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Stanhope's character

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Introduction

Stanhope's character Stanhope commands C Company in R.C Sherriff's WW1 play, 'Journey's end.' He is heavily featured in the play and is arguably the most important soldier. He is shown by Sherriff to be an extremely brave and keen soldier as well as a forceful and well respected leader however as the play unfolds the audience find that he has major floors within his character. Captain Stanhope is extremely well respected by the other members of his Company. There are many reasons to suggest this such as when Osborne was talking with Hardy and says, referring to Stanhope, 'his experience alone makes him worth a dozen people.' This influences the audience into thinking that Stanhope was a brilliant soldier of the highest quality and also that he had been on the front line for a long period of time and was well used to the conditions. ...read more.

Middle

Comfortable (he looks up into Osborne's face and laughs again). Dear old uncle. Tuck me up.' This shows Stanhope childish side and makes us realise that he is only human and needs love and affection as well. Sherriff does this so we can relate to Stanhope and help us understand how he is feeling and coping with the stress of war. "Kiss me, Uncle" this little pause shows how much Osborne means to him, the pause with the comer allows Stanhope to collect his thoughts and relate to him lovingly as uncle. R.C. Sherriff does this to emphasise that Stanhope is just like anyone of us and makes us feel closer to the character because he's shown us this side of him so unprotected and raw. On the other hand Stanhope is floored in some ways. One of his major issues is his large drinking habits. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sherriff first introduces Stanhope in the conversation between Osborne and Hardy in which the audience find out about both sides of Stanhope. He would of included both side of Stanhope in his play because it adds interest and almost 'sets the scene of trench life' in how the developments of war can effect soldiers. On the one hand is a brilliant soldier and leader, loved by his company and on the other is a drunkard that is easily lead. Throughout the play we go through Stanhope's ups and downs and see both his good and bad points. R.C. Sherriff makes us see this so that we have a close bond to Stanhope and effectively making us admire him throughout the play even through his bad times of stress and stupidity and his good times of leadership and bravery. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ben Kohler 10R1 Miss Murray ...read more.

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