When he is first in the trenches, he admitted he could not tell the difference between the sounds of German gunnery and enemy shelling (Jünger, p. 27). His first battle experience exposed him to the great violence of war. The violence was far beyond what he had imagined. Jünger “lost his head completely” in his first battle because of the sheer amount of violence. The passage also applied to the rest of his time in the war.
Field Marshal Alan Brooke had taken a very different approach to everything. There was many optimistic views about a cross Channel operation in 1943. The british were completely against launching such an operation in 1942. Their had opposition in the United Kingdom because they would have to bear so much of their military operation. The British military leaders had experienced the vicious fighting against the Germans in World War I that had inflicted such heavy casualties on their forces.
Yet he wrote the greatest novel of the American Civil War, perhaps the best fictional study in English of fear The Red Badge of Courage” (Hoffman). The Red Badge of Courage according to James Woodress in his review of the novella said, “It is the most famous of all novels written about the Civil War” (Woodress). Another text, also by Crane and about war titled Episode of War was quoted to be how, “ Crane focuses on capturing the way war and injury isolate the soldier both from his fellow soldiers and from his family. Crane additionally demonstrates the fear experienced by the man and explores the way his injury shapes his perceptions” (Derda). Throughout time, both of these stories were well liked and intriguing because of their realistic qualities that were made by the strong use of diction, actions, and sense of emotion and thought throughout the novel.
In an ever-changing world, never has a war been so innovatively brutal as the First World War. One can speak of dehumanization, animalization and desensitization, evoking images of pain, terror and deadening. In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque melancholically, yet beautifully, depicts the absolute horrors of war and the way this gruesomeness affected the common soldier, analyzing both the psychological and the physical aspects, and assessing the ultimate ramification on its often-innocent victims. Through means of his pivotal narrator Paul Baümer, how effective was Remarque’s novel as a critique and debunking of World War I actually? The most obvious predominant theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is of course the incessant brutality of modern warfare, which the reader can experience in every single chapter.
When the soldiers returned home from battle, oftentimes the treatment they received from society was cruel. Instead of being welcomed home, regular citizens looked down upon them for fighting in a war many believed was unnecessary or for the wrong reasons. When the soldiers “carried the sky” as the narrator puts it, they lifted more than anyone could truly realize. This psychological, emotional, and physical pain and stress kept with them for the rest of their lives. The Vietnam War forever changed these troops, and this phrase superbly demonstrates this.
This can be clearly seen in Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est,” written in 1917 as the author was serving in combat (Owen). The very title of this poem is ironic: the scenes that Owen describes are anything but “sweet and honorable;” the soldiers he portrays are not valiant heroes, but tired men worn down by endless fighting (Owen). Moreover, the author asserts that if others could experience, even in their dreams, the traumatic sights and experiences that he encountered in combat, they would not be so eager to send their children to fight in wars (Owen). The poet feels that he and millions of others were misled; the beliefs about warfare that they were taught from a young age were nothing but lie when compared to the reality of life in the trenches, where the war scarred the mind deeply as the
Salinger wrote several books and stories and his writing style is quite unique—using swear and slang words not only in dialogues but also as a part of the narrative, and depicting character actions and their environments in detail in order to make them seem realistic. His life was widely affected by World War II—after seeing the horrors of combat and concentration camps, he stated ‘You never really get the smell of burning flesh out of your nostrils, no matter how long you live.’1 The author mentioned his wartime experiences several times in his published works, suggesting that he was indeed troubled by them. He was not able to confront the intense media coverage following the success of The Catcher in the Rye and chose to live in solitude, in contrast with his younger persona who would revel in company of others. Such a change in character could be, considering
Throughout the ages, wars have wreaked havoc and caused great destruction that lead to the loss of millions of lives. However, wars also have an immensely destructive effect on the individual soldier. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, one is able to see exactly to what extent soldiers suffered during World War 1 as well as the effect that war had on them. In this essay I will explain the effect that war has on young soldiers by referring to the loss of innocence of young soldiers, the disillusionment of the soldiers and the debasement of soldiers to animalistic men. Many soldiers entered World War 1 as innocent young boys, but as they experienced the full effect of the war they consequently lost their innocence.
They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army. That is why the peasant has wisdom, because he is defeated from the start”, displaying the underlying concept of adrift individuals and morals due to the war. The war has caused an entire generation to lose hope and a sense of direction, which is presented by Hemingway abstractly through this dialogue. 3) Frederic reflects, “I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain. We had hear them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot”(161), exhibiting threads ever present under the surface of Hemingway 's writing concerning the impact of the war.
A heroic couplet structure within the poem provides a degree of clarity while still asserting the chaos and cruelness of war. Once again, it can be inferred that Owen himself serves as the speaker. However, this time his audience is more focused on young soldiers and families rather than plainly the public in general. In contrast to the previous work, this poem is set primarily in a World War I training camp, signifying the process young soldiers go through prior to deployment to the front line. The tone of this poem is more foreboding and condemnatory, not only describing the training soldiers but outright degrading their forced involvement as morally wrong.