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The First World War Inspired Many Writers both At the Time and Since How Convincing or Sympathetic A Portrait Does It Give Of World War One?

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The First World War Inspired Many Writers both At the Time and Since How Convincing or Sympathetic A Portrait Does It Give Of World War One? After having seen and analysing numerous World War One fictional novels, plays, films, television programs and battlefields, I have been hugely impressed. All the different things we analysed gave different impressions of the war from different angles. Firstly, visiting the actual battlefields, trenches, the memorials, graveyards and the museums in Ypres really put the whole war into perspective. Actually seeing everything from my own two eyes really did convince me about the war. Reading from the textbook and looking at the accurate pictures is one thing, but actually seeing everything impressed me so much more. It was a hugely moving experience and I found that I was incredibly convinced after Ypres. One day in Ypres, we visited a huge graveyard called Tyne Cot. It was quite emotional, seeing grave after grave. What I personally found most upsetting were the messages on the gravestones, written by members of their family. My favourite quote, which I found so touching, was "We have lost, Heaven has gained, One of the best, Earth contained." Another compassionate quote was "father in thy gracious keeping, leave we now our loved one sleeping." ...read more.

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We know how we both feel now. Shall we see if we can stick it together?" Friendships were so important at that time - without friendships and relationships, the men had nothing. The play included many instances of cowardice, too - mainly with Hibbert - "This neuralgia of mine. I'm awfully sorry. I'm afraid I can't stick it any longer". Also, when Hibbert tries to desert them, but Stanhope won't have any of it... - "I've seen the doctor this morning. He won't send you to hospital, Hibbert; he'll send you back here. He promised me this morning. So you can save yourself a walk." On the contrary, the play also showed many instances of fear: "I reckon that raid shook 'im up more'n we thought. 'Es got pluck." That was when Raleigh had come back from the raid and he was suffering from shell shock. There is a poem, written by Siegfried Sassoon called 'The Hero.' This poem describes Hibbert in every detail. "He thought how 'Jack', cold-footed, useless swine, Had panicked down the trench that night the mine, Went up at Wicked Corner, how he'd tried, To get sent home, and how, at last, he died, blown to small bits." It basically describes how a soldier got shot for attempting to desert them, but they couldn't tell his mother that. ...read more.

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In Blackadder, Captain Blackadder tried to get out of going through with the big push - similarly to Hibbert, in Journey's End. Raleigh, in Journey's End, at the beginning, was enthusiastic and na�ve. This is similar George in Blackadder. The soldiers share the same characteristics, but they are different in other aspects, too. Journey's End guided us through the worst times (the daytime raid, the big push), the best times (the special meals, the friendships). It took us through the hard times (grieving for Osborne's death) and the great times (the stories of their families, homes and past). Journey's End impressed me most about the war and I loved it. The play was light-hearted at times, but heavy and sad at other times. The play was a contrast of serious and humorous, interesting and educational. R.C. Sherriff spoke out of experience and he really knew what he was talking about - because he fought in the war himself. The interesting thing about Journey's End was that no one had written about the horrors of war in such detail before, R.C. Sherriff was the first one to come clean and reveal what really happened during the war. Journey's End was so brilliant it's hard to phrase it in any other way. I found that after studying Journey's End, the Great War was much more convincing and it seemed more real. The play, especially the last scene, was incredibly heart-rending and effective. ...read more.

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