Discuss The Main Themes That Emerge From Sherriff's Journey's End

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Sheriff showed a lot of themes in this book, which made it very effective. The main themes were:Heroism,The reality of warGrief/mourningIrony of the playCowardice/fearHopelessness of warThe cross section of types of people/officersThe coping of the pressure of war.DutyIn heroism, in this text, we clearly see that Raleigh tries to be a hero but fails. Raleigh (excitedly): "I say Stanhope's told me about the raid". This suggests that Raleigh had a set picture of war (go and kill the enemy and be a hero), but he didn't know the reality of it (death).In the text, we see a quiet hero shown in Osborne. Osborne: "my names Osborne. Second in command of the company. You can call me 'sir' in front of the men". This suggests that Osborne went day in and day out for his country and did his duty, even though he knew he was going to die for a hopeless cause. He was also very level headed, and was referred by everyone by 'uncle', so he made a great hero.In the text, we see that Stanhope is nearly everyone's hero (Raleigh's the most). Raleigh: ... he was skipper of rugger at Barford, and kept wicket for the eleven...". This suggests to us that he was a born leader, as he led school teams, making him a great leader and is also admired by a lot of his collies, as he is very committed to his job.In the reality of war, in the text, we see from Raleigh it is very quiet. Raleigh: "I've never known anything so quiet". This suggests Raleigh is very inexperienced, and he is learning the reality of war in this aspect.In the text, we see that the expectations of Raleigh about the war are very different. Raleigh: "...it seemed so frightfully quiet and uncanny everybody is creeping about and talking in low voices ...". This suggests Raleigh has believed the propaganda, which was issued by the government.In the text, we see Osborne try to forget the war with Raleigh before the raid. Osborne: "... your coffee sweat enough"? This method failed, because there is no time or opportunity to forget the war, it is constant.In grief and mourning, we see Stanhope ignore Osborne's death. Stanhope: "we were having a jolly decent evening till you started blabbing about the war". This suggests Stanhope cannot show his true feelings and emotions. Also, it shows he is more worried about his duty and we think Stanhope drinks, to cover this up. We also again see another example in which you try to forget about the war but you can't because they are surrounded by it.In this text, we see Raleigh grief over Osborne's death. Raleigh: "Good God! Don't you understand? How can I sit down and eat- when - when Osborne's lying out there". This suggests that he wants others to mourn in the way he does. This also again shows his inexperience, as this grieving takes over him.In this text, we see Trotter show no grief to Osborne's death. Trotter: just a cup o'tea - then I'll go and relieve young Raleigh. Pity 'e didn't come down to supper". This suggests he is too worried about his own life and it doesn't...

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