Junger does not lack awareness to the death around him, but he thrives on the reinvigorating adrenaline rush he experiences in combat; even countless injuries cannot keep Junger away from the battlefield (33). At one point, Junger describes staying in a house where a bomb went off the day before. He expresses no fear, simply stating his belief that the previous explosion made this house a safe place to stay (274). Despite Junger’s apathy toward death, his writing does not fail to evoke emotion from his audience. Terse sentences describe the war with brutal honesty, allowing the audience to create its own imagery from the literal words of
A story that tells only of death, sorrow, and the bitter truth about World War One, Erich Remarque’s book, All Quiet On The Western Front, is simply a story of a generation of men who were lost to war. Told through the eyes of a 19 year old boy named Paul Bäumer, as he shows what World War One was, in all of its horrific glory. This ‘glory’ so to speak was a gruesome, traumatizing experience for many of the soldiers that fought in World War One, this experience engraved in their memory, that would continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives. In the epigraph in All Quiet On The Western Front, it tells that “ even though [the soldiers] may have escaped shells, [they] were destroyed by the war”. It is evident to say that even though some soldiers escaped death from the war, they all will be scared from the experiences they had.
He hides from the fact that his life is coming to a slow and impatient end. The two protagonists in these poems both take on the idea of death in two different ways. They know that death is lurking in the shadows waiting to take them down an unknown road. The personification of death in both of these poems also create
The last two lines in the poem translate to, “The old lie: It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.” The connection between these lines and O’Brien’s quote is the idea that soldiers dying for their country is a concept that is undermined and dismissed everyday as a “sweet and honorable way to go,” when in reality it means so much more. The authors of the two works are expressing frustration toward their readers, trying to provide meaning to each and every war-related death. Each writer indicates that they are not convinced dying for your country is justifiable, and are struggling to draw reasoning from the way their comrades have
A masterpiece in its own right, it reflects a story that illustrates the brave and courageous acts of those who valiantly fought. The soldiers, regardless of which side they represent, pushed through their fear to become men of honor and valor. Many perished and those who survived are cursed to remember it. It reflects the sentiment that “Courage is more than charge; More than dying or suffering. The loss of love in silence or being gallant; It is temperament and, more, wisdom”
Conclusively, there are many themes that Randall Jarrell portrays in his short poem The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner. Moritz sheds light on the fact that “He seems to object to war because it’s unnatural way for people to die. He suggests that an individual human life during war is nothing.” One of Jarrell’s best World War II poems, he expresses little emotion but says so much in this
In both Mice and Snakes and in Harmonium, Armitage tackles the idea of death. Similar to Mice and Snakes, the ending of Harmonium is the premonition of his fathers death. The father mentions himself that he will be in the next coffin that the son carries. However, instead of the father seeming like the near-death person, the son is “too starved of breath to make itself heard”. This role-reversal shows that the son is actually the one that is most affected by the death of his father, and not the father
Bryant”s use of imagery can convey that human beings come and go, but nature is always there. In the poem,. The speaker describes the impression that they will share their grave with important people who have died in the past. Bryant declares, “Thou shalt lie down/ with patriarchs of the infant world- with kings,/ The powerful of the earth- the wise, the good,/ Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past./ All in one mighty sepulcher”
Death lurks at every corner, as all living things must eventually die. In William E. Stafford’s poem, “Traveling through the Dark,” he presents this idea as a nature-based relationship between the happenings of life and death. As Stafford is a man who acts on impulse, he demonstrates the idea that when encountering death, one should not ignore it completely, but perhaps see what is going on. In this poem, he follows his instincts and seeks to investigate a dead deer he finds at the edge of a road. Upon finding this deer, he examines it steadily, utilizing some of the five senses to confirm this death and learn something more based off this finding.
When readers read this poem, they are able to imagine a group of exhausted soldiers sitting on the ground, who have their arms resting on their knees and their heads hanging low. There is a moment of silence, when from out of the group of soldiers comes a man exhausted from battle. The soldier can tell that the others have lost the will to go on fighting. However, the soldier speaks out about their desperate situation, but refuses to admit defeat and encourages them to continue fighting. The speaker of “If We Must Die” is that of a leader who encourages pride and bravery.
Through personification the speaker depicts death as a gentlemen, and not someone who brutally takes our lives quickly, but in a courteous manner. The use of symbolism to describe three locations as three stages of life. These three stages are used to show our childhood,adulthood, and us as elderly soon about to meet death, The speaker also uses imagery to show that all death is a simple cold, then we go to a resting place which is the grave, and from there on we move on toward eternity. Death is a part of life that we all need to embrace, and learn that it is not meant to be
Rupert Brooke, poet, used this as an opportunity to interpret these ideas into one of his poems; ’The soldier’. He begins by addressing the reader: ‘think only this of me’. We’re immediately given an idea of the authors passion and attitude towards death in duty. If he dies, we are to remember that there’s ‘some corner of a foreign field that is forever England’. Brooke wants us to know that the foreign piece of land in which he dies on becomes his, England’s.
The poem aims to glorify soldiers and certain aspects of war, it goes on to prove that in reality there really isn 't good vs bad on the battlefield, it 's just a man who "sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call, And only death can stop him now—he 's fighting for them all.", and this is our hidden meaning.
Within the novel “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” the author uses specific symbols throughout the book to get certain points across. He uses symbolism through the setting of the book so we are able to read between the lines. The weather and specific objects in nature are two symbolic representations used consistently throughout the novel. Other forms of symbols can include the way he uses character names, senses, and animals. The author chooses to use all of these at specific points in the book to make our attention really drawn to key factors in the novel.