Authors use literary devices to help the reader understand the message or theme. Literary devices are a key hint as to what the author is trying to tell the reader instead of just flat out stating the lesson or message. Throughout "Live to Tell", "Refresh, Refresh", and "Man From the South" the author 's use suspense to show the emotions the characters are feeling. There is a lot of emotion portrayed throughout "Live to Tell" by Lisa Gardner. The author uses suspense to show that Evans mom Victoria is fearful of what he would do if she did something to make him agitated.
Katczinsky said that was a result of their upbringing. It made them stupid. And what Kat said, he had thought about" (Remarque, 11). When the soldiers joined the war, they had no clue it was going to that life changing. "I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.
However, the irony of war to the soldiers is further displayed when Cross ends up becoming too obsessive over Martha when “carrying” his things, and barely even acknowledges the death of one of his soldiers in Ted Lavender. He then does not come back in touch with reality until the next morning when he realizes how idiotic he has become to love his illusion more than reality. As a result, he decides to burn the things he carries in an attempt to end his obsession, but it is evident that this is ultimately a continuing conflict he will have to battle throughout the book. In this passage, I noticed how prevalently longer sentences were incorporated within the text to indicate the plethora of things the soldiers carry in common.
“But the shelling is stronger than everything. It wipes out the sensibilities, I merely crawl still deeper in the coffin, it should protect me, and especially as Death himself lies in it too” (88). Remarque captures the essence of life throughout the novel, by counteracting the horrors of war with moments of peace and comradeship between soldiers. Most war novels tend to romanticize the ideas of glory and
Instead he can only replay the dreadful scene in his mind. The speaker realises that right from the beginning, the truth was concealed and overpowered by rhetoric which convinced the innocent youth that war is glorifying. Owen states, “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest / To children ardent for some desperate glory, / The old Lie” (25). The reality of the war takes many lives and destroys the innocence amongst the young soldiers.
All Quiet on the Western Front shocked and surprised people when it first came out because of it’s raw and universal portrayal of a soldier on the western front. On Paul’s leave during the war his experience going back was less than pleasant. Being surrounded by civilians who are oblivious to the things Paul had to face when fighting in the war. When Paul talked to his ailing mother, the only one he connected with on his leave, he lies to her and does not explain the horror he faced during his tenure on the front lines. In his mind he thinks that she will never understand what he faced and that the only ones who do understand are in his troop or even with the other soldiers on the opposing side.
Dix explains the unknown affect war has on man and how it impacts even your dreams: “As a young man you didn’t notice at all that you were, after all, badly affected. For years afterwards, at least ten years, I kept getting these dreams in which I had to crawl through ruined houses, along passages I could hardly get through.” (nga, 1924). Personally, I think they both make the following statements: In order to survive, people become isolated, detached and almost inhumane, and that man never fully recovers from the trauma of war. Both Tucker and Dix have used line and colour in their respective artworks to create a heavy and volatile atmosphere for the viewer.
These consequences are most impactful because of how dehumanization allowed the soldiers to kill mercilessly, which connects to how they gain a sense of guilty after the war when they have time to reflect. Unfortunately, their guilty consciences became so unbearable to the point where some would commit suicide. This exact scenario occurs to Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front. During a battle, Paul lost his senses as he is caught in the heat of the battle. Suddenly, a random body falls on him and “[Paul] strikes the [French soldier without thinking] at all” (Remarque 216).
His whole time at home helps to show the contrast between what it is like in the military and how the soldiers feel, versus how the other citizens feel about the soldiers in war and how the citizens thought it was like. Remarque does not use contrasting too noticeably in his novel, but he does have quite a few examples hidden
We believe in such things no longer, we believe in war.” (Remarque 121) These teenagers had not found themselves before the war. Being soldiers is the only thing that they knew. Paul and his friends were also pushed to join the war; they never had a chance to find themselves on their own.
Even though a story is not an autobiographical work, a relationship can still exist between the author and the main character. This circumstance occurs in the anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front. This novel presents a relationship between the main character Paul Baumer and the author Erich Maria Remarque. If a reader knows Remarque’s life and background, the reader can determine the connection between his life and his work. All Quiet on the Western Front is a fictional story and contains fictional characters, but Remarque bases these characters on real people he actually knew and used Paul Baumer to represent himself (Roberts).
Just as Ira Claffey paid attention to small details like plants, the author made sure to go into detail when it came to the horrors of the camp to show how truly dedicated some people were to the war. Others were numb when inhumane things happened. Some prisoners relied on memories to cope. Whenever a new prisoner would be introduced, they usually had a lot of flashback memories of families, or boyhood, life before the war that they were confined in. I think this connects largely to how Ira Claffey copes presently because he used to be a soldier in the Mexican American war.