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What characteristics of Stanhopes personality do you think this passage reveals? Support your answer with details and evidence from the passage.

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Literature - Common Assessment Task

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What characteristics of Stanhope's personality do you think this passage reveals? Support your answer with details and evidence from the passage.

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The passage displays a variety of new characteristics of STANHOPE's personality. It shows his pessimism, escapist, hopefulness, weakness, devotion and loyalty, his hatred of cowardice and his role as a hero to RALEIGH.

STANHOPE's escapism is highlighted in this brief passage as he says about his fiancée MADGE's oblivion of his addiction to alcohol, "She doesn't know that if I went up those steps into the front line - without being doped with whisky - I'd go mad with fright." Escapism is one of the most prominent themes in JOURNEY'S END and almost every main character has their own methods of escapism. Examples include: OSBORNE preferring to see everything as a romantic, TROTTER using food as a form of escapism and HIBBERT's escapism through which he tries to fake neuralgia to flee the trenches. STANHOPE uses alcohol to escape from the everyday horrors of war.

On a follow up to the aforementioned point, escapism proves weakness. This passage also reveals STANHOPE's weakness when deprived

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