This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Journey's End By Rc Sheriff Essay

2068 words - 8 pages

20th Century Drama - The name of this play is Journey's End, written
by R. C. Sherriff.


The name of this play is Journey's End, written by R. C. Sherriff. The
play was first preformed on a Sunday night in December 1928. By 1929
it was being shown at the Savoy Theatre where it ran for two years.
Later I will be studying the characters of Stanhope and Osborne, and
how they link in with the title "Journey's End", and I will also
examine the idea of journeys. I will also study the impact the play
had, why it was so successful and journeys of the minor characters,
Hibbert, Raleigh and Trotter.


The subtext of the play is about journeys, mental, physical and
emotional. Each character in the play goes through their own journey,
but each face it in a different way.

The Impact of the Play

At first, no theatre managers wanted to show Journey's End as they
thought it wouldn't be interesting to the public and no-one would want
to see a play without women in or want to be reminded about the war
ten years after it had ended. But they were wrong, and the play was a
success. Before Journey's End was written, most plays were about love
affairs between upper-class people and were mostly for entertainment
purposes, whereas Journey's End is about something real, something
dramatic, without being over played. Journey's End was different, and
therefore theatre managers didn't want to risk showing it, in case it
was a failure. Many people thought R.C.Sherrif had written the play
for political purposes, or to mock the government e.g. the way the
raid was handled by the commanding officers. But it was written to
give a tangible account of what the war was like, not from the
ordinary soldiers point of view, but from the officers' point of view.

The Minor Journeys

Hibbert's journey is a rather dramatic one. It starts at the beginning
of the play, with him complaining of neuralgia. Stanhope doesn't
believe that Hibbert really has neuralgia, but thinks he is using it
as an excuse to get out of the front line. Later, Hibbert tries to
leave, to go see the doctor so he can go home, but Stanhope confronts
Hibbert who still tries to leave. Stanhope threatens to shoot Hibbert,
who stands there and shows courage by telling Stanhope to shoot him.
This is a turning point in Hibbert's journey. Stanhope has realized
that Hibbert may not actually have neuralgia, but may just be
terrified of what may happen in the war. Stanhope tells Hibbert that
he is terrified of what may happen, and in that moment, Hibbert
decides to stay, and to fight on. That is the major event in Hibbert's
journey. Hibbert's journey went from being scared to showing courage
and bravery by staying. His journey ends in the big German attack at
the end of the play.

Trotter's journey is simpler, and mostly revolves around food, and
where his next meal is coming from. Back home trotter is a keen
gardener, and has grown a prize...

Find Another Essay On Journey's End by RC Sheriff

Analysis on WWI source - the play "Journey's End" by R.C. Sherriff

891 words - 4 pages These excerpt are taken from the source I have chosen to evaluate, a 1929 play called "Journey's End". It was composed by a British author R.C. Sherriff who joined the war at age eighteen. He served as a captain in the East Surrey regiment from 1914 until the end of the war.This makes the play a first hand account, so it would be useful to historians studying the soldier's experience of trench warfare. Again, because Sheriff was actually there

Phantom Head Essay

1471 words - 6 pages 14mm. b. Electronic measurement A unit wire sis attached to the RC file that has already been inserted and a second lead is attached to the lip of the patient so that a complete electrical circuit is created. By moving the file further into the RC, electrical signals such as beeping sounds are made by the machine when the file reaches the root canal’s end. Here, once again the measurements are read from the file’s markings16. 5. Tapering

R.C Sheriff’s Message in Journey's End

928 words - 4 pages R.C Sheriff’s Message in Journey's End ‘Journey’s End’ is a play written by R.C Sheriff. It is written based on the author’s own experiences during WW1. The play is set in trench warfare in 1918, but was written in 1928 which was the 10 year anniversary of the Armistice (the agreement to end the war). Britain declared war on Germany in August of 1914 and the mood in Britain was one of heroic optimism. Millions of young men enlisted in

Journeys End - R.C.Sherriff - "Character of Stanhope"

962 words - 4 pages "Is Stanhope the hero of Journey's End?"Explore the ways in which Sheriff presents the character of Stanhope"How is the dear young boy? Still drinking like a fish, as usual?" The character of Stanhope is introduced by Hardy in Act 1, without him actually making an appearance. Osborne shows respect to Stanhope and is clearly angry and annoyed by the way Hardy is dismissive of Stanhope's ability. Already, we are presented with two contrasting

Journeys end annotation

1039 words - 4 pages Journey's end by RC SherriffThe stage directions in Journey's end at the beginning of the extract are of utmost importance because they use a lot of imagery and symbolism, which later is linked back to this extract, at eth end of the play, there is a candle on the table which gets blown out, symbolising the doom and death of the men. In the stage directions it mentions the sunset,"towards sunset......light that slowly fades with the sinking sun

