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Review on Raleigh's character in Journeys End

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Monday, 05 November 2007 Review on Raleigh's character. Raleigh's character seems to be very timid from the start he has just left school and in a way has almost continued on with his school days; Denis's' presence at the dugout gives Raleigh a sense of protection like when he was a school. He assumes that it will be fun because he thinks Denis will take an immediate liking to Raleigh like when they where back at school. " yes, rather! We where at school together..." At first Raleigh was having a good time with Osborne, they where having an in depth conversation. ...read more.

Middle

What's that rumbling noise?" At the start of his venture he thought it was quiet and still, but nearing the end of his life he notices it to be thunderous and shrill. Throughout the play Raleigh's character changes from an unsure unconfident boy eventually turns into an independent self-thinking man, however at the end he is resulting back to his childhood stage. " You don't drink whisky?" " Oh, yes - er - just a small one, sir. He soon becomes more relaxed in the dug out and thinks by his own. "It's all right thanks: I'm quite comfortable in there" then there is a quarrel between him and Denis, refusing clear orders. " But it's private - I didn't know." ...read more.

Conclusion

Journeys end is a fascinating novel, superbly set out as a realistic play. This first hand escapade to survive was experienced by R.C Sheriff. As a first hand experience he was able to capture the sight, smell, noise, taste and feel of the front line and the dug out. R.C Sheriff wanted to emphasise the true nature of the war and wanted to show people what the righteous men of the war had to endure throughout their stay. I think he displayed this very well by using a dugout filled with soldiers with personalities that conflict with each other thus heightening the awful experience for them all. The personal experience of what R.C Sheriff went through is a significant factor in this novel and it helps us to understand what pain still comes through and exists today. Callum O'Connor 10A ...read more.

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