Briefly introduce: the play; the setting; the specific scene; the concept of close language analysis
Journey End is a play set in the world war one during operation Michael 1918 which was an unsuccessful mission. At the beginning of the scene it has a calm atmosphere; the soldiers are drinking tea and this atmosphere seems to continue even when they find out about the raid there is no sense of real emergency or shock “We’ve got to make a raid tomorrow “ this could be because this is usual procedure for them. Also Trotter starts reciting a song which foreshadowed the upcoming events “Tis only Pa Ran over by a Tram” Sheriff did this to subtly hint to the audience the death of Osborne who was like a father to the soldiers which creates dramatic irony. Trotter refers to the raid as a “nuisance” this also supports my point of the raid being usual procedure for them or Sheriff wants to keep the tension low and then rapidly increase it shocking the audience because they don’t expect Osborne to die
Sheriff uses Mason as a comical character to decrease the tension at the end of Act two “Onions do have a way of cropping up again” this brings the edge off the seriousness of the situation, Sheriff does this deliberately. Before entering the raid Osborne reads “Alice in wonderland” this could suggest that he is entering a childlike state of mind because children are ignorant so he can ignore that a part of him knows he is walking into his death.
Sheriff perceives Raleigh as a naive and inexperienced character “You might avoid talking to Raleigh about it”. This portrays that Osborne does not want to ruin Raleigh perception of war which is he believes it is like sport and he is “excited(ly)” about the raid. This shows that Raleigh hasn’t faced the realities of war unlike the other soldiers for example Hibbert. Hibbert in the precious scene displayed a breakdown which shows what war does to a man it traumatises him and how they have to put a brave face on and carry on their...