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This critical evaluation is on the play Journeys End written by RC Sherriff In my view a hero is someone who would risk his or her life or something of value to them to save or help another person Also a hero could be look upon as a person greatly regarded for an achievement These are my personal definitions upon which I will judge Stanhope Before Stanhope enters the play we learn a lot about him from Hardy and Osbornes opinions of him We learn from Hardy that Stanhope is known for drinking a lot Drinking like a fish as usual We also find out from Osborne that he has been in the war for 3 years since he left school hes never had a rest due to working hard and long though his nerves are battered to bits and its his nerves which cause him to drink Despite his problems he is a great soldier and worth a dozen people So far Stanhope is pursued as a hero although with his problems When Stanhope makes his first appearance he immediately comments on the state of the trenches dug-outs smell like cess-pits The cook Mason offers Stanhope some soup instead he asks for some whiskey Confirming he does like a drink Upon meeting Raleigh Stanhope is very friendly he asks How did you - get here Raleigh tells him he was told to report to here and Stanhope puts it down to coincidence although he knows Raleigh would have asked to be with him Stanhope decides to censor all Raleighs letters because he is worried he will write home and tell Madge Stanhopes girlfriend that he reeks of whiskey all day Stanhope would rather Madge didnt find out what he is really like This behaviour isnt heroic it is cowardly but Stanhope will feel easier if he censors the letters From Osborne and Stanhopes conversation we learn that Stanhope is only able to
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