In “ The Red Badge of Courage ” by Stephen Crane, symbolism is frequently used as a demonstration for the main character’s credulity, his instinctive perspective of war as well as the barbarity of the battlefield . Through this masterpiece, Stephen Crane wants to remind us all that people at times have immature feelings and trivial desires even though they may end up in tragedy. However, such fascination is nothing but a gullible thought of the adolescent. In this story, the main character- Henry is a boy who is overwhelmed by the eminence of war and the acknowledgement enlisting the army. Therefore, he conscripts himself for military service.
Golding has reportedly said that he wrote the novel in response to his personal war experiences. “(The war)... taught us not fighting ,politics or the follies of nationalism, but about the given nature of man is negative.As he describes the happenings, he put out an idea of humanity based on some of the happening of the past allowing the reader to set his mind on that specific happening throughout the incident and comparing parallel ideas that Golding describes in his metaphoric writing in Lord of the Flies. He clearly identifies our basic negative side within us, present in our society making a clear focus of it, symbolizing it to be very important,resulting us thinking about a big happening down in the pages of
In Lermontov’s The Demon, we are plunged into a world of ontology in which one can question his/her own existence and human intentions in parallel with the story of the Demon. Through the use of clear characterization and understanding of human nature, Lermontov is able to humanize the Demon by depicting him as a symbol of isolation, emotion and rebellion. Because of this, one is able to relate to the main character of the poem on a level of empathy due to the understanding of human nature and what it is to exist in our world or a fictional world. From the beginning of the poem, the main character is portrayed as evil, as he interacts with the setting, the Caucasus, in a tyrannical way. Despite this, the idea of the Demon being of bad nature is just the surface description of the character since he “sowed evil without enjoyment”.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a story, in which it allows people to know the true horrors of war. Throughout the story and in Erich Maria Remarque’s writing he uses many literary devices to emphasize what he experienced and the emotions he felt. The devices that he used are used in order to help the readers understand his experience and emphasize the theme of his war novel. Throughout this essay, I will show you a few of the literary devices used within the novel that emphasized the theme, the brutality of war. Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism.
The overall point of this poem is to convey the cruelty of war and what it accomplishes. The poet expresses the dilemma faced by the photographer in these circumstances through the way he ‘sought approval’ and tried to make ‘the readers eyeballs prick’ so that they would care. Duffy was inspired to write this poem by her friendship with a war photographer. She was especially intrigued by the peculiar challenge faced by these people whose job requires them to record terrible, horrific events without being able to directly help their subjects. The use of a semantic field of death shows the very dark side of conflict and gives an almost savage and sinister edge to the poem to make the act of war all the more evil.
The poems, “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” by Richard Lovelace, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Tennyson, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, and “The Song of the Mud” by Mary Borden, are all concerned with war. However, each poem has a distinct representation of it. While the two authors, Tennyson and Lovelace, glorify war by portraying it as honorable and worthwhile, Borden and Owen view war as a destruction of mankind and show their indignation and censure of war by depicting it as vile and gruesome in their poems. This essay will examine and compare the diction and tone of each poem to understand how they influence each poem’s underlying theme on war. In the 17th century, poets mostly used romantic diction in their
It is as if he aims to demonstrate his idea of “decadence” as straightforward as his ideal way of living is supposed to be. Also, Ango seems to take pride in living up to the responsibility of a wartime writer, whose literary work is seen as “an act of rebellion against the establishment, against politics. It is an act of revenge worked by humans on systems of all sorts” (194). To Ango, literature promotes decadence because it stands against the social and political institution. Hence, a literary work with direct and unambiguous message is adequate for Ango to reinforce his idea on how people should react to and absorb the loss of the
The two works what to tell that people return to the wild, gain self-awareness, and enhance their moral strength (Berthoud 289). Although their story plot, characterization, and environment have some similar or different parts, they all study the evil and virtuous human nature is affected by the traditional civilized moral standard. Coppola’s film follows the footsteps of Conrad’s novella. Even Heart of Darkness bases on the colonial period and Apocalypse Now relies on the Vietnam War. There is no doubt that Apocalypse Now is an adaption of Heart of Darkness, bur also is a continual the new exploration of human nature.
While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted. “How to Tell a True War Story” and “Ambush” are stories that both explore on topics: truth, the real definition of a true war story, and the role of truth. O 'Brien starts off “How to Tell a True War Story” with “This is true.” Starting this story with such a bold sentence not only makes it seem more true, but to some extent, it acts as a comfort statement to the narrator’s own doubts, as if there were unspeakable uncertainties and lies of the narrator. The title of this story also comes into play, with a meta-fictional name “How to Tell a True War Story”, as if it were a guide, a manual, having a true war story tell the readers how to tell a true war story. However ironically, towards the middle of the story, us as
Stephen Crane wrote two works about war titled, “War is Kind,” and “A Mystery of Heroism.” He uses similar literary devices to reveal his position on war in both works. The main literary device Crane uses is irony. In the first work Crane describes war as kind; while describing war as anything other than nice and sweet. In the second work, Crane takes a simple task, and turns it into a dangerous mission. Stephen Crane uses irony in “War is Kind,” and “A Mystery of Heroism,” to prove that he is opposed to the war by talking about loss and displaying people’s lives at risk.