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Explore the ways ‘Journey’s End’ presents the ideas of camaraderie to create dramatic effect. Compare and contrast the ways ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton present the idea of Camaraderie and evaluate the view that ‘Journey’s End’ is far more believable in it’s portrayal of this theme than ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’. Camaraderie is a key theme in both ‘Journey’s End’, a war play written by R.C. Sherriff, published in 1929 and ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’, a satirical war program aired in 1898 by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. In one sense, camaraderie is used for the intention of creating personal links and feelings with the characters, in a play, and the other with the intention of creating comedy to entertain an audience. Camaraderie is a complex theme, and although noticeable in both texts, the idea of Camaraderie must be presented in a believable way, which is why ‘Journey’s End’, given the context and setting of the play, appears to be more believable. There are different ways in which camaraderie is presented in both ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’. This is through father-son relationships, forced respect through rank a man may be, but in every way it’s shown, it always creates the atmosphere of a scene and may foreshadow future events. An example of this would be when Stanhope becomes drunk and infuriated by Raleigh writing a letter. Stanhope exclaims, “Don’t ‘Dennis’ me! Stanhope’s my name! You’re not at school!”, as Raleigh tries to plea with him. This creates a very tense and frightening atmosphere in the play, as it is seen a moment in which Raleigh’s views and friendship with Stanhope are shattered. This makes the audience wonder if this will happen again, or what might Stanhope be thinking, which causes a growing interest in the friendship between the characters by making us want to know how each

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