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Journeys end coursework - Connor Witherington 10t Introduction Journeys end was rejected by most managers of theatres because it was so soon after the war, they thought the public would reject It since it might remind them of lost family members, however after may rejections it was finally accepted, it was branded awesome. The play and characters reflect Sherrifs experience in the 'great war' where he was sent home due to injury. Journeys end was a first hand account of what the war was really like. The audience loved it because it was the first of its kind; other war plays had just been showing the good side of the war, not the dreadful trenches, disease and heartbreak. Section 2 The play is set when a group of British officers are waiting for a German attack, which will lead to their death. ...read more.


There is a cook Mason who is very similar to trotter as he is funny but he doesn't do it on purpose so this provides the audience with relief from the other horrors that are going on within the play. Section 3 Stanhope the captain, tragic hero, alcoholic and leader, has been serving the company for 3 years, yet he is reluctant to take leave in fear of what people he knows will say about his alcoholism, because his nerves are shattered through heartbreak and comrades deaths, he is driven to go out on the frontline 'doped up' by whiskey. He cannot cope with reality unless drunk; this shows what a horrible effect the war can have on a man. Stanhope does have a certain sense of humour in his character but only on some subjects, especially not women as Hibbert found out. ...read more.


Stanhope and Osborne are so close; Stanhope refers to him as uncle. They are so close because they have such similar personalities and both get on with the job at hand, they both have a similar sense of humour and a despise for the ill treatment of women. Osborne is a very happy man which contrasts with Stanhope's desperate unhappiness. The audience think very highly of Osborne because of his personality and as Osborne thinks highly of Stanhope this makes the reader more sympathetic towards Stanhope. Section 4 Raleigh is a reflection of the younger Stanhope: eager, happy, enthusiastic, sober whereas Stanhope has turned into an unhappy unfriendly, unenthusiastic, drunk expecting Stanhope to welcome him Raleigh gets rejected by Stanhope because he is in fear that Raleigh will tell of his alcoholism. Ironically he wouldn't dream of doing it, since he hero worships Stanhope, this is shown when Stanhope reads his letter home thinking it would be full of criticism but it was nothing of the sort, instead it was praising him. ...read more.

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