Regeneration and Journey’s End

1189 words - 5 pages when speaking for example “aven’t” instead of haven’t and “‘ad” instead of had. With Sarah and Ada Lumb the use of “Aye” at the start of ada’s sentence and Sarah calling her mum “mam” shows they are of a working class background. There is a theme of duty present throughout “Journey’s End” and “Regeneration”; and in both the characters feel their duty has changed by the end. In “Journey’s End” Works Cited Journey's End, R.C. Sheriff Regeneration, Pat Barker

A Comparison of the Techniques Employed in Portraying the Horror of War in Regeneration and Journey's End

2585 words - 10 pages -man-stand illustrates how strongly he feels the war should be ended, and how he is disgusted by its treatment of the men. Both authors use techniques that introduce their main characters very carefully. Barker does this with Sassoon's declaration and Rivers and Bryce discussing him, in "Journey's End" the audience learns about Stanhope before he appears on stage through Hardy and Osborne discussing his drink problem

Robin hood Case and options available to Robin hood and robin hoods situation similar to that faced by a start up firm in the modern era

1723 words - 7 pages kills the sheriff then the whole matter would end without any difficulties. Though the chances of killing Sheriff were very remote, but killing the sheriff would be been the end of all the problems at once.* Another opportunity, which was in sight, was, the return of King Richard, because his return would have lead to the loss of power by Prince John and in turn, this would have lead to loss of office by the Sheriff.* Robin Hood could have joined

Irresponsibility of those Most Responsible

1049 words - 5 pages the sheriff’s relationship with his illegitimate son, to represent the irresponsibility of the nation in dealing with slavery. Chestnutt creates the sheriff’s internal battles by setting up a strong third person narration. This narrator is limited in the fact that he or she only knows Sheriff Campbell’s emotions and thoughts. One of the battles Campbell has to deal with his fatherly duty versus his civil duty. The narrator states, “the struggle

Miscarriage of Justice

726 words - 3 pages To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic book by Harper Lee. Justice, being righteous and morally right, is a recurring theme in this book. Set during the Great Depression, the story takes place in a small town full of judgemental Southerners in Alabama. At the end of the tale, Boo Radley, who never left his house, saves two children from an attacker by fatally stabbing him. Boo was the gossip topic of children and adults. The townspeople thought he

What has principally interested you in your study of Journey's End so far?

677 words - 3 pages Journey's end is a play written by R.C. Sherriff ten years after the end of World War One. R. C. Sherriff was born in 1896. In the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the army, and served as a captain in the East Surrey Regiment. He had an interest in amateur theatricals, which eventually led him to writing. His book Journey's End is about the futility of trench warfare in the First World War.When I first started reading this play the

Similar Essays

Journey's End By Rc Sheriff Essay

3179 words - 13 pages scene ends with Stanhope sitting by himself. The final scene of Journey's End finally allows us to see how Stanhope feels about Raleigh and leaves us in no doubt as to what Sherriff wants the audience to think about the War. Stanhope truly thinks of Raleigh as his friend, otherwise he wouldn't have sat next to him when he was dying and tried to comfort him by saying "I'm going to have you taken away...Down to the dressing station - then

Stanhope's Relationship With Raleigh In Journey's End By Rc Sheriff

1833 words - 7 pages Stanhope's Relationship with Raleigh in Journey's End Write about the presentation of Stanhope’s relationship with Raleigh in Act Two Scene One, Act Three Scene Two and Act Three Scene Three. Journey’s end by R.C.Sherriff is an incredible play about how the horrifying conditions in W.W.I affected men physically and psychologically. The audience really feel for the soldiers as the author has made the concept of the war so emotionally

Stanhope And Raleigh's Relationship In Journey's End By Rc Sheriff

1610 words - 6 pages Stanhope and Raleigh's Relationship in Journey's End Intro In this essay, I will attempt to discuss the changes and development in the ongoing and differing relationship between Raleigh and Stanhope. I will pay particular attention to character movement and speech, sound, lighting and audience reaction. Robert Cedric Sherriff was born on June 6, 1896, in Hampton Wick, England. After attending grammar school at Kingston on Thames

Act Three Scene Three Of Journey's End By Rc Sheriff

2324 words - 9 pages Act Three Scene Three of Journey's End Journey's end, written in 1918, is a short play set in the trenches of World War One. The English trench is opposite a German trench with only sixty or so yards of 'no mans land' between them. The play tries to show the reality of war through ideas or comradeship and the way that the characters interact under pressure of everyday life in the trenches. The play also displays ideas of heroism through