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.
The repetition on the letter “b” resembles the sound of an imaginary beat before the battle between Beowulf and Grendel. The day of Beowulf’s death alliteration was being used while the men were weeping over their grand loss “So should all men Rise up words for their lords warm with love, when their shield and protector leaves” (ln 889-891). The repetition in the letter “w” is used to emphasize how much Beowulf’s men worshipped him for being such an authentic ruler. Another example of alliteration is right before the fight between Beowulf and Grendel the author states “Up from his swamp land, sliding gently toward that gold-shining hall” (ln238-239).
The Great War During the 18th century, World War One took place because of the assassination of the archduke of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand. World War One, also known as the Great War, was one of the greatest wars in the United States history. With it being one of the greatest wars helped inspired a lot of poets to write about it such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Wilfred Owen, the oldest of four children born into rapid success, was born on March 18, 1893 and died November 4, 1918. Owens only published five poems about World War One in his lifetime, but he wrote some of the best British poetry (Poetryfoundation.org).
The major characters in the novel had significant impact on the mood of the movie and the way it was perceived by the audience. Gatsby, for example, was best portrayed by Robert Redford, who brought subtle intense emotion to the character. In Redford’s portrayal of Gatsby, we see how deeply he loved and missed Daisy Buchanan, even after the passage of 5 years, and, tragically, even after she decided to stay with Tom. The scene in which Daisy realizes she cannot leave Tom for Gatsby shows Redford’s depth as an actor, as he depicts a fractious yet controlled Gatsby, waiting in tense anticipation for the love of his life to tell her husband that she is leaving him- waiting for a moment that never comes. Leonardo DiCaprio, although brilliant in movies such as Titanic and The Wolf Of Wall Street, lacked the depth needed to play a character as mysterious and complex as Gatsby.
First person. For centuries the notion of war as an exciting and romantic endeavor has existed until Stephen Crane DE glorified war in his novel The Red Badge of Courage. He tells about the true nature and experience of war through a young soldier Henry Fleming and contrasts it with his romantic imagination. Crane introduces a more realistic approach to war which is in contrast to Henry’s expectations.
Though Markus Zusak has written many other good books, The Book Thief is his bestselling book for its outstandingly distinct writing, perspective, and story of love. The story starts off with an abrupt death of a young boy, which sends Liesel away to the Hubermann’s home in a state of grief. Despite her low spirits, she quickly makes friends with Rudy Steiner and learns to love her adoptive parents, Hans and Rosa. Hans develops a close and loving relationship with Liesel, who sees him as her support and guidance throughout her adolescent years.
He focused on making the readers realize all the great lives that are being killed and forgotten in the war. Sassoon tries to use simple words like “boy” and “joy” to make people feel and understand the poem. He creates the image of a normal young soldier boy. This soldier boy has many dreams and wishes and he enjoys life in general. However, his world is changed when war appears and the young soldier commits suicide in the trenches.
‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ written by Wilfred Owen. In both poems, the poet has described life in the World War One but at different stages of war. ‘Attack’ is a poem that revels the realness and harshness of war while on the other hand ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ revels the horror of war and how unfortunate it is to die in war. For the structure of ‘Attack’, the first six lines describes the vile landscape and the next six lines describes the soldiers as they go over the top. The poet draws a very clear picture of the scene and creates atmosphere while the tension builds up then shows the destruction of war.
“Beowulf” is rightfully credited as one of the most infamous literary works ever composed. Despite being composed in the Anglo-Saxon time period centuries ago, it remains an epic poem that is still prevalent in modern society. The poem narrates a great tale of heroism by the story’s protagonist, Beowulf. Beowulf’s heroic triumph the gruesome terror, Grendel, brings the Scandinavian Geats to a state of security and prosperity. The poem utilizes literary devices such as kennings and alliteration, and the five foundational epic hero qualities: hero is a descent of high position or nobility, hero possess historical or legendary importance, hero has character traits that reflect societal ideals, hero performs deeds requiring great courage and
These books properly introduce us to Homer's work because they establish a setting for the characters, which is Ithaka, as well as give us a thorough depiction of the main character through his friends and colleagues eyes. “First by far to see her was Prince Telemachus, sitting among the suitors, heart obsessed with grief. He could almost see his magnificent father, here… if only he might drop from the clouds and drive these suitors all in a rout through the halls and regain his pride of place and rule his own domains,” (Homer, I. 132-139). In this piece of text we see into Telemachus’s mind and hear him wishing for his father's return, so that he can rid his home of all of the Suitors trying to take his wife's hand in marriage. The reader can see, even early on in the Telemachy, that Telemachus has had a positive image of his father as a hero established into his mind helping the reader understand what his motivations are for finding his father and returning him to his family and his city.
Erich Maria Remarque was a man who had lived through the terrors of war, serving since he was eighteen. His first-hand experience shines through the text in his famous war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which tells the life of young Paul Bäumer as he serves during World War 1. The book was, and still is, praised to be universal. The blatant show of brutality, and the characters’ questioning of politics and their own self often reaches into the hearts of the readers, regardless of who or where they are. Brutality and images of war are abundant in this book, giving the story a feeling of reality.
The Three Sided Battle I read the enthralling novel 'The Red Badge of Courage ' by Stephan Crane. It took a few chapters to get into the book, however once I did I couldn 't put it down. The action packed novel by Stephan Crane expressed the true horrors and sacrifices of war. Which each page the feelings of a soldier were brought to life, revealing war in its true form. One way to learn about life as a soldier is to take a deeper look, behind the red, white and blue and the cheers of victory.
This was my second time reading Birdsong, and I still feel it is a amazing and emotionally involved novel. Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong tells the story of Stephen, starting in before WWI France and taking him right through the war which is a terrible period of history. I believe the writer (Sebastian Faulks) creates a moving, shocking character and stories- Stephen and his love affair, the hardships of trench life which makes me see and feel all this shocking description through the character’ eyes. At same time, this book records the great war as a hugely important reminder of the near past, of the sacrifices that were made by our very close ancestors to preserve our way of life. I learned a lot from this book and found it to be both illuminating and horrifying.
William James once said in his book “ History is a bath of blood”, “Modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors. Showing war’s irrationality and horror is of no effect on him. The horrors make the fascination. War is the strong life; it is life in Extremis; war taxes are the only ones men never hesitate to pay, as the budgets of all nations show us.” (303)