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What is the climax of Journey's End?

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Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM via web

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What is the climax of Journey's End?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2012 at 9:21 PM (Answer #1)

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The climax of this brilliant play comes after the successful raid to capture a German prisoner from the German trenches. Although Osborne and other soldiers died in this raid, Raleigh and the other survivors are treated to a special dinner by Stanhope to celebrate the "success" of this raid. It is the next day when the climax occurs, as the long-awaited German offensive is finally unleashed.

This is climactic because in the intial bombardment Raleigh is wounded seriously. This brings Stanhope and Raleigh together in the dugout where Stanhope tries to comfort Raleigh, who has been in conflict with him for most of the play. Finally, for the first time in the play, the two are able to communicate as friends rather than as antagonistic individuals. The irony of this however is that Raleigh dies soon after this because of the severity of his wounds. Even though the conflict between them is shown to have ended, Raleigh's death cuts short this momentary lull in hostilities before Stanhope is left to leave his new friend dead in the dugout as he goes out to marshall the defences against the German attack.

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