Journey's End Revision

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  • Journey's End Revision
    • R.C. Sherriff
      • Born in 1896 and educated at Kingston Grammar School and New college in Oxford.
      • Sherriff Volunteered as a recruit for the war effort in 1915, he had risen to the rank of Captain by 1918
        • He was severely injured in 1917, in a terrible battle.
          • While he was recovering in Hospital he learned of the monstrosity of the war itself.
    • R.C. Sherriff's audience
      • everyone who had read the play would have been affected by the war in some way, whether that be someone they knew had died in the war or someone they loved had volunteered for the war effort.
        • During the time of the war 1910's, it hadn't occurred to anyone to question the morality of war.
    • Context of the play:
      • The play was written 10 years after the war had ended
        • The play produced a different aspect to war, i.e. from an actual soldiers point of view because Sherriff was a volunteer in the war, so he knew exactly what the soldiers would be experiencing during their time in the trenches
    • A theme that is present throughout the whole play is 'FEAR'
      • All of the characters deal with fear in their own ways
        • it works as a way to bring all men together.
          • I.E. they all have fear of something so they share a common interest.
          • Stanhope: drinks away his troubles as he was once in extreme fear during a battle, so he then began to drink whisky to 'forget' about the horrors he faced
          • Hibbert: has so much fear he tries to fake an injury/disease (neuralgia) so that he can be sent home from the war.
    • The Plot, Act 1
      • The environment the play is set in
        • The play is set in a British Trench before St Quentin
          • Opposite the British trench there is a German Trench who pose a threat as they are going to attack in a matter of days from the start of the play
            • causes tension in the play so it helps with the overwhelming theme of fear in the play
        • Hardy jokes about Stanhope's behavior when he is drunk, as he has turned to alcohol to help him cope with the stress of war
          • The Plot, Act 1
            • The environment the play is set in
              • The play is set in a British Trench before St Quentin
                • Opposite the British trench there is a German Trench who pose a threat as they are going to attack in a matter of days from the start of the play
                  • causes tension in the play so it helps with the overwhelming theme of fear in the play
              • Hardy jokes about Stanhope's behavior when he is drunk, as he has turned to alcohol to help him cope with the stress of war
                • Osborne defends stanhope and says " the best company manager we've got"
                  • Osborne is referred to as Uncle and is looked up to for advice
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          • Osborne defends stanhope and says " the best company manager we've got"
            • Osborne is referred to as Uncle and is looked up to for advice
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