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.
Similes like “ Bitter as the cud” and “ Obscene as cancer” show how haunting a real experience of death can be,one of the many sacrifices of fighting in a war. Nearer to the end of the poem it becomes apparent that he is frustrated that the media has put a glorified and glossy coating over war, unaware of the discordant reality that he and many other soldiers have been forced to live out in their
In Erich Maria Remarque’s, “All Quiet on the Western Front” the soldiers face fear, hardships, love, trust, and death together during World War 1. The question is, why? All soldiers were clueless to the reason why they had to leave their families, friends, and loved ones, only to return home to suffer from the mental and physical pain afterward. The novel focuses on Paul Baumer who enlists in the German army and experiences the horrors of war while trying to survive in the trenches. “War Some More” by Sandra Osborne connects well with the novel in the sense that war is brutal and brings forth hatred without a solid explanation as to why.
The Misguided Prayer War is a dreadful act, the loss of countless lives of ones who wish to bring honor to their name and country; yet, dying in the name of your country is viewed as a noble act. A victory in the game of war is not easily achieved. In order for one to win, one must lose something in return- for some it's their loved ones, for others it's their sense of morality. In Mark Twain’s satire, The War Prayer, Twain goes into detail about the cost of victory and uncovers the immorality hidden within people’s prayers. Throughout this satire, Mark Twain uses irony and ridicule to shed light on what war really is and how victory is obtained.
In the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, displays that nihilism is a result of war. Throughout the book, several key events occur that point back to that theme, nihilism is a result of war. War fosters nihilism and creates a loss of innocence in the soldiers. The feeling of nihilism causes the soldiers to expect death, and channel their feelings into caring only about material things. This book, All Quiet on the Western Front, gives countless examples that point to the main theme, war causes nihilism.
Question Two David Malouf’s novel, Fly Away Peter tells of the events of the First World War through its protagonist, Jim Saddler, and his personal experiences. It also explores the tragedy and disruption that comes as a result of warfare. Through the use of narrative techniques Malouf clearly communicates his own personal attitude towards war which is that it is an unnecessary disturbance within the natural order that lacks overall purpose. These techniques, including symbolism, juxtaposition and intertextuality are also effectively employed throughout the novel to enhance the reader’s understanding of the key messages. Key messages conveyed throughout the novel relate to the effects of war as well as human experiences, these messages include
Remarque emphasizes grotesque imagery in how war was gruesome and life changing for the characters in the novel. Through rich character details, All Quiet on the Western Front captures characters perceived feelings and impact of the war. Remarque established an ironic situation for his characters in order for his readers to fully grasp the uselessness of the war. The unfathomable 15% of soldiers whom has acquired post-traumatic stress disorder has shown throughout this novel that a true soldier fights for everything they've left
The poem “Facing It,” by Yusef Komunyakaa is a heart wrenching story of a man who was in the Vietnam War. He is recounting the lost and maimed of the war. The author himself served in the Vietnam War. This poem has many accurate depictions of the struggles felt by the veterans coming home from this highly controversial war. The personification seen in the story catches the attention of the reader in a way that almost makes the reader feel as though they themselves are in D.C. staring into the wall.
He grew up to severed relations with his family which lead to him establishing himself (“Commentary on Ambrose”). At a very young age, Ambrose Bierce joined the Union army which brought experiences as a soldier that served as a basis for some of his most famous Civil War tales, such as “Chickamauga” and “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (“Commentary on Ambrose”). These tales explored the lives at the frontier and on the homefront while showing the cruel costs of war on civilians, and they publicize violent endings that many met (Bierce). Bierce was known for the naturalist movement that arose in American literature during the Reconstruction era. Naturalism was a writing style based on instinct, passion, and individuals.
“The Happy Warrior,” displays diction and irony to highlight the realistic attitude on war by Sir Herbert Read. Throughout his poem, Sir Herbert Read uses a gruesome word choice to get across the message about the horrors of war. Early in the poem, “painful sobs” (1), came over the fighting soldier. The horrid thought of agonizing pain lies with reader as they read the rest of the poem in an appalling disgust. Additionally, the word, “shriek” (5), describes a ghastly scream instead of using a word such as cry or yell.