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What We Learn About Officer Class In The Book Journey's End

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What We Learn About Officer Class In The Book Journey's End During the World War many people found themselves in mid filled trenches eating rations and living with a host of creatures including rats, mice and many insects. There was however a group of people who did not sleep so rough, the officers, no matter what rank of officer you were you would sleep in a quarters with other officers and not with the men and you would have your own personal cook. Although the living conditions were not up to standards with even a one star hotel, they were easier to bear than what the soldiers had to. In this essay I will be talking about what you learn about the officers in the book "Journey's End". I will be discussing their hobbies and values. The officers shared the same kind of upbringing; all came from private schools and were highly educated. Raleigh and Stanhope both came from the same school and were friends outside school, often visiting one and others homes. ...read more.


Although Stanhope is superior he values the opinion of his lower officers. It is clear from the conversations that they all enjoy sport, especially "Ruggers" or rugby as more commonly known. It shows that they are all abundant in physical strength and it shows that Stanhope has good leadership skills as he captained the cricket team in school. Osborne however trumps him by telling Raleigh how he capped for the England rugby team, but he swore Raleigh to secrecy so he may be lying about that. The officers are all fighting so that they can get back to their families in England and get on with their lives. They are fighting for their own freedom and the freedom of their families. However Stanhope thinks that the war has changed him so much he will never be the same when he gets home. At one point Trotter takes out some dirty postcards to show to his fellow officers, in today's standards that would be no more than a page three tabloid cut-out if not less, but their raising has taught them that it is wrong to treat women so disrespectfully so they do not look at the postcards. ...read more.


This hints at a sort of romantic notion as they are gardening which is a sensitive thing to do. The officers use a different language than the soldiers, with slang such as "Chap" and referring to Osborne as "Uncle". It tells in the book of how they are used to a privileged life style as they talk about having servants, and even in the trench they have a cook and cleaner called Mason, they are used to high quality food as when they hear they are having cutlets for dinner they don't seem too pleased. One of the officers is unlike the others, he doesn't want to fight for his freedom, he tries faking a severe headache that cant be diagnosed to be sent back to England to see his family, he sees sense when Stanhope threatens to shoot him and say it is an accident and he stays. Much is learned about the officer's class in Journeys End but most of all it shows the difference between the normal soldiers and the officers such as the food, the language used and the general atmosphere between the officers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Chadwick ...read more.

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