Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war. One way that Owen is able to
Meanwhile, the illustrator of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, uses mood, symbolism, and imagery to show how ridiculous the 600 men were. In the poem, Tennyson use tone, imagery, and diction to prove his feelings towards the soldiers. First, the author uses imagery to import an image in the readers head of 600 fearless soldiers charging into war with cannons all around them. “Cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them.”
These are all devices that are vital in portraying the overall theme of the brutality of war, in All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the main literary devices used in All Quiet on the Western Front is imagery. An example of this is when Detering, Paul and, his friends become pale and sick at hearing
While the poem glorifies and honours the members of the Light Brigade and considers them heroes for dying for their nation, it also subtly suggests the bad decision making of the British Government, for taking part in a clear condemned battle against the Russian Empire, where hundreds of lives were lost. The failure of the battle appears throughout the text with the repetition of the term “Death” and by the use of different literary devices which remind the soldiers ' impossible situation to act according to their moral, as they had to obey the Government’s
Death, especially of a close family member or friend, can cause one to lose hope. Death could include a loss of a loved one, a loss of oneself, or a loss of a passion. In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien reveals the significance of death each soldier must come to terms with and the impact that death has on them, their character, and their actions. Each soldier carries objects that represent who they are, what they long for, and what they love. This is what remains constant for the boys in a world of war and death.
In The Grauballe Man, the notions of a man’s barbaric actions are associated with the contemporary events happening between the borders of Northern Ireland and the South of England. The poem evokes flashes of darkness from the medieval era as Heaney goes through the anatomy of the preserved corpse laying before him. “The chin is a visor raised above the vent” provides an image of a knight’s visor and is used to describe the unnatural shape of the head caused by a vicious action. The hair of the Grauballe Man is describes as
In one instance, it is used to convey that the mourners believe they should try to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again because of the impact the deaths had on them. For example, in the fourth, stanza it states, “for there we strike by day and by night, / there we kick by day and by night, / there we spit by day and by night / until the doors of hatred fall” the repetition allows the reader to realize that the narrator is frustrated by the war that has caused the militiamen to die. The repetition of “there we…by day and by night” indicates that the mourners are greatly impacted by the militiamen’s deaths because they are willing to take action “by day and by night” to make sure this does not happen again. In addition, repetition is also used to relay how strongly the mourners feel about the loss of the soldiers. They feel “more than anger, more than scorn, more / than weeping,” and the “mothers [are] pierced by anguish and death”.
Wilfred Owen’s poem “Anthem for doomed youth” and Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Suicide in Trenches” have both used personification and imagery to portray the theme ‘mental and physical pain that the people will get in war’. However, Sassoon has used shift in tone in last stanza whereas Owen’s tone is consistent. Personification is effectively used through Owen and Sassoon’s poem to emphasise and adds different meanings. The second line of first stanza “Only the monstrous anger of the guns”, from ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ (hitherto Anthem) is describing the way the guns’ acting towards human as having a ‘monstrous anger’.
All of the adjective plus a noun alliteration in "Hush-D Be the Camps To-Day" is used to portray the soldiers ' views of mourning towards their dear commander, who died in battle. The first piece of alliteration in this short poem is war-worn weapons (2). The use of the phrase war-worn weapons is to show that the weapons from the fighting, were worn down. It wasn 't just the weapons that were worn, but also the men fighting.
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 war. The poem exposes a soldier’s experience of finding the violent battlefield above through the death-filled tunnels. 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 reveals this through his poetry.
From the first few pages, it reveals that Second Company has made it out of a battle, losing close to half their men. Soon after, we see a detailed description of Kemmerich’s death, a fellow soldier injured and amputated before the beginning of the story. The way his fellow soldiers reacted, not with apathy yet not with unbridled misery, immediately sets the tone for the book. Other scenes throughout the
The guy wasn’t Heidi- he has a weapon, right?” (126) However, by giving insight on the man’s life, the reader learns that similarly to O’Brien, the man he killed originally had no intention of fighting. He wanted to be a scholar. The collections of short stories in “The Things They Carried” come together to show how complex war can be.
In Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the author retells the chilling, and oftentimes gruesome, experiences of the Vietnam war. He utilizes many anecdotes and other rhetorical devices in his stories to paint the image of what war is really like to people who have never experienced it. In the short stories “Spin,” “The Man I Killed,” and “ ,” O’Brien gives reader the perfect understanding of the Vietnam by placing them directly into the war itself. In “Spin,” O’Brien expresses the general theme of war being boring and unpredictable, as well as the soldiers being young and unpredictable.
Over all, this story allows us to observe changes within the mentalities of army officers. First, the trauma of living in a war zone can add a significant amount of intangible weight into someone’s life. In “The Things They Carried,” we discover that Cross’s men “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die (443).” Given that the majority of humans have experienced some form of trauma, we can understand how some men were driven to suicide and others into
Kemmerich’s was one of Paul’s close friends to die first, and it is here we can see how loss is portrayed during this scene. The loss of Kemmerich life was not quick or painless, Paul’s friend suffered throughout this time, and Paul was their watched his friend die. Paul faced the truth about war after his friend’s death. The truth that Paul had discovered is that the loss of life is something that he, and all of his friends might not be able to escape. I believe that Paul gave up on living after the death of Kat, that was his last friend that was still alive and he was very close to him.