As Life evidently offers many challenges, obstacles in the early times cannot indeed foreshadow the turns of the tides of Destiny. The two soldiers admit to each other that they feel exactly the same way, and are struggling to cope with the stresses that the war is putting on them.
They all appear to be enjoying themselves until Hibbert is annoyed when Stanhope tells him to go to bed, and he tells Stanhope to go to bed instead, then Stanhope suddenly becomes angry and begins to shout at Hibbert, and tells him to clear off and get out.
Sherriff's portrayal of the effects of war is similar in there to that of the poetry of Wilfred Owen Siegfried Sassoon and would prompt audience's to question their attitudes to World War One.
Stanhope has a keen sense of duty and feels that he must continue to serve rather than take leave to which he is entitled.
Raleigh knew Stanhope from school, where Stanhope was skipper at rugby; Raleigh refers to Stanhope as Dennis. The play is set near the end of the war, inalong the western front in France.
I will also study the impact the play had, why it was so successful and journeys of the minor characters, Hibbert, Raleigh and Trotter Sherriff, who was wounded at Passchendaele inwrote from his experience of the war. You wear it sort of tucked up under your chin like a serviette. C Sherrif recreates the tremendous stress and fear by the men at the front in the First World War.
It hints that the majority of the play will take place in a small, claustrophobic, enclosed area. Raleigh admits that he requested to be sent to Stanhope's company.
It is set in the British trenches a few days before the expected attack and Sherriff re-creates the moments leading up to it. Quentin, France, where the military is involved in trench warfare with German forces stationed only 70 yards away.