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What is the function of Hardy in the Opening of Journeys End?

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What is the function of Hardy in the Opening of Journey's End? In the opening of Journey's End, R.C. Sherriff shocks and horrifies the audience, by using Hardy's character to illustrate the horrific conditions of the trenches, the providing of bad equipment and the lack of good leadership and sympathy displayed by the soldier's commanding officers. Sherriff uses Hardy to help picture the poor conditions of the trenches and dugout. "A red faced, cheerfully looking man, sitting on a box by the table, intently drying a sock over a candle flame." gives an impression of the trenches and dugouts being cold and wet. "(Passing the whiskey and a mug) ...read more.

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Through Hardy, Sherriff is able to exhibit the high commanding officer's failures to provide its soldiers. Using Hardy's character, Sherriff creates an impression that not all commanding officers are stereotypical. "I don't know. The sergeant-major sees to that" shows Hardy's lack of knowledge and sympathy for his men. "A dug out got blown up and came down in the men's tea. They were frightfully annoyed." Illustrates Hardy's insensitivity and flippant views, by making gallous jokes about his men who were blown up. In the character of Hardy, Sherriff incarnates that not all officers are as sympathetic and serious as one might expect an officer to be. Sherriff creates an imagery of insensitivity, self-centeredness, tension and lack of sympathy amongst fellow officers. ...read more.

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Sherriff manages to exemplify the lack of sympathy, selfishness and tension amongst officers. Sherriff has successfully conveyed the fact that one's rank in experience and age does not determine the rank one is placed, but rather the social status one has in the outside world. Hardy's character is shown to be flippant, unsympathetic and selfish toward his men and other fellow officers, but yet he outranks Osborn's character, which is more sympathetic and serious. By comparing Hardy's character and Osborne's character Sherriff has managed to exhibit that one's rank in experience and age really does not determine the position one is placed in. Sherriff witnessed the horrific realities of the First World War, and he portrayed the War he saw in his novel. Characters in the novel such as Hardy, manages to successfully exhibit parts of the horrifying and shocking truths of the war to the audience. ...read more.

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