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What were Sheriff's aims in writing 'Journey's End' and how successful was he in achieving those aims?

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What were Sheriff's aims in writing Journey's End and how successful was he in achieving those aims? Drama has been popular for ages because it is very entertaining. Another important feature of a drama is that they provide a message. 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most popular dramas in the world and is of a romance genre. It was written by the great writer, Shakespeare in 1595. 'Journey's End' is a play which portrays a picture of life in the First World War trenches. R C Sheriff's main aim was to provide a moral message and to show an effective piece of drama. The drama also entertained the audience. Sheriff has been very successful in providing a moral message to the audience. He uses different ways to portray the message. One of the ways is that he uses the characters, how they feel being in trenches, with all the pressure and the bombarding. ...read more.

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This is just the language used by the upper-class people of the time. They are also using formal language because the play is set in 1910. Sheriff also uses literary allusion such as Osborne's quote from 'Alice in Wonderland', and lots of other pointless talk on gardens, plants, pigs etc. None of these pointless lines refer to the war, which shows that there is no point to the war. The language is highly emotive, there are always people fighting, arguing, which shows how stressed they are during the war, in the trenches. The sentence structure is very simple. There are lots of pauses, short sentences and the language is fragmented. The characters come to terms with the war. The pauses show that the characters are uncertain and are unwillingly obeying orders. The setting is another important factor in the play. All the play is taking place in a dug-out in the British trenches before St. ...read more.

Conclusion

R C Sheriff's main aim was to provide a moral message and to show an effective piece of drama. He also wanted to entertain the audience. I think he has successfully achieved his aims through his characters and their reaction to their situation. He has promoted peace very much in this play. At the end of the play, all the characters presumably die. This shows the futility and pointlessness of war and its toll on the people. I feel that this play is very effective in making the audience aware of the true horrors of war and their effect on people. We also come to know the way the senior authority played around with their officers and men. They weren't given much importance. Sheriff has addressed many issues in this play and this is the reason why it has become a major success. I personally feel that every person should watch this play and understand the wrath of the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Adel Hasiri ...read more.

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