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. With themes rooted in the brutality of warfare and loss of innocence, both “The Last Laugh” and “Arms and the Boy” express similar messages but in different contexts. Just as before, Owen continues to personify weapons to emphasize their true role as the war mongers rather than the soldiers themselves. Owen states, “this bayonet-blade…keen with hunger of blood” (Owen 1-2). Uniquely when compared to other instances, this use of personification explicitly defines a blade as having a hunger for blood and a desire to kill, which is implemented upon the soldier who wields it.
In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” Owen uses gruesome imagery like “gargling” to expand the bitter tone and to depict the image that soldiers are suffering in efforts to criticize those who think war is all fun and games (22). In contrast, in “Epitaph on a Soldier” Tourneur uses abstract imagery like “died in peace” to evoke emotion instead of gory details to reassure the reader that the soldier is content with dying because he has obtained a lot of knowledge throughout the war (10). Illustrating the image of “froth-corrupted lungs” in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” serves to makes the reader feel uncomfortable (22). Owen does this on purpose to stimulate some sort of reaction in order to indicate a more critical tone to prove his stance on war and how it is not a cheerful environment.. Depicting the image of “strength of youth” in “Epitaph on a Soldier” serves to show how since the soldier was young in age, he should have been stronger and more likely to live because of his physicality (3).
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
She goes on to say that war will continue because of the human tendency to glamorize war in the media. Society will continue to urge on war and the death it brings. Another, less preferred, title for Slaughterhouse Five is The Children’s Crusade. To describe the significance of this title, in Peter Reed’s essay he states that, “The obvious parallels with the rising of a modern army are that people sent to die are in both cases young, innocent, and uncomprehending. […] The “noble” intentions [They have] may bear little relation to the actual purposes or accomplishments of [War]” (Reed 12).
Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.’” (Connell, 69 and 70) This quote supports the theme because Rainsford keeps believing that it’s not okay to hunt humans and he ends up surviving. Another example of sticking with what you
the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the story of Billy Pilgrim is utilized to investigate different topics about existence and war. Vonnegut's terrible war encounters in Dresden drove him to write about the detestation's and tragedies of war. Vonnegut's connection with Billy and alternate characters permits him to examine human responses to death and traumatic occasion. Vonnegut utilizes his characters, specifically Billy Pilgrim, to depict his convictions. An antiwar feeling, appeared through various characters, dominates the whole novel.
“The Sniper” is just one example of how war affects people mentally. When you’re in the battleground, you don’t consider others. In fact the only thing on your mind is to kill the enemy. You continue fighting til the bitter end. You fight til the end, also when you tears families apart.
“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy articulated this idea at the United Nation General Assembly on September 25, 1961. In other words, Kennedy is saying that war can take total control over a man’s actions and perspective when faced with the supremacy on the battlefield, resulting in the destruction of mankind. This quote sums up the struggle of many soldiers when they’re faced with the uncertainty of battle. In the short story “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty and the poem “The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy, the authors depict this concept that war is full of horror and suffering. War can change people and combat can turn friend against friend or brother against brother.
Through use of setting and contrast, both poets contribute to presenting the theme of the realities of war. Firstly within the poems, both Owen and Harrison present the horrific images of war through use of visual imagery.“And leaped of purple spurted his thigh” is stated. Owen describes the immediate action of presenting the truth of war as horrific and terrifying . The phrase “purple spurted” represents the odd color of the blood which was shedded as the boulder from the bomb smashed his leg in a matter of seconds. The readers
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.