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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

Year:  GCSE

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


Duty and honour


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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