Throughout the story Kurt Vonnegut portray his anti-war sentiment through symbols, tragic events and characters. He conveys his belief the most with the main character Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim has post traumatic stress disorder, that is caused by the war. Therefore, showing negative consequences that come from war. Kurt Vonnegut also uses the bombing of dresden as to strengthen his anti-war novel.
The Brutal Reality vs the Virtue Gained The poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen gives insight into how a soldier is beaten to the state of exhaustion in war which defeats the perception of how society has seen war as lighthearted for generations. The poem “Epitaph on a Soldier” by Cyril Tourneur depicts a soldier at a time of death, defeating the common thought of how death is seen as a negative thing and portrays the soldier as he is ready to die, welcoming his death. The critical and bitter tone in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” conveys the brutality of war to emphasize the disillusioned way society perceives war; whereas, the admiring and comforting tone in “Epitaph on a Soldier” conveys the contentment of an honorable death. The informal diction in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” helps to convey a more realistic and raw depiction of war to express a critical tone whereas the formal diction in “Epitaph on a Soldier” helps convey the reassurance that a soldier’s life is complete. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” specific diction like “drunk” is used to emphasize the brutality of war and the toll it takes on the soldier.
In “ The Red Badge of Courage ” by Stephen Crane, symbolism is frequently used as a demonstration for the main character’s credulity, his instinctive perspective of war as well as the barbarity of the battlefield . Through this masterpiece, Stephen Crane wants to remind us all that people at times have immature feelings and trivial desires even though they may end up in tragedy. However, such fascination is nothing but a gullible thought of the adolescent. In this story, the main character- Henry is a boy who is overwhelmed by the eminence of war and the acknowledgement enlisting the army. Therefore, he conscripts himself for military service.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 6, Dylan Thomas’ Do not go gentle into that good night, and Stevie Smith’s Not Waving but Drowning are examples of poetry that revolve around the theme of death and mortality. These poems show that the bystander holds the dying person responsible to fight against death in order to avoid it. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 6 and Thomas’ Do not Go Gentle Into That Good Night advises the dying subjects to fight and overcome death. The narrator’s holds the youth responsible to the world in the Sonnet 6 for immortalizing his beauty. Similarly, the speaker in Thomas’ poem encourages his father to fight death by asking him to not accept death easily and wish for more from life.
The poems “ Dulce et Decorum Est” By Wilfred Owen and “Who’s for the Game” By Jessie Pope, were both written during World War I but both poems transmit a different opinion on the war. In Wilfred’s poem, the poem is named after the Roman poet Horace, meaning “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country” Wilfred goes again this meaning when talking about the war in his poem. Wilfred thinks of war as dreadful the worst thing ever, almost like as if it 's not worth dying for your country since you’re losing so much. In Jessie Pope’s poems, she describes war as being great and wanting the soldiers that are involved in the war not to be cowards and sacrifice themselves for their country. These two poems convey two different messages, and different mood and tones.
By manipulating the war setting and language of the novel Heller is able to depict society as dark and twisted. Heller demonstrates his thoughts of society through the depicted war. In the novel, the loss of personal identity in the soldiers lives. Furthermore, The idea is that supports how much value is placed upon a human life and shows the evils and cruelty of war is related The Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell, in which a soldier who spends his entire life in war only to die the same position he came into the war “fetal” state; just to be disregarded and buried in a whole. This can be compared to the metaphor used in chapter five of Catch 22.
The poem ‘’Disabled’’ is an emotional reflection on the experiences of a veteran solider. The poet explores the effects of war on those who live through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past hopes, accomplishments and lifestyle. The poem effectively contrasts the current life of the solider to his past and is written as a personal statement on war and its effect on people. The purpose of the poem it to promote understanding and appreciation of veterans. As a solider himself, the poet attempts to sympathize with the speaker and relates to his disability and possibly that of others who fought in wars too.
War Photographer Comparison In War Photographer, the poet portrays that conflict is severe and explores the disastrous effects of it. This is implied through metaphors especially when it describes seeing a man ‘a half-formed ghost’. Remains similarly explores the idea of conflict but shows its lasting effect through similar techniques like repetition as when the poet repeats ‘dozen rounds.’ In War Photographer, Duffy uses a range of techniques to explore the idea of conflict and its evil nature. As said before, metaphors are used like ‘half formed ghost’ to portray the photograph that he took was of a dying man and to get the reader to understand the severity of war and the lives cost in it. The overall point of this poem is to convey the cruelty of war and what it accomplishes.
"Disabled" by Wilfred Owen is a poetic analysis of war that exposes the struggles of adjusting to civilian life. A deeper analysis of "Disabled" reveals the irony of war; a soldier's fight for his country's freedom which results in the sacrifice of his mental and physical freedom. The soldiers and their families suffer from the scars and traumatic events of the war daily, while those that benefit can remain in oblivion of their suffering. Owen’s "Disabled" gives the readers an intimate poem detailing the tragic loss of humanity that a soldier suffers. Because of the war, the soldier has been reduced in mind and body.
How do poets evoke pity in 'Disabled ' and 'Refugee blues '? In this essay, I will be writing about how the theme pity is shown in both poems 'Disabled ' written by Wilfred Owen in 1917 and 'Refugee Blues ' written by W.H. Auden in 1939. A vast amount of similar techniques has been used to evoke pity and I will be analyzing them in detail. In 'Disabled", Owen explores the veritable effects of war on those who live through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past life which was before the war.