From Africa to England, Equiano experienced and observed many different treatment forms. The treatment differed due to a variety of customs and cultures. Olaudah Equiano started slavery in Africa, his homeplace. His experience here was one for the better. In Africa, it was skeptical to hangout in the neighborhoods due to slave kidnappers.
In an ever-changing world, never has a war been so innovatively brutal as the First World War. One can speak of dehumanization, animalization and desensitization, evoking images of pain, terror and deadening. In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque melancholically, yet beautifully, depicts the absolute horrors of war and the way this gruesomeness affected the common soldier, analyzing both the psychological and the physical aspects, and assessing the ultimate ramification on its often-innocent victims. Through means of his pivotal narrator Paul Baümer, how effective was Remarque’s novel as a critique and debunking of World War I actually? The most obvious predominant theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is of course the incessant brutality of modern warfare, which the reader can experience in every single chapter.
War photography has the power to imprint a strong image in the reader’s mind as it captures images from an unimaginable world full of violence, fear and sometimes beauty. Henri Huet, a famous war photographer known for his work in Vietnam War captured a proportionally excellent and appealing photograph during a horrendous operation to illustrate the same blurriness between ugliness and beauty. Both the novel by Tim O’Brien and the photograph by Henri Huet elucidate that besides war’s savage environment, there are also scenes in the nature’s beauty that appeal to eye and look “beautiful” The photograph named “Vietnam War Paratroopers Rain” by Henri Huet captures a platoon of soldiers who are carrying their weapons above their heads as they are crossing a river during a rainy weather. The rain adds a blurry effect to the photograph that helps to create the illusion of beauty. Misled by the illusion, the viewer’s attention
Industry revolutionized warfare giving birth to machine guns, poison gas, and tanks. This weaponry increased mortality rates but only added to the gruesomeness of deaths. Meanwhile, countries upheld the war with patriotism, nationalism, and a sense of duty; poets spoke out about the truth of warfare and the true horror of battle. War poets reveal the suffering everyday soldiers endured on the battlefield. They depict a bleak, realistic picture that the outside world that did not have firsthand experience of the war would not otherwise have experienced.
When war was announced to the public, in 1914, young men across the country of England were eager to experience the exaltation associated with fighting for their beloved country. This devotion for their country is passionately echoed in the poem “The Soldier”, written by Rupert Brooke. As the battles continued, the true-colours of war unravelled for the soldiers, and the atmosphere portrayed in the war poetry changed drastically. This heinous exposure brought upon the soldiers was conveyed in the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, written by Wilfred Owen. Owen wrote the poem during the time he spent in the trenches.
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.
Owen through his poetry was able to captivate his reader and create visual imagery to heighten the messages he wanted to convey, allowing us comprehend and understand the true horrors occurring on the front. Wilfred Owens ‘Anthem for Doomed youth’, and ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, are both anti-war poems, conveying similar messages about how ridiculous and meaningless war is, only bringing suffering and anguish to those involved. With direct experiences in the war himself, and first-hand contact with the traumas and horrific violence, Owen felt a sense of duty to inform people of the bloodshed and terrible conditions hidden by propaganda and lies. This is why he states, “Above all, I am not concerned with poetry”, because he believes the truths of war are more important than art, whilst he still is using his poetry to express his feelings, it is not the art of poetry which is his concern but the effectiveness of
Human suffering is a popular theme for poets and writers, there are many examples of human suffering in the world, such as famine, political and religious conflict. “Disabled” and “Refugee Blues” reflect human suffering as they are both set during World War 1 and World War 2. The writer of “Disabled”, Wilfred Owen, is arguably the greatest war poet in the world as he wanted to advocate the truth about the horrors of war. Owen met Siegfried Sassoon, another important war poet, during his stay at Craiglockhart War Hospital. They inspired each other and eventually they produced many poems that showed the reality of war.
Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen—who all fought in the trenches and, in the last two cases, died there—remained tied to the conventions of the nineteenth century while trying to convey the unprecedented horror of industrial warfare, a condition of existence so murderous and absurd that a romantic or heroic attitude became impossible. The essence of modern understanding is irony, Fussell argued, and it was born on the Western Front. Fussell wasn’t wrong about the Great War, but, in his insistence on its newness, he underestimated the staying power of military myths for each generation. Fussell cited a newspaper story about a London man who killed himself out of concern that he might not be accepted for service in the Great War, and noted, “How can we forbear condescending to the eager lines at the recruiting stations or smiling at
Wilfred Owen who was born in 1893 is still named as one of the leading British poets of war poetry about World War I in the English literature. Throughout his poetries, he vividly captures the reality of war and chaos inside of the soldiers. Before the war, Owen was a language tutor in France, but he served in an army because he felt pressured by the government’s propaganda. Nevertheless, when he actually got into the army, he disillusioned and realized both pity and horror of war. From his dreadful experience, the anti-war feeling strongly created in his mind.