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Journey’s End: Introduction
Journey’s End: Plot Summary
Journey’s End: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Journey’s End: Themes
Journey’s End: Quotes
Journey’s End: Characters
Journey’s End: Symbols
Journey’s End: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of R.C. Sherriff
Historical Context of Journey’s End
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- Full Title: Journey’s End
- When Published: Journey’s End was first produced on December 9th, 1928
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Drama, Realism
- Setting: A military dugout in the British trenches of St. Quentin, France during World War I.
- Climax: After days of mounting tension and anticipation, the Germans finally stage a massive attack on the British trenches, seriously overwhelming Stanhope’s infantry and fatally wounding Raleigh.
- Antagonist: The Germans are the most obvious antagonists in Journey’s End, but they hardly ever actually appear in the play. Because of this, the threat they pose—the sense of doom that hovers over the British dugout—becomes the true antagonistic force.
Extra Credit for Journey’s End
Rowing Club. R.C. Sherriff composed and staged his first play in order to raise money for Kingston Rowing Club so that the organization could purchase a new boat.
The Big Screen. Since it first premiered, Journey’s End has been staged many, many times. In 2018, though, it was adapted as a feature film for the first time.