This line is evidently ironic in contrast with the content of the poem, which brutally describes the horror and the futility of the war. After the second stanza, Owen is focused on his experience of horror, ‘He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.’ shows his experience of watching a man dying from a gas attack. Furthermore, he says that we will not be able to experience the same feelings, but only in ‘some smothering dreams’. Through this he argues that individuals who have not been to the war should not promote it and his negative attitude towards propaganda, which told young men how great the war is, seeding deluded images of the war. Therefore, the poem plainly depicts the irony of the title which says that it is one of the best thing to die for your country when it is not.
For example in both Plath 's poems and in Macbeth, the loss of a male figure is made clear. A difference would be that Sylvia Plath was deeply unhappy and disturbed about her appearance and the fact that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth committed a sin. In this essay I will explore these similarities and differences are presented in Plath 's poems and in different productions of Macbeth. Early on in Macbeth we teach that lady Macbeth experience the loss of a father. This is shown when she declares ' had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done ’t.
The alliterative structure combined with Hamlet’s cutting cries all add to his “weary” feeling, exhausted by “all the uses of this world” (133-134). Hamlet’s world is shaken, and his view on life has been altered as well. His depression is so great that he has thought of suicide, a huge cultural sin, as he knows. Hamlet’s thoughtfulness is also conveyed, taking six lines to delve into his emotions.
He reads it again, wonders what his family will think, wonders who will tell Mutti. He feels sad for Mutti. He knows his death will be hard on her.” A Lot of quite sad events happened like this in both stories, which built a lot of Tension. Also, we see a flashback of Helmuth dying and saying goodbye to his friends and his family in letters. In “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” on pages 160-161 it says “She stopped as the dark door into Lilith’s Cave opened before them.
In the story, Erik is also very selfish. On page 263 it says “I could hear my voice crying, ‘I didn’t tell! I didn’t tell!’ And I remembered Erik’s fingers prying my eyes open.” In this example, Erik doesn’t care if what he does hurts Paul. He’s going to do it anyways. Erik hurts Paul to keep himself safe and not his brother.
On page 347 the brother admits his guilt, “’What are you crying for?’ asked Daddy, but I couldn’t answer. They did not know that I did it for myself, that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” As you can see, the brother not only avoided the doctor’s directions of no walking because Doodle is special, but only taught him for the plain reason of being ashamed of a disabled sibling. This harmful pride doesn’t stop there. Yet again the brother proves his guilt on page 347 stating, in an eerie form, “But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle became mine.” His brother is admitting Doodle’s innocence. Next, the brother gives us plenty of moments that prove his cruel behavior and thoughts during the story.
Here and there a tear is furtively brushed away with the back of a hand, the corner of a cloak.” Carbon says, “You make them weep.”(136). Living vigorously and courageously, yet he fears to confess his heart and face a heartbreaking rejection. Admiring from afar, Cyrano hesitates because of his inherent grotesque features, until he encountered Christian. A suave soldier from the Guards, Christian,
This is carried over from Jane Eyre, and described to be the underlying cause of Antoinette’s madness. In Wide Sargasso Sea, it is Daniel Cosway—in his first letter—that informs Rochester that Antoinette’s family suffers from madness. Daniel writes, ‘There is madness in that family. Old Cosway die raving like his father before him’ and further writes about Mrs Cosway’s descent into madness, and that Antoinette is showing the same symptoms (Part Two, 58-59). Depending on the perspective, this could be seen as something Rochester echoes in Jane Eyre, ‘Bertha Mason is mad; and she came of a mad family;—idiots and maniacs of three generations!’ (249).
However there were some lines which expressed regret, as the soldier could no longer feel that way. In contrast to the warriors current tone of despair and hopelessness, Owen continues to depict the soldiers pre-war persona in inviting descriptions. “When glow-lamps budded in the light-blue trees, / And girls glanced lovelier as the air grew dim — / In the old times, before he threw away his knees.” This switch in tones is abrupt to the extent that it harshened the tone and implied anger; as if to express how quickly the warrior had lost all the good in his life. In contrast with the angry and harsh tone, the alliteration creates a fascinating one which is joined by the alluring one created with the description of the females. The warriors blameful opinion towards the war is evident, along with his carelessness in the phrase ‘threw away his knees”.
He is isolated, poignant, solemn, all he can do is sit in his wheelchair, helpless to everything that’s happening around him, only able to watch and listen, to the ‘voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, voices of play and pleasures after day.’ His disability marks him different from other people—‘all of them touch him like some queer disease.’ The persona is a representative of all those soldiers that suffered due to conflicts between their country’s politicians. The poets tells the tale of the cruel reality of how war really is, and it’s completely different from what is portrayed in the posters. The major themes in ‘Refugee Blues’ is about human suffering, about man’s inhumanity to man, about the freedom and renewal of the natural world. Human suffering is portrayed in the discrimination of the German Jews, about how even animals in nature have a place to stay, have an identity, have a chance of survival. In comparison with the animals, the Jews don’t have a hope in surviving the war, they are caught up in the war between politicians’ disputes.
Erin Remarque’s novel 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.
Another element in this novel is Melinda’s inner conflict, man vs. self. What Melinda has been through greatly affected her everyday life. She struggles with depression, dislikes her appearance, and feels ashamed of herself for something that isn 't her fault: “I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else...even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me” (Anderson 51). Andy Evans, the senior who raped her, made her feel worthless. This situation is much like the one in the novel The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Beah had to undergo war, and that had many negative effects which some privileged teens would say only happens in books. The Sierra Leonean Civil War had a very negative effect on Beah. Ishmael Beah lost his brother, his mother, his father, his friends, his uncle, his belongings, and his mentality. This theme is important because it shows the consequences of war. It changed who Beah was.
In both poems “unferth from beowulf” and The wife’s laments” they both have the same theme, which is betrayal and anger. Both of the stories are expressing anger the same way, but are expressed differently throughout the story. When Beowulf first arrives Unferth doesn’t have any kind words to say about Beowulf. He begins to question him about how he’s going to defeat Grendel if he couldn’t even win a swimming race with Brecca. “unlocked his thoughts with these unfriendly words-for the journey of Beowulf”(418-419).
Music by Front Porch Step reflects an incredibly pessimistic attitude toward love. First, in their song "Public Fear In Private Places" they sing, "dump my heart into a blender just to pour it out to you," which expresses the violent impact love can have on your heart physically, and intellectually. Secondly, Front Porch Step 's song "Drown" expresses a pessimistic attitude toward love as well. In the song it states, "begging God to rid my head, of every word you 've ever spoken," which reflects the pain love causes to many people because of the remembrance of their past lover. Lastly, "If I Tremble" by Front Porch Step, exercises the use of a pessimistic attitude toward love as well.