Journey's End Essay

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Journey’s End by RC Sherriff is a play about life in the trenches of a group of officers behind British lines during World War 1. The characters live in a world of fear, disillusionment, friendship, loyalty, naivety, guilt and abandonment. I am going to examine which of these officers would be the most fitting leader of the company. I will base my opinion on the personal qualities such as leadership, temperament, empathy, strength, courage and upbringing.This three act play is based on true events in 1918 in frontline trenches where you see the reality of death. In this play the company are waiting on a German attack. RC Sherriff builds up to this by using different methods such as time. We empathise with the men as they await their “Journey’s End”Hibbert is not a leader in anyway as he tries to be “sent down” sick and out of the war, by saying he has neuralgia. Later, he says he has a hangover and can not go up into the trenches from the officer’s dugout. Stanhope says “another little worm trying to wriggle home”. Hibbert has a wealthy upbringing you can tell by the way he speaks. Hibbert shows some bravery as well, because as he tries to get sent home, Stanhope threatens to shoot him in the head. Stanhope says “You don’t deserve to be shot by accident – but id save you the disgrace of the other way” and Hibbert calls his bluff or shows his bravery “Go on then shoot”. To sum him up he would not make a good captain because he is a coward in some sense.Trotter could never make a leader because he is a much lower class than the others. His accent and way of speaking give him away. He has a well-developed cockney sense of humour. Trotter is a laid back person and always cheery as nothing seems to bother him. He likes his food and gets on well with Mason the cook, because they are the same class. There is no doubt about his bravery and ability to lead men as Stanhope gives him a share if jobs. Trotter isn’t a very imaginative man which is a major down point, in Stanhope’s opinion.I think Osborne would make a very good leader as all the men look...

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