"All Quiet on the Western Front" is a war novel by Erich Maria Remarque that reveals the ways in which war is not glorious, and the ways in which destroys a soldier 's happiness, innocence, and youthfulness. In addition, it uses imagery and characterization to describe some of the hardships the soldiers face in the trenches and at the front. Likewise, "Suicide in the Trenches" is a poem by Siegfried Sassoon that glosses over these topics as well, in the form of a poem. While both Remarque 's "All Quiet on the Western Front" and Sassoon 's "Suicide in the Trenches" portray war as a destroyer of innocence and youthfulness, Remarque 's use of characterization to illustrate the theme is more effective than Sassoon 's use of imagery and word play, because it is more
The soldiers were shattered and traumatized by the death of their fellow brothers. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross blamed himself for the death of Ted Lavender. He might still blame himself until this day. Tim O'Brien mentions how Jimmy Cross lamented and wept, and he said, "He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a
Samuel Washburn Prof. Russell EN 231 2 October 2014 The Poetic Argument Between Dr. Johnathan Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Dr. Swift’s, The Lady’s Dressing Room, is an 18th century satirical poem that addresses British social issues via the lens of feminine beauty, and how that beauty is a form of artifice. The poem uses beauty as a sort of philosophical metaphor for the main character, Strephon, to confront the realistic underbelly of feminine beauty/hygiene, which is portrayed as lurid and shocking, for the purpose of personal and social vanity. The poem was labeled misogynistic at the time of its writing, and continues to be viewed as such.
The Role of Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher Art can be expressed within writing pieces, poems and short stories in various types of forms. Edgar Allen Poe uses music as a form of art to help the main character Roderick try to cope with his unstable state of mind. Roderick experiences moral dilemmas and music serves to distort his feelings unintentionally. Simiraily, the ancient greek philosopher Aristotle believed that for a balance of life one needs to encounter the bad experiences in order to feel better and move on to better times.
The aftermath of the horrifying and traumatic events of World War 1, brought a dramatic rise in of pacifist and anti-war literature, including the impactful novel All Quiet on the Western Front, composed by Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque’s personal experiences fighting in the futile battles of World War 1 drove him to portray a realistic perspective of war and serve a voice for the Lost Generation through his novel and make deliberate decisions to portray the betrayal of the older generation forcing innocent boys to engage in atrocities, the immense fear and sadness when losing a comrade, and the major physiological impacts soldiers endure, in order to influence audiences towards pacifism and away from romanticizing war. Born 1898 in Osterburg,
Diction is the style of speaking, writing, or word choice. The accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker can also be diction (“The Definition of Diction”). His tone throughout the entire piece is solemn and mournful, to reflects the losses. He also has a more quiet delivery to pay homage to the lives of the Challenger victims. For example, he begins his speech with, “Today is a day for mourning and remembering…
Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce is an essay written about the battle of chickamauga, Bierce uses imagery to show the horrors of warfare and the toll it takes on those affected by it. Employing imagery, Bierce shows the everlasting effect of war on soldiers, their families, and the people living in the war terrorized areas. He does this by explaining in disturbingly gruesome detail the condition of soldiers and the destroyed surroundings of battlefield areas. Bierce starts of his essay in a happy aspect using imagery words such as “sunny,” “heroic,” “loved,” and “happy” to better convey that people rarely know what real life war conditions are like until they are in them. Also to show that becoming a soldier is seen as a heroic act of bravery
Reflecting within itself is a very hard thing to do in the first place. It is even harder when the reflection brings up a bad memory. Reflection might be the hardest thing a person can face as it brings back the pain from past experiences. “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa uses many literary techniques to describe the man’s internal battle due to events he had seen in the Vietnam War. As Yusef examines the wall, he sees names and is reminded of his fellow comrades who lost their lives.
A Long Way Gone is an autobiographical novel that informs people about the civil war in Sierra Leone. This war caused massive destruction to the country physically and mentally. The citizens of Sierra Leone were forced to kill, starve, die, and leave their country for peace somewhere else. This novel describes the horrifying experiences a young boy, Ishmael Beah, had been through during the Sierra Leone civil war. The author used great motifs to describe the importance of war and familial love in the novel.
Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the American Dream in the novel both compares and contrasts to that of Hughes’ portrayal in the poem through the usage of the literary devