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Identify Key Themes in 'Journey's End'

In this worksheet, students will explore the key themes in 'Journey's End'

'Identify Key Themes in 'Journey's End'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Pearson Edexcel

Curriculum topic:   Post-1914 Play or Novel

Curriculum subtopic:   Journey's End

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

      war memorial and cross with poppy              alarm clockglass of whiskey                  soldiers in trench

 

How do the images above reflect some of the themes that Sherriff explores in 'Journey's End'?

 

Some of the themes Sherriff explores are:

 

The psychological effects of war

Fear

Duty and honour

Companionship

Class system and hierarchy

Futility of war

Conditions in the trenches

Time, waiting and quiet

The horrors of war

 

In the exam, you might be asked to comment on the importance of a theme.

 

You will need to know which parts of the play explore each of these and will need to be able to locate key quotations which demonstrate these themes.

 

Have a go at the following questions to revise the key themes Sherriff explores in the play.

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