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Stanhope

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Introduction

Stanhope provides the most obvious candidate for the accolade of "hero" in Journey's End: R.C.Sherriff has included many themes in Journey's End; a play portraying the reality of trench warfare. Some of these include Comradeship, The horrors of war, Heroism and Relationships. My essay will be focusing mainly on the theme of heroism. The audience relate the word "hero" with mainly one character in the play. But the word hero has many positive connotations. A hero could be a person who "saves the day" or is a hero in somebody else's eyes or maybe even his personality and how he interacts with other characters could also give him the status of being a hero. There are many aspects of Stanhope which rightfully award him the status of being a hero. ...read more.

Middle

"D'you understand an order? Give me that letter!" Stanhope becomes furious at Raleigh and demands to see letter. Even after this argument audience don't really see a change in Raleigh's opinion about Stanhope being his hero. R.C Sherriff also cleverly manipulates the character. We are confused about the relationship between Raleigh and Stanhope, until the end of the play. The audience are made to think that Stanhope doesn't really care about Raleigh, but right at the end of the play there is a twist. Stanhope's true feelings are shown towards Raleigh, when he is dying, and the audience are made aware of the fact that Raleigh was correct in thinking of Stanhope as his hero! Also the name "Stanhope" could be symbolic of the fact that Stanhope is the hero, since he gives "hope" to his company and to all the men. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I know what you feel, Hibbert. I've known all along -", Stanhope portrays to Hibbert that he can empathise with him and cleverly persuades Hibbert. These are the kind of things that earn Stanhope respect and the status of being a hero. Also throughout the whole play general things that Stanhope does and what we learn about him from other characters also show us that he is the hero. Stanhope is determined and knows his company very well. He works very hard, but the concept of alcohol that has been incorporated into his life in the war, manipulate the reader and sometimes do confuse that audience, if Stanhope is a good character or bad one. Overall Stanhope's good side is stronger. Many of his bad actions can be justified by his drinking habit. In my opinion Stanhope deserves the title of being a Hero. Faisal Siddiq ...read more.

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