While ‘Dulce et decorum est’ conveys the reader of the ruthless reality of war and mocks patriotic death, Brooke uses ‘The Soldier’ to stress the fact that its honourable to die for your country. Wilfred Owen uses harsher, more repulsive onomatopoeic words which provide a cutting edge; ‘knock-kneed, sludge, trudge, guttering, choking, gargling’. Rupert Brooke uses softer words that are pleasing to hear (euphony). The changes in rhythm throughout ‘Dulce et decorum est’ creates a more bitter and cynical tone. Both poets use the idea of death to their own advantage.
War over a War Novel In the preface to All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque writes, “It [the novel] will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.” This quote shows that this book was written for the purpose of conveying how a generation was lost because of World War I. Two critics, however, differ over the validity of the author’s purpose because of the depiction of the horrors of war and portrayal of a soldier in All Quiet on the Western Front. The critic Modris Eksteins agrees with Remarque in arguing that Paul Bäumer embodies an everyman that represents the fate of a generation. On the other hand, William Pfeiler writes that the novel should not be taken seriously because it is about a certain type of naive soldier that does not represent an everyman. Although there is evidence in the novel to support both views, the idea that Paul represents a lost generation is stronger than the opinion that he represents an immature individual.
The definition for war according to Merriam-Webster is “a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land,sea, or air.” Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front illustrates the horrors the soldier experiences during war and the effects it has on him psychologically. Remarque uses the character of Paul Baumer who is a compassionate and sensitive young man, but the brutal experience of warfare teaches him to detach himself from his emotions in order to preserve his sanity and to survive. His account of the war is a bitter invective against sentimental, romantic ideals of warfare. The novel follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during
It is clear that he is repulsed by these images of war but this sense of togetherness is what gets him through it. The poem becomes personal as he admits to us that he has written “lettere piene d’amore”.At this point we have been diverted away from the images of war. He brings us inward, into his mind. In this, this soldier’s dying moments, Ungaretti thinks of his own
The fact, that he begins the passage with “I am a coward,” also indicates that although he wants to bravely represent his people, he is fearful. The scene where he says goodbye to himself in the mirror, could also imply that he dies or something is going to be symbolically or literally taken away from him,. In contrast, the narrator is very astute, and the chilling discovery that he spots Capt. Richard Madden right away, infers that he is also very
“It is well that war is so terrible-- otherwise we would grow too fond of it,” were the words once said by the Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Indeed, even opposing nations can agree that war is full of destruction and devastation. Despite this, there are those who believe that war is glorious. Too often, movies and literature depict war as a virtuous endeavor. Young men are often told during war that they should become a soldier, for honor and glory.
Again, the diction shows the men’s bravery to sustain brutal experiences, yet reveals that war is not the glorious battle the government presented it as. The difference in each poem’s narration also supplements this message. The narrator of “Dulce” experiences the war first-hand, while the narrator of “Mental Cases” describes soldiers’ memories of
Jekyll is an obvious example of this theme. On one hand he a civilised gentleman with ‘the respect of the wise and good’ in society. On the other hand, he has many sins and desires that he tries to repress, to keep his reputation intact. Stevenson uses language associated with war to illustrate the conflict between good and evil in Jekyll’s mind: ‘two natures that contended in the field’, making the conflict between his two personalities seem like two forces on a battlefield and suggesting that it is a constant struggles between the two sides of him
“Insensibility “ and “Strange meeting” offers Owen’s personal experience of the grim realities of battle and a deep emotional response to allow for a true understanding of war. Owen explained how they experience lack of imagination and how even if they imagine it would be filled with horror, blood and death. Owen had very strong religious references which was shown in the poem; by using the beatitudes structure at the beginning of most of the stanzas. “Happy are men who yet before they are killed”. In these lines, he used the religious allusion of beatitudes as in “Happy are” whereas he turned this positive connotation and joyful tone , when he ended the same line by “ before they are killed” using negative language, satiric tone representing the not patriotism and dull image of war.
The book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque gives us a good understanding of what war was like for the people fighting on the front. When reading this book people can get a front hand experience of what it is like being in battle. Remarque wrote this book so well that often times you picture yourself actually with Paul and all his friends. The one thing you specifically get to see is how humanity affects warfare. Humanity affects our decisions in warfare because humans are selfish, have fear, and seek revenge.