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

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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 characters were all completely different in age, size and attitude. This made it interesting from the beginning, as I wasn't sure how they would get together. Because they reacted to different ways and how they cope to the raid was interesting also. We are introduced to Osborne first. He is around forty-five, tall with well trimmed grey hair, also deputy to the Commander, Stanhope. We hear a lot about Stanhope before we meet him from the conversation Osborne and Hardy (a commander that seemed to know Stanhope rather well from the past) had together when Osborne arrived at the Front. It was said that Stanhope could and did drink a rather handsome sum of whisky. It was also said that he had been fighting in this war for sometime and it had really damaged this mental stability of him. This shocked me as he had only been away from school for three years and was healthy before arriving here. The next character was one of my favourites: Raleigh. He was the youngest of them all, and knew Stanhope before arriving. Which made things complicated between them when they first met. Stanhope and Raleigh seemed very nervous around each other because of their past friendship. They went to school together, but also saw a lot of him out with school as his parents were friendly with Stanhope's. Trotter was the cheerful soldier in the regiment. He seems to always be dreaming and ignoring all the negative points of his current position. In my opinion, Trotter did well to ignore the war, but this meant he became very much independent of the...