Compare and contrast the ways in which the characters Ralph and Raleigh change throughout ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Accrington Pals’?
The effects of World War 1 were drastic and throughout the period that it lasted; it effected both men and women physically, emotionally and mentally. This made people who were effected by the war change from being normal into insecure and unstable characters. The play ‘Accrington Pals’ by Peter Whelan opens in 1914 , and the men in the play were very excited to join as they think it will be a great chance to show their capabilities in the war. ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C Sheriff however, beings four years into the war, and most of the soldiers in the play have been there for several years and are waiting for the final push of battle between them and the ‘Jerry’s’. The changes throughout the characters therefore are expressed by both Whelan and Sheriff in many different ways due to the impact of propaganda and both the men’s naivety to their attitudes of war. Similarly, the introduction of both plays highlights the characters of Ralph and Raleigh as naive. They are characters that are enthusiastic about the experiences they will be enduring. Their naive qualities are shown throughout most of the play. The first suggestion of Ralph possessing naive qualities in the quote by himself ‘England shake off your downy slumbers. Men of Lancashire all parts of the empire are responding nobly to the call. Shall Accrington and district be behind? Shall they arseholes’ the imperative ‘England shake off your downy slumbers’ suggests that he is a strong and masculine character. The rhetorical question ‘Shall Accrington and district be behind?’ leads the audience to portray him as a confident character also implies that he could have obnoxious qualities about him. ‘Shall they arseholes!’ Enables the reader to believe Ralph is confident, and that he is representing the war as something not to be feared. By using the profanity ‘arseholes’ Whelan suggests...
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