Not only is there certain words and phrases included in the story that depict death, the title does as well. “The Dead” sets the mood right from the beginning. The title previews that type of poem we are going to encounter, and it is an exemplary way of summarizing the story broadly. The reader can infer in the beginning that it has something to associate with death. Additionally, there is certain types of symbolism
Opening Paragraph: By showing death has a human-like nature, Mark Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, exemplifies that death does, in fact, have a soul death feels for the people that he has to take to the afterlife. With World War II occurring in Europe, death tells the story of a life of a particular young girl who piques his interests in the midst of a chaotic time in history. Zusak shows author's style by using personification, symbolism, and foreshadowing of death in The Book Thief.
Lynching was a public thing back then and people would come their to enjoy it, they found it pleasurable. Abel wanted people to see that lynchings are not okay, and we should stop doing them. The readers response he/she might give is “That was actually a good poem.” The poem is very well written and stated. Is depicts Lynching perfectly in the poem.
He uses the metaphor “as still as if he would return to stone”. The audience knows the toad went to go lie down to die. Knowing the author was in war, the toad could be a soldier who got injured. In the third line of the second stanza the word “gutter” is used. The audience can predict the “gutter” could be a trench used in the war.
A friend of Aaron Burr showed him the newspaper which provided proof of Hamilton’s insults – Burr became infuriated and challenged Hamilton to a duel. In the beginning of “The World Was Wide Enough” Aaron is anticipating his duel with Alexander Hamilton. He tells that there are ten things that we need to know. He explains the whole process from rowing across the river at dawn to Hamilton showing up with his men. Number Two tells us that Hamilton brought a doctor.
He was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital after experiencing heavy fighting, and there he met Siegfried Sassoon, who already had established himself in the writing world and shared views with Owen. The other poet agreed to look over his work, and after Owen’s death in 1918, Sassoon edited and published Owen’s poems, including the famous Dulce et Decorum Est. Siegfried Sassoon was an English poet, writer, and soldier. He was one of the first poets to write about the first World War and is best remembered for his passionate poems of this war. He wrote about the true horrors of war, often carping about and chastising people such as generals, politicians, and churchmen who blindly supported the war and ignored the brutalities that people would face.
Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar considers the subject of death from the viewpoint of someone experiencing it themselves, and expressing that they hope those close to them can feel the sense of closure that they do. In Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night tackles the same subject from the viewpoint of someone watching their father die, and asking him to fight against death. The authors different viewpoints and opinions on the subject of death allow them to use similar literary elements in opposite ways. Tennyson uses figurative language in the form of darkness and night to depict the coming of death. “Twilight and evening bell /
Wilfred Owen, born 1893 in the UK, was a poet of World War 1. Owen hated the existence of war, but enlisted in 1915, leading him to write in great detail about the reality of the battlefield. After writing many poems, Owen died in 1918, two weeks before the end of World War 1. One of those poems was Dulce et Decorum Est, describing in great detail the sickening effects of a gas attack on soldiers. The title is taken from a quote from Horace Odes ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’, meaning ‘it is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country’.
Therefore, there is a link to ideas about ‘anti-war feeling’ throughout his poems. Wilfred Owen expresses his anti-war feeling through the literary techniques; simile, personification, metaphor, and alliteration. To fully express his anti-war feeling about the reality of war, Owen uses simile in his Famous poem, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’. In the opening lines, we can realize how the dead soldiers have been treated, ‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?’ The ‘passing bell’ is tolling during the funeral to announce that a soul has left the dead body.
This can help support his point of how war is not something to be glorified of. The language in The Soldier is more simple while there is more complexity in Dulce et decorum est. However, both poem is in an informal register. In The Soldier, it feels like the anonymous soldier is talking directly to the audience and it is as though he is reassuring the reader just in case they are grieving for his death.
A closer analyzation of Ambrose Bierce’s most famous work, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” shows that the pain of death, although inevitable and extremely keen at its onset, fades as the consciousness loses track of time and reality. In describing the death of Peyton Farquhar, Bierce uses a third person omniscient narrator to describe the pangs and sensations of death through synesthesia. As we read through the passage, we are able to feel Farquhar’s pain “shoot from his neck down through every fiber of his body and limbs” because it is described in a way that triggers our sense of touch. We become aware of the burning sensation felt throughout his body, imagining the “streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature”
Throughout the history of the world, people have displayed hatred towards each other by fighting many wars. Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, gave a speech at Buchenwald to the President, Chancellor, and people of Germany. Throughout the speech, he establishes that people should learn from past experiences that war, hatred, and racism are meaningless. He accomplishes this belief by using pathos to connect to people’s feelings and emotions. By using pathos, Wiesel develops the central idea of the speech that everyone should change for the better future by accepting wars, hatred, and racism as “not an option.”