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Journey's End" is set in a British officers trench located in Quentin (France)

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Luke Langlands Journey's End Intro In this essay, I will attempt to discuss the changes and development in the ongoing and differing relationship between Raleigh and Stanhope. I will pay particular attention to character movement and speech, sound, lighting and audience reaction. Robert Cedric Sherriff was born on June 6, 1896, in Hampton Wick, England. After attending grammar school at Kingston on Thames, Sherriff worked in his father's insurance business until he entered the army to serve as captain in the 9th East Surrey Regiment in World War I. He was wounded at Passchendaele. Sherriff was an English playwright and screenwriter is best known for his World War I play Journey's End, an account of life in the trenches on the Western Front. Sherriff's other most famous novel and film scripts were Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1936) and Odd Man Out (1945). Summary "Journey's End" is set in a British officers trench located in Quentin (France) during World War One, and is based on the author's own experiences of the Front Line. The play portrays the life lived by Lieutenant Trotter, Osborne, Stanhope and Raleigh. After being in the front line commanding a company for 3 years, Lieutenant Stanhope's nerves are a wreck. He is a 21 year-old drunk that is adored by his Men. When Raleigh, a boy who has just left school uses family connections to get into the same company as his "old friend", Stanhope remembers what he used to be before enrolling: athletic, smart, jovial and happy. ...read more.

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This hero-worshipping is not healthy. What does he want from poor Stanhope - A young man feeling the full extent of life at war? Perhaps Raleigh is determined to make sure his deluded friendship is a real companionship with substance. This would explain why Raleigh is seemingly desperate to find Stanhope, with him joining the army, travelling overseas and asking his Uncle to get him in the same company as Stanhope, all just to see his old friend. It isn't surprising Stanhope is so furious with Raleigh. Before Stanhope's "Good friend" came into his company, his plan was to simply try his hardest and make it through the war, no matter what that meant - Drinking, shouting, acting the tough man, anything as long as it got him through the days, weeks, months and years before he made it back to Madge. When Raleigh enters the trench for the first time, he expects the same Stanhope from several years ago. Obviously, this was never going to happen. This was very naive. Even though young Stanhope is adored by most of his company, he has been left in a state. We can see that by the conversation between Raleigh and Stanhope at the opening of the play: Hardy: How is the dear old boy? Osbourne: Why do you say that? ...read more.

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As Osbourne asks why he just did what he did, I would have him answer very quietly "Look here, Osbourne, I'm commanding this company. I ask for advice when I want it." I would have him then pick the letter up while he is still sitting in the chair, and shout "Oh God, I don't want to read this blasted thing" at himself, placing the letter on the table. After Osbourne asks if he would like him to look at it for him, Stanhope would now have his face in his hands, muttering "If you like", then shaking his head saying "You better...I can't". After Osbourne reads the letter and asks if he should stick it down, I would then have Stanhope sitting there, emotionless, still with his head in his hands, just being able to say "Yes...please." Conclusion Stanhope is a young commander ravaged by the horrors of World War One. He fights his demons at the bottom of every bottle of whiskey, and is simply trying to keep his head above water and make it through the war, to make it back to his beloved Madge. When Raleigh, Madge's younger brother uses family connections to join his company, Stanhope sees a skeleton that he'd rather had stayed in the closet. While staying with Madge during the summer holidays, Raleigh would often tag along with the young couple, and Stanhope would keep him happy by being a friend to him. Raleigh eventually begins Hero-Worshipping Stanhope, seeing him as his best friend. ...read more.

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