tell how is the atmosphere building between characters and scenes. The use of violence and the use of silence are also very important to the play as well. The use of violence: the argument about the letter in Act 2 Scene 1 P.46-48. The violence builds up the tension between the relationships of the characters. The use of silence: in any drama play, silence makes us feel the play is full of mystery. It also builds up more tension than violence does. In Act 2 Scene 2 P.55-56, Stanhope pointed his revolver to Hibbert because he wants to see the doctor about his neuralgia. While Stanhope is counting from fifteen (Stanhope [with his eyes on his watch]: Fifteen more seconds! Act 2 Scene 2 P.56) Audience would consider about Stanhope, whether he would shoot Hibbert for deserting. ...read more.

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