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 involving for
the reader. The main character is called Dennis Stanhope, and another
attention-grabbing character is Jimmy Raleigh. R.C.Sherriff has used
the relationship between Stanhope and Raleigh to convey the effect of
the awful conditions the war had on the depth of the suffering the
solders involved experienced. Stanhope and Raleigh have an extremely
interesting relationship. Stanhope is a peculiar character; he is an
alcoholic and seems to be fighting a constant battle with his mind.
When he is ‘sober’ he is short and snappy but when he has had a few
whiskeys he opens up and is able to have long deep conversations that
you can tell he’s really thought about. Stanhope fools a lot of people
into thinking he is really brave all the time, but really he’s just
drunk all the time. The whisky gives him a constant flow of ‘Dutch
Courage’.

Raleigh is also a very interesting character who hero worships
Stanhope. Raleigh’s sister and Stanhope are engaged. It is hard to
think of Raleigh as a man, as he still only seems like a young boy; he
has only just left school. Raleigh really looks up to Stanhope and
asked his Uncle to be sent to the same dugout as Stanhope. This
probably isn’t just because of his hero worship, but also to feel safe
as Stanhope looked after and looked out for Raleigh when he was still
a young boy at school.

Act Two Scene 1 is a key scene that shows Stanhope has no trust in
Raleigh at all. Raleigh has written a letter home to his sister and
Stanhope assumes he has written about his drinking habits in, and he
actually tries to censor his letter home. But Stanhope couldn’t bring
himself to do it, so Osbourne offers to read it for him. Stanhope
agrees so he must trust Osbourne a lot to let him do that. Osbourne
reads the letter, and so Stanhope finds out that the letter is the
complete opposite and is full or praise about him. “He looks tired,
but that’s because he works so frightfully hard, and because of the
responsibilities, a sergeant told me that………..Dennis is the finest
solder in the battalion and the men simply love him”. Stanhope felt
guilty and stupid for mistrusting Raleigh. Raleigh annoys Stanhope
when Stanhope is asking Raleigh for the letter he has written home to
his sister Raleigh doesn’t want to give it to him and he says its
private, Stanhope immediately thinks that Raleigh has written
something bad about him but the real reason Raleigh doesn’t want him
to read it is because most of the letter is praise that isn’t true, he
sounds like a...

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