"Journey's End" was written by a playwright who had first hand experience in the war. His play is based upon real life experiences, mirroring the way he and his comrades lived and fought, it relives some of its incidents. Because the playwright was an officer in the war, and was injured at the battle of Passchendaele (1917) the play is made even more intimate than the novel "Regeneration"
The choice of setting of the novel and play are crucial in the way that the horrors of the war are revealed to readers and audiences of the texts.
"Regeneration" is set in Craig Lockhart mental hospital in Scotland. Although this is hundreds of miles away from the frontline, Barker is still able to show the trauma and both physical and mostly mental suffering that the war has caused to soldiers. Having such a setting has allowed the author to isolate the theme of mental breakdown.
"Journey's End" however is set in the danger zone, just behind the frontline. Faint sound and lighting effects would be used to show shelling and grenade attacks, coming through the doorway that leads to the trench outside,... [continues]
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