Literary Analysis Of Shelley's 'Mother In A Refugee Camp'

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Similar to Browning’s Duke, Shelley presents the excessive pride of the Egyptian Pharaoh “Ozymandias”. However, in this instance, its purpose is to stares hubris by depicting its futility and nemesis. Moreover, much like in Browning’s “My Last Duchess”, Shelley explores the power of art and the artist to present the truth. >Mother in a refugee camp: Unlike Shelley’s “Ozymandias”, Achebe implies that real-life situations can be more powerful than the representations of idealising art. Thus, he implies that the arts, like his poetry have a duty to show the reality, rather than a beautified representation.Firstly, Through the title “A Mother in a Refugee Camp”, Achebe reveals the extent of human suffering, presenting the poem’s duty to show the reality of victims of war. The antithetical juxtaposition of “Mother”, which creates the sense of belonging, and the alienation suggested in the idea of “a Refugee Camp”, is indicative of the aura of loss presented throughout the poem. This idea is emphasised through the use of the indefinite article which suggests the fact that she is merely one of many whom have been destroyed by the power of war, a statistic. We are abruptly shaken from an image of tenderness and lead to a juxtaposed graphic, terrible…show more content…
lity of the camp through the ellipses present in the phrase “She soon would have to forget…” The use of the olfactory imagery of “diarrhoea” and “unwashed children with washed-out ribs” vividly conveys the

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