The poem features a soldier, presumably Owen, speaking to fellow soldiers and the public regarding those atrocities. Correspondingly, drawing on the themes of innocent death and the barbaric practices of warfare, Owen expresses his remorse towards his fallen comrades and an antagonistic attitude towards the war effort through a solemn tone and specific stylistic devices. The poem is structured as free verse, contributing towards the disorganized and chaotic impression Owen experienced while witnessing these deaths firsthand, enabling the audience to understand the emotional circumstances of demise in the trenches as well. Throughout the poem, Owen routinely personifies the destructive weapons of war, characterizing them as the true instruments of death rather than the soldiers who stand behind them. Owen describes how, “Bullets chirped…Machine-guns chuckled…Gas hissed…” (Owen 3,4,15).
In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” Owen uses gruesome imagery like “gargling” to expand the bitter tone and to depict the image that soldiers are suffering in efforts to criticize those who think war is all fun and games (22). In contrast, in “Epitaph on a Soldier” Tourneur uses abstract imagery like “died in peace” to evoke emotion instead of gory details to reassure the reader that the soldier is content with dying because he has obtained a lot of knowledge throughout the war (10). Illustrating the image of “froth-corrupted lungs” in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” serves to makes the reader feel uncomfortable (22). Owen does this on purpose to stimulate some sort of reaction in order to indicate a more critical tone to prove his stance on war and how it is not a cheerful environment.. Depicting the image of “strength of youth” in “Epitaph on a Soldier” serves to show how since the soldier was young in age, he should have been stronger and more likely to live because of his physicality (3).
The general is able to express his thoughts and feelings well through his thoughtful and perfectly placed words full of emotional pathos. He tells of soldiers meeting their demise unquestioning, uncomplaining, and with faith in their hearts (“American Rhetoric: General Douglas MacArthur -- Sylvanus Thayer Award Address”). Such things evoke emotions of sympathy, melancholy, and not to mention feelings of pride. MacArthur even goes as far as to say “if you lose, the nation will be destroyed” (“American Rhetoric: General Douglas MacArthur -- Sylvanus Thayer Award Address”). This brings about a flash of fear across the minds of both soldiers and soldiers-to-be alike.
In war, there is no clarity, no sense of definite, everything swirls and mixes together. In Tim O’Brien’s novel named “The Things They Carried”, the author blurs the lines between the concepts like ugliness and beauty to show how the war has the potential to blend even the most contrary concepts into one another. “How to Tell a True War Story” is a chapter where the reader encounters one of the most horrible images and the beautiful descriptions of the nature at the same time. This juxtaposition helps to heighten the blurry lines between concepts during war. War photography has the power to imprint a strong image in the reader’s mind as it captures images from an unimaginable world full of violence, fear and sometimes beauty.
This chapter “The Ghost Soldiers”, showed us how Tim O’Brien and the other soldiers were dealing with the war both physically and psychologically. It also shows us how the Tim O'Brien behaved and felt when he was shot, wounded and had a bacteria infection on his butt and how the war changed the way he thought, and viewed the other soldiers around him. This chapter also contain a lot of psychological lens. From the way Tim O’Brien felt when he was shot and separated from his unit to a new unit to when he wanted revenge on Bobby Jorgenson for almost “killing” him. The chapter also showed how the war shaped and changed the way Tim O’Brien thought and dealt with things.
In the poems “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen and “The Bright Lights of Sarajevo” by Tony Harrison, both poems present the truths of war. However, both differ in terms of setting and contrast that help depicts the similarities between their theme. Disabled takes place within World War I as Owen vividly describes the subject’s amputation, but the poem is centered around the subject’s adjustment to civilian life after war. In The Bright Lights of Sarajevo although Harrison discusses the consequences of partaking in war in the town, he illustrates the way in which life goes on regardless the horrific impact. Through use of setting and contrast, both poets contribute to presenting the theme of the realities of war.
In Slaughterhouse Five or Children’s Crusade By Kurt vonnegut Vonnegut depicts war as gruesome and unpleasant. This book is about Vonnegut journey of being a soldier at Dresden Germany in world war ll. He experienced death camps and bombing which later leads him having PTSD. Whereas the dominant narrative of war suggests that war is good and how brave people are meant for it This leads Vonnegut using humor to show what reality of war is really like , which is destructive,unbearable, and make life meaningless. He also describes how wars were fought like children Before compared to what war is now or what he experienced when he was in Dresden which shows how reality of war is bad and the
Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce is an essay written about the battle of chickamauga, Bierce uses imagery to show the horrors of warfare and the toll it takes on those affected by it. Employing imagery, Bierce shows the everlasting effect of war on soldiers, their families, and the people living in the war terrorized areas. He does this by explaining in disturbingly gruesome detail the condition of soldiers and the destroyed surroundings of battlefield areas. Bierce starts of his essay in a happy aspect using imagery words such as “sunny,” “heroic,” “loved,” and “happy” to better convey that people rarely know what real life war conditions are like until they are in them. Also to show that becoming a soldier is seen as a heroic act of bravery
The soldier in this extract is a character who is mentioned throughout the first three sections of this novel as Freud’s son, whom Lisa has her erotic encounters with, thus reinforcing the life and death instincts further. Life and death are important in the novel, as they clearly associate strongly with the Holocaust. The idea of creation of life through sex is coupled with death through the drives, and it reveals to the reader the fragile nature of life in the concentration camps, as life was so delicate, and so easily taken away in various horrific ways, in such large numbers. It reduces the victims to a primitive nature, due to the dehumanisation they experienced. It is Lisa’s poem that
Without the dramatic gestures and vitality of the dancers, the overall story of the piece would not have been portrayed as well. Fokine masters the production’s storyline by developing emotion into inanimate objects. The puppets’ ability to convey such an intense amount of feelings such as happiness, love, and jealousy motivates their actions in their dancing. Petrushka’s failed pursuit of the Ballerina clearly agonizes him and his ability to ever be with her. Thus, his way of dancing showcases his jealousy and defeat.