Analyse how the artwork in Plate 1 represents and documents cultural histories.
Through the cultural frame art may be thought to be about giving insight on how an artwork is influenced by the values of the society it is produced in, and, in turn, how the artwork influences the values of the society. Plate 1, Corpse in Barbed Wire (Flanders) is a German Expressionist etching by Otto Dix, German Expressionism is the when an artist depicts subjective emotions and responses to objects and events, rather than objective reality. In Plate 1 Dix uses colour and tone to depict his inner emotions and express the devastating effects on society during World War I. Ultimately, Plate 1 represents and documents cultural histories by giving first hand insight …show more content…
He focuses on strong contrast in colour and tone to express the overwhelming and eerie mood. The work is entirely black & white and monochrome which gives a solemn and intimidating effect, the black represents death and the unknown. Dix also etched out large white spaces to show the remains of the deceased and decaying flesh. Their is intense juxtaposition between the skull and the hollow space where the eyes should be. This represents not only death in general but also that the soldiers identity was unknown. This relates back to the cultural histories of the time as the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier was created in memory of the soldiers which fought in World War One and who’s bodies were not found or identified. The hollowness also represents that their was an abundance of people just like that, people who put in all their effort to fight for their country and who’s lives were ended in the process. Their is also a vivid juxtaposition between the barbed wire (flanders) and the white in the background. The flanders represent a scene of prolonged fighting, and the white represents purity and a life outside war, therefore together it symbolises that their is hope that the war will end, and once it does they can return home. The black on the right hand side of the work can also represent fear spreading through the trenches or could symbolise the …show more content…
It gives the viewer first hand knowledge into what it feels like to be surrounded by such horrific and agonising circumstances, such as those in World War I. It uses monochrome colour to represent death and fear, also the use of varied tone highlighted different areas which symbolise hope and a life beyond war, as well as strong shadows which were used to give a negative effect and symbolise the inhumanity behind war. The plate also relates back to cultural histories with ideas representing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an abstracted idea of what the soldiers in World War I went
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Within the illustration you can see two different ages represented. An old man, portrayed with glasses and walking frame, and the fallen soldiers forever young in the prime of was once their lives. The cartoon represents these soldiers, still marching alongside their veteran mate and comrade represented in the centre of the illustration. The illustration clearly represents two separate viewpoints. In the mind of the veteran, he is surrounded by his friends whose spirit lives on in him, whilst the media only see him walking by himself.
In The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin employs rhetorical devices in order to elucidate, the gross cost of the Vietnam Conflict in U.S. lives. The minimalist design used in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial emphasizes the overwhelming amount of human lives lost. On the Wall, a small diamond is depicted next to the names of people confirmed dead, if a person is MIA(Missing in Action) they get a small cross next to their name. The cross can easily be carved into a diamond if the person is confirmed dead ,or turned into a circle, a symbol of life, if they are found alive.
First, the black and white picture makes an appeal to emotion. The monochromatic colors help to evoke a nostalgic and sentimental feeling while also giving it a sense of timelessness. That probably explains why this photo still persists in people’s memories after so many passing years. Furthermore, the placement of the soldiers and flag in the middle create a central focal point for the viewers. The eyes are following the straight pole of the flag downward into the ground and from there the rubble surrounding the scene become much more noticeable while also indicating the devastation of the battle.
Before World War I, all of Europe in 1914, was tense and like a bomb or a fire was waiting to erupt. Europe had not seen a major war in years, but due to Militarism, Imperialism, Alliances, and Nationalism tensions grew high. Each country was competing to be the best by gaining more territory and growing in their military size and successful economies. World War 1 was waiting to happen and the assassination of the Archduke was the spark that lit Europe up. In All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque we see the effects of the assassination.
