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Journey's End - Explore the ways in which Sherriff makes this such a dramatic and revealing moment in the play.

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Explore the ways in which Sherriff makes this such a dramatic and revealing moment in the play. This moment is set when Hibbert first introduces his neuralgia after Raleigh first arrives at the dugout. It explores the themes of heroism and war, including the mental effects of war. Sheriff creates tension in order to make this a dramatic and revealing moment in the play. Sherriff?s choice of verb especially creates tension. Stanhope tells Osborne that Hibbert is, ?another little worm trying to wriggle home?. The use of ?wriggle?, which gives connotations of Hibbert trying to escape and ?wriggle? free of the war, highlights his cowardly behaviour. ...read more.

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Stanhope?s bitter and blunt use of ?well?, again highlights Stanhope?s hatred for Hibbert. But, creates a negative image of Stanhope due to his unjustified unfairness at this moment. This adds to the characterisation of Stanhope as it shows the audience the mental turmoil he has undergone on the frontline for him to be this bitter. This is supported by the later events where Stanhope gets drunk and Osborne is made to put him to bed as it demonstrates how Stanhope copes with the war through alcohol. Sheriff therefore creates a revealing moment here, and illustrates the theme of war. This theme of war is again explored through coping mechanisms. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sheriff uses this coping mechanism of escaping the reality of war to highlight and reveal the awful conditions of war. Sherriff?s use of hesitation creates a dramatic moment. Stanhope tells Osborne that the men are ?going to take an equal chance - together?. The stage directed pause for effect slows the pace and thus emphasises ?together?. This shows the audience the patriotic nature of war where everybody is united in their efforts. Sherriff uses this to make it even more evident how cowardly Hibbert is and therefore creates dramatic tension and conflict with Stanhope. This dramatic moment is pivotal in the play in order to contrast Hibbert?s cowardice with Raleigh?s heroism. Even in death, Raleigh wants to continue fighting - ?I feel rotten lying here?. ...read more.

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