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Compare and Explore the Ways ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C. Sherriff and ‘Not About Heroes’ by Stephen Macdonald Present a Sense of Duty and Responsibility Among Soldiers. Essay

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  • on October 18, 2013
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‘Journey’s End’ by R.C. Sherriff and Stephen MacDonald’s play ‘Not about Heroes’ both present a sense of duty in different ways. ‘Not about Heroes’ uses letters and poems as forms of allusions to incorporate the characters feelings and emotions to create empathy with the audience. In contrast, Journey’s End explores the more physical and psychological side of how life was endured through a sense of duty in the trenches, creating a sense of realism.
              The fact that ‘Journey’s End’ has evidently more characters to that of ‘Not about Heroes’,   allows Sherriff to explore how the soldiers express their sense of duty through their actions by not letting their comrades down. For instance, in Act 2 Stanhope manipulates Hibbert’s guilt ‘“If you went – and left Osborne and Trotter and Raleigh and all those men up there to do your work – could you ever look a man straight in the face again”’. For the audience, they see that Stanhope intends to create a sense of guilt in Hibbert as this attitude displays to the audience that the soldiers have to rely on each other and act responsibly and collectively in order to survive, leaving no room for selfishness, meaning that they be putting their comrades second. This emphasises that thinking and acting collectively was simply a matter of life and death.
           

                Similarly, in Act 2 of ‘Not about Heroes’, Sassoon makes a stand to say he would never betray his comrades and wouldn’t ‘lead’ his ‘Company to be slaughtered’. The verb ‘slaughtered’ suggests to the audience that soldiers died needlessly and another interpretation of this could be seen as the playwright symbolising the innocence of the young, dying in the war pointlessly and Sassoon would have felt a sense of duty to not allow this to happen. Since the play was based on Sassoon’s own life experiences, this gives the audience a realistic image of how men dealt with the war.   Sassoon carries a visible guilt for letting his comrade (David...

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