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. The descriptions of The Jungle of Screaming Souls not only reflects on the horrors of the war, which has a strong presence on the novel, but it is also parallel to the journey that both the war and Kien goes through.
In the first stanza, Field sets the stage for Icarus’ tragic death---a completely different world compared to the second stanza’s setting of modern life and general malaise. The first stanza explains the myth of Icarus through environment of a crime scene and of the aftermath thereof. Stanza two ironically deprives the myth of Icarus to a monotonous and unexplainably mind-numbing situation when compared to his former glory. The last stanza depicts Icarus lost prestige and splendor as a wound that he “probes” at, and daily tries to rebuild wings to escape his modern day prison, but to no avail. Edward Field’s “Icarus” very uniquely depicts a myth that is intermingled with a twentieth century providence.
Shantanu Jha When humanity is unable to atone for its sins, the innocent perish, while the living are left to suffer. In his elegy When the Towers Fell, Galway Kinnell laments the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks. In 2001, the world had just entered a new millennium; however, it was painfully reminded that the violence of humanity’s past would neither be forgiven nor forgotten. Through his captivating symbolic imagery, Kinnell is able to capture and emphasize the grief of the living, and the infectious nature of hate and war. Kinnell reiterates that through war and violence, humanity slowly implodes.
The tone of chapter 11 in John Steinbeck's, “The Grapes of Wrath,” is sympathetic, sad and hopeless. His word choice and syntax show how the sad houses were left to decay in the weather. His use of descriptive words paints a picture in the reader's mind. As each paragraph unfolds, new details come to life and adds to the imagery. While it may seem unimportant, this intercalary chapter shows how the effects of the great depression affected common households.
In Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Dust comes up often near scenes of war and death. In our world, dust is found on objects that have been neglected, and have not been cared for. It accumulates over time, and does not go away without somebody taking the initiative to sweep or blow the dust away. Dust is composed mainly of dead materials such as dead skin and dead dust mites, making it the embodiment of death. Hemingway uses the appearance of dust in A Farewell to Arms to accompany scenes of destruction and decay.
Similar to how Kiowa, American decency, drowned in the sewage field, Bowker feels that the war destroyed his personal decency. A major symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the inability to relay the emotions and experiences of such traumatic events. Norman Bowker and his story as a whole symbolizes the plague of PTSD in
The counter-arguments were that the Japanese were already defeated and so ‘why was it necessary to drop the bomb?”. Especially the second type, as evidence suggests that the Japanese were already defeated. Bombing and killing the innocent people shouldn’t ever be justified, however, it was a war and the American government did warn the Japanese about the consequences of continuing the fight. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb enriched with uranium, coded “Little boy”, was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The project was coded ‘Trinity’ when the first and only testing of ‘Little boy’ was on July 16th, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Gothic and modern themes prevail in “Barn Burning.” In Abner Faulkner displays grotesque characteristics such as an unhealthy desire to burn and a physical handicap from the war. Abner also personifies loss of traditional values in the South during the early 1900s, which ties to modernism. Faulkner used his writing to comment on the new era, and it is obvious that he was not fond of it. Additionally, Faulkner’s sentences stretch for paragraphs at a time, jumping from one topic to another. These sentences often illustrate a character’s every thought.
This memoir, however, hides a greater lesson that can only be revealed through careful analyzation. To develop the theme of denial and its consequences, Wiesel uses juxtaposition and characterization. Wiesel uses juxtaposition to develop the theme of indifference and its consequences. Near the beginning of the memoir, Elie’s family is packing for their deportation to Aushwitz. There is absolute chaos, as Wiesel writes, “Bibles and other ritual objects were strewn over the dusty ground” (15).
They can rewind back to the war in 1945, to the demolition of the city and the remnants of its impact; burnt chimneys, buildings reduced to rubble and the gloomy grey curtain that veils the city in all its defeat. Its people are grief-stricken, dependant on shelters and food donations. The desperation is to be felt by people of all ages- children are left abandoned and there is little evidence of the tram lines and bus routes that frequented its once bustling centre. The past remains somewhat consistent in their encounters with Berlin throughout. They are forever reminded by their surroundings of the historical events which took place, although easily temporarily deleted from the memories of people.
In the story Night, a memoir about the narrator Elie Wiesel states, “ What are you, my God?” (Wiesel 66). The insufferable concentration camps made the narrator think twice about his beliefs. Two relatable themes that connects to inhumanity in the memoir is the way that silence altered Elie in the concentration camps and the words and sighting that scarred Elies forever. A theme in Night is the way that silence altered Elie in the concentration camps. For example, in one of Night’s most memorable passages, Elie mentions, “Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live” (Wiesel 34).
Dead tree trunks rise from the muddy ground and clouds of smoke obscure the view of the background. The searchlights piercing through the murky clouds give off a sense of lostness, but may also signify that among the barren wasteland, there is still a sign of humanity and hope. This painting exceptionally illustrates how the war changed beautiful, innocent meadows and fields into grotesque and frightening wastelands. Paths of Glory by C.R.W. Nevinson carries an ironic title.