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How does Journeys End show the effects of war on the men involved Journeys End is a play about British soldiers in World War One and the effects the war has on them both physically and mentally The play explores many aspects of war life including friendship alcoholism class boundaries and the lifestyle of the men in the trenches This essay explores how the play shows the effects of war on those involved looking at use of dialogue lighting props and other key dramatic devices The essay will mainly focus on Act 3 Scene 2 of the play but relevant quotes from other scenes in Journeys End will also be used to help illustrate points Stanhope the Commander of the company is a prime example of how the war effected many intelligent able young men The audience knows Stanhope is a good officer and is well respected from earlier dialogue in the play For example in Act 1 Scene 1 Osborne says Hes a long way the best company commander weve got and Hardy agrees Stanhope is also a humorous man and can get on very well with his fellow officers For example at the beginning of Act 3 Scene 2 he has all the men in stitches relating tales of mischief with women However he appears to only be in a good mood when he has been drinking which he does a lot We know this because in the very first scene of Journeys End Hardy discusses Stanhopes drinking habits with Osborne saying I never did see a youngster put away the whisky he does One of the main effects of the war on Stanhope is his drinking He drinks for Dutch courage on the battlefield and in Act 1 he confesses this to Osborne saying If I went up those steps into the front line without being doped up with whisky Id go mad with fright This quote tells the audience that
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