In war, there is no clarity, no sense of definite, everything swirls and mixes together. In Tim O’Brien’s novel named “The Things They Carried”, the author blurs the lines between the concepts like ugliness and beauty to show how the war has the potential to blend even the most contrary concepts into one another. “How to Tell a True War Story” is a chapter where the reader encounters one of the most horrible images and the beautiful descriptions of the nature at the same time. This juxtaposition helps to heighten the blurry lines between concepts during war. 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.
Her style uses imagery to convey the deeper message that preserving corpses should be a more questioned subject. For instance, each corpse is “sprayed, sliced, pierced, pickled, trussed, trimmed, creamed, waxed, painted, rouged, and neatly dressed” (310). The imagery only gets darker from there. Mitford chose to do this in order for her readers to be shocked. She wants her readers to pay notice to the reality but uses disturbing words and phrases that would only make them stop reading.
The soldier himself is frightened on why he could not save him which haunts him in his dreams as he says “In all my dreams/ before my helpless sight” is how every time he dreams he sees the soldier and he cannot control it causing him to think of it every night frightening him everyday. Soon he will feel that the dead person wants revenge for his death as the soldier states “he plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning”, The dead soldier always comes into the narrator's dream wanting revenge as he chokes him as how he was being choked by the gas clouds and then drowning as how the dead soldier drowned in the green sea of chlorine gas. The horrors of war is what scares the soldier even after the war. At first soldiers imagine themselves as heroes creating them eager and excited they are until they finally get to the front and see no man's land. No man's land is usually bumpy with shell holes and dead trees that are either broken or burnt.
In the book Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers tells the story of soldiers who struggles with a problem involving what is right and wrong in war. Fallen Angels set in Vietnam during the Vietnam war, the story introduces the main character Perry, who faces obstacles, including death and killing. The author’s use of literary devices, specifically imagery, irony, and metaphors convey the theme warfare often forces soldiers to reconsider their traditional notions of right and wrong. The author employs imagery to express the theme that warfare often forces soldiers to reconsider their traditional notions of right and wrong.
Kollwitz’ has crafted various works characterized by war and death. Kollwitz’ artwork teaches feelings of remorse, shock, guilt, and passion through expressing the hardships of losing a child to the war and being associated with the working class during the war. Kathe Kollwitz, a German artist, was an inspiration to many. Kollwitz’ career began when she was a young
There is a combination of colour and black and white images which feature rapidly throughout the film (Hersey, 2002). The colour images which represent a perfectly normal and happier environment rapidly move to black and white, which is usually associated to threating events, highlighting the bleakness of the expected outcome of the scene (lburgess3, 2013 and Natural Born Killers, 1994). There is animalistic reference with the rattle snake symbolising poison and death and the wolf symbolising the hunt for prey, both symbolising the outcomes of the subjects within the scene. There is also a man holding a newspaper with the headline “666 Death” before he dissolves away from the scene and for most of the scene being black and white because of the murders that are committed by Mickey and Mallory. The end of the scene is in colour with the pair celebrating their victory in dance and a projector displaying fireworks in the background
The pain that the soldier could get from guns could only last for a moment, but it also could be a pain that comes slowly, gradually and kills you with tough and suffer, which is an agony for mentally and physically, connecting to theme. “The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells” is from seventh line in first stanza. Owen also uses symbol to describe the scene of soldiers dying in the battle field by comparing with actual funeral in church with friends and families grieving his death. However, there are no beautiful calming voice choirs from the church in the battlefield to make the dead person rest in peace; no people to grieve, no funerals there. Instead, they here the sound of dull and big sound of shells attacking them.
Within the context of recent history, Wilfred Owen is often considered the greatest writer of modern British war poetry. Composing the vast majority of his poems in a one-year time span, Owen found inspiration from his personal experiences fighting in World War I and fellow poets joining in the fight around him. Born in 1893, Owen grew up the oldest of four children, enjoying a particularly close relationship with his mother while his father remained distant. Owen graduated from Shrewsbury Technical School at age eighteen. Afterwards, Owen took numerous odd jobs throughout Europe, seemingly at a loss for his purpose in life.