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RC Sherriffs Journeys End shows contrast between Raleighthe boy and Stanhope the protagonist to emphasise the horror andfutility of war The playwright does so by making Stanhope and Raleighbarely different in age bust vastly different in experience showing howfutile war can be Throughout the play it has been made clear thatthrough Stanhopes experience of the horror and futility of war he hasacquired a coping mechanism Stanhopes coping mechanism is to drinkand drink until his troubles wash away contrastingly Raleigh does notneed one as he has not experienced the main theme RC Sherriffs wayof enforcing Stanhopes experience is to show how naive Raleigh istowards the war which also gives us a deeper understanding of thecentral theme The contrast between Stanhope who has a coping mechanism andRaleigh who lacks one shows the horror and futility of war This is aleitmotif as it gives us a better understanding that to have any chanceof resisting the affects of war you must have a coping mechanism Thereason that the protagonist and the boy are similar in age but vastlydifferent in experience is a result of exposure to front line combatAct two scene two is a perfect example of this as Raleigh is chosen tomake the dash because of his inexperience therefore he is willing to doso whereas none of the other soldiers want to do it as they haveexperienced the horror and futility of war The playwrights way ofhighlighting how much war has changed him is to make the protagonistdetest people who drank alcohol before he went to war and then when hedid go he became the one who drank the alcohol for whom he used todetest To make this clear Sherriff makes the only variable theexperience of war to compound this Sherriff also makes Stanhopeembarrassed of being who he has become and what the war has made himHe did not go back home on his last
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