War is a harsh reality that is inflicted upon the unwilling through the “need” of it’s predecessors and those whom wish it. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about 19 year old Paul and his friends in the “Second Company”. Even though they are just out of school age, they have already seen things that many could not bear to even think about. Eventually, all of his friends die, and even Paul too, dies. Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson.
Byron was an English poet and leading figure of Romanticism. "She Walks in Beauty" is a short lyrical poem written in 1813 by Lord Byron and is one of his most famous works. It is said that hid works had been inspired by an event in Byron 's life. Byron’s influences are shown in the volumes Poe wrote. Many volumes that he wrote were also based on his live and the events he went through.
On the Rainy River Analysis One of the most compelling books I’ve read is The Things They Carried. This book is filled with many short stories of the Vietnam war. The Author tells the story from the perspective of the soldiers. This books shows us the sacrifice these men had to give for are freedom. The Things They Carried has many great stories by Tim O’brien, but On The Rainy River was my favorite and seemed to follow the psychological literary lens.
Later on in life, Poe had served in the military and at that point he started writing poems. After Poe was honorably discharged from the military, he married his 12 year old cousin who died shortly of tuberculosis. These events heavily contributed to his writing style by giving events to base stories as well as a viewpoint on the world. Overall, Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted and ominous writing style focuses on using physical imagery and connotative syntax to show imagery. Through Poe’s short stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe visual and metaphorical imagery to illustrate the theme of revenge and death.
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickerson are American poets, who wrote their poetry during the civil war. Whitman writings began when he was eleven years old; however, his poetry was different from others he addressed all “the facts of the animal economy, sex, nutriment, gestation, and birth” (1005). Furthermore, Whitman was an American democrat, former teacher, editor, community activist and journalists. His poems have been published in many papers and books. Whitman wrote on behalf of wounded soldiers, and America as a nation.
It was his way of coping…” (218) Readers sympathize with and pity Lavender, “who was scared,” who couldn't quite handle the stress of war and resorted to taking tranquilizers—before being killed in the very first chapter. At first glance, readers are restricted to the blinders of our narrator’s perspective. Each soldier had to face his fear of war, and
The extreme sadness faced by Remarque, inspired him to communicate to readers the strong brother-like bond between comrades, and the empty, hopeless feelings which accompany a death of a comrade which soldiers are supposed to simply except rather than grieve. Finally, the intentional actions of Remarque when composing the conclusion to his novel strongly portray his overall goal of communicating to his audience, that there are no true survivors of an atrocities such as World War 1, the severe psychological impacts on every soldier, including himself, are crushing and the weight of war was too much to bare by a young
Challenges at War Robert E. Lee once said, “What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors”. The novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien takes place in Vietnam. He and a handful of other men experience things only one can image and hope they will never have to experience again. They learn how death among them can greatly affect them, and many others. War is not an easy task to get through and these men all had different coping methods.
In the end his daydreams were not enough to save him, “His body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side” (840). This is the climax of where Bierce displays his beliefs of hatred towards war and fighting, since the “soldier-at-heart” is hung. He is not able to escape, like fairytales, because wars are real and people die, it is not a great adventure that people like to believe. Bierce resents war and hints to this undertone throughout An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, masking it with figurative language. Bierce subtly hints throughout the story about the folly of war and its destructions rather than its ability to solve disputes.
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. However, later in the song he sings about destruction, blood, and death.
Erin Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front shocked and surprised people when it first came out because of it’s raw and universal portrayal of a soldier on the western front. On Paul’s leave during the war his experience going back was less than pleasant. Being surrounded by civilians who are oblivious to the things Paul had to face when fighting in the war. When Paul talked to his ailing mother, the only one he connected with on his leave, he lies to her and does not explain the horror he faced during his tenure on the front lines. In his mind he thinks that she will never understand what he faced and that the only ones who do understand are in his troop or even with the other soldiers on the opposing side.
No matter who you where in the war, everybody walked away with guilt. Jimmy Cross will never forgive himself over the death of Ted Lavender. “He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead” (pg 7) Cross has to live with the fact that his distraction over Martha caused Lavender to die and as commanding officer he had responsibility over him. O’Brien feels the blame over the death of “a short, slender young man of about twenty” (pg 129) With the pain of killing this young man keeps O’Brien “writing war stories” (pg 129). With this remorse he feels the writing of the stories gives the man a history and a wife.
The sequences of war are substantially portrayed by David Malouf within his novel Fly Away Peter. Through the use of various literary techniques and conventions, Malouf explores and incorporates the idea of peace before war, obligations and events at war, death, and the aftermath of war. The text is written in 1914, a timeless era on the Queensland coast. This was at the time of the first outbreak of World War 1, when most young men felt obligations to defend their nation in a foreign country. In the case of the protagonist, Jim Saddler, the trenches of the Armentières is where he fought for his nation in this tale of companionship and continuity.
And would meet a fellow writer and his best friend C.S. Lewis (the writer known for writing the Narnia series) soon after. He lived a hard but imaginative life. Writing many books and poems. Joining the military and leaving with the rank of Lieutenant.
“Poured it down shell holes till the veins ran dry” is an analogy of how his loss of blood and limb was sacrificed for his country. “Half his lifetime lapsed”, is a representation that he no longer is a young man but will be treated as an old one due to his disability. It then reflects back on why he joined the military was to impress but in the end it resulted him without a leg and no one praising him. In the end, he questions the rules and feels more pity. This poem is a lot more indirectly unconventional as it talks explicitly about the consequences of war but during the reasoning of why this guy joined is something that very influential.