Similarly, lice and glum are used to describe the conditions of the trenches/front in "All Quiet on the Western Front". Remarque shows the trenches as hell for the soldiers, especially Paul and his comrades. The extent is more severe in "Suicide in the Trenches", because the soldier boy ends up committing suicide, hence the title. However,
One kept occurrin’ and re-occurrin’ in his dream" it shows how the soldiers have been exposed to so much violence and that it messes with their minds which leads to psychological problems when they come back home. “Found himself involved in a sea of blood and bones. Millions without faces” In this phrase, Mick is referring to the many massacres that happened during the Vietnam War. “Fighting the Good Fight” In the beginning of the song, Mick sings that the soldier Dan is going off to fight the good fight.
How is war represented in ‘Suicide in the trenches’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’? ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is a poem written by Wilfred Owen between the years 1917 and 1918. It describes the life on the battlefield and how it impacted the life of the soldiers. Owen most likely used his first hand experiences from when he was a soldier in World War 1. This poem describes the soldiers personal perspectives of war using the bare naked truth, not glorifying it in anyway.
Throughout their lives, people must deal with the horrific and violent side of humanity. The side of humanity is shown through the act of war. War is by far the most horrible thing that the human race has to go through. The participants in the war suffer irreversible damage by the atrocities they witness and the things they go through. In the novel “All Quiet on the Western Front" is the description by Erich Maria Remarque of the graphic violence and gore and the psychological pain that the average soldier endured on the western front.
The horrors of the war are reflected throughout the novel, but Ninh uses the landscape of the Central Highlands to reflect on Kien, and how the war affects him. There are sharp and horrific descriptions of the Jungle of Screaming Souls, where effective language conveys images of Kien’s suffering and the overwhelming power that it has on Kien’s mental state. Ninh also uses strong images and juxtaposition to reflect on his image of his hometown, and how that image has changed after the war, where the reader interprets people’s horrible suffering in poverty. The relationship between the violence and the natural landscape also conveys the traumatic environment that soldiers had to cope with, to the reader, using grim language to describe both the landscape and the violence.
Siegfried Sassoon takes on a narrative style in his poem “The Rear-Guard”, and combines it with complex syntax to portray the speaker’s horrific experiences throughout the war. The poem exposes a soldier’s experience of finding the violent battlefield above while searching through the death-filled tunnels below. Pairing the speaker’s point of view with specific word choice clearly demonstrates the excruciating mental and physical pain being a soldier inflicts, and leaves a glooming effect on the reader. Sassoon fills the poem with explicit imagery to reveal the pacifist theme he is trying to convey. Sassoon wants the audience to realize that war and violence is not the solution, and he portrays this theme through his poetry.
Perez illustrates social, personal effects, as well as physical and emotional injuries using both imagery and similes. The author N.A. Perez uses several imagery quotes to display both internal and external conflicts in the Union army. “…among the ragged weeds, a long delicate wasted hand was pointing at him… Why did Tuly have to take one grisly skeleton hand as some kind of sinister omen that he couldn’t shake out of the head?”(pg.5)-Union internal conflict. This quote explains how Tully suffered mentally and was even traumatized by seeing the effects of the war such as skeletons lying down in different settings. The quote, “Behind Union lines there was continuous restless motion.
The poem renders conflict as a photographer who battles through his eternal feelings and lightning dispute between the horror of the war and the worlds increasing indifference to the victims of the conflict. Lastly, conflict is explored through the idea of innocence. Conflict is explored through the horror of the war and increasing indifference to the victims of the conflict. This is evident in the line “Spools of sufferings set out in ordered rows”. The use of sibilance highlights this image which creates a suggestion of graves or bodies which also mirrors the actions of the photographer, who lays out his films in "ordered rows", as though in doing so he can in some way help to restore order to this chaotic world.
In Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” he uses imagery, similes and diction to set the stage for his poem. It starts with dark imagery of the soldiers hunched up in a trench like “old beggars,” waiting for their time to go out onto the battlefield. Next the author uses diction to fully describe the situation: “But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame;all blind.” This describes in great detail with carefully selected vocabulary the harrowing situation these men were going through as they were marching and fighting for their lives in the horror of war.
Death: with its overwhelming connotations of loss, of defeat, intrinsically dramatic, even though it is slow and painless. Loss: it stays with you, informs your every attitude, your every decision, your every act” (Bissoondath 45). This quote expresses the themes of common life occurrences Raj goes through between recovery, death and loss. When he returns to Casaquemada with his wife Jan and son Rohan, he finds a country grown violent and corrupt: ""I was seeking protection from people who needed protection"" (Bissoondath 163). An emergency is declared; while Raj is away tending his dying grandfather, soldiers come to his house and kill Jan (Rohan, too) when she resists arrest.
In the novel All Quiet on The Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, the constant exposure to war results in devastation. The protagonist Paul Baumer, is amongst soldiers fighting in WWI along the front. A main focus in the novel is the devastating effects that war has on the soldiers who fight in it. Many soldiers are susceptible to constant physical and emotional danger, as they can be obliterated at any given moment. Throughout the story, the soldiers are living on the edge, and uncertainty overwhelms swarms their thoughts.
Trauma is a many layered thing. There are many ways to cope with it, and many ways people can experience it. In war there is obviously a lot of suffering, and many ways to deal with the aftermath of being in war. In “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien, the narrator repeats the story of the death of one of his comrades several times within it, changing the details with each telling. This story is less about how to tell a war story, and more about how to cope with life after facing war and how to cope with death in war.
The True Weight of War “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, brings to light the psychological impact of what soldiers go through during times of war. We learn that the effects of traumatic events weigh heavier on the minds of men than all of the provisions and equipment they shouldered. Wartime truly tests the human body and and mind, to the point where some men return home completely destroyed. Some soldiers have been driven to the point of mentally altering reality in order to survive day to day. An indefinite number of men became numb to the deaths of their comrades, and yet secretly desired to die and bring a conclusion to their misery.
The Things They Carried and Operation Homecoming exhibit the lasting effect of war on soldiers. This is both mental and physical, in the forms of mental illnesses such as PTSD, or permanent injuries from battle. Some effects come from the death of a troop mate, such as Curt Lemon in The Things They Carried. These leave lasting mental scars on soldiers, or cause them to cope in ways that are less than humane. Many soldiers resort to suicide, including Norman Bowker after experiencing the death of Kiowa in Vietnam.
This film tells the story of the loss and heartbreak brought on by war. This film tells the story of death and despair. This film is a constant reminder of the mistakes that were made and their grievous consequences. And while yes, we have diary entries, photographs and stories detailing what happened at Gallipoli, a film is needed to fully convey the emotions and experiences the ANZACs had, and this film does just that. In this scene here, we are bombarded with images of hundreds of men running to their death and dying for their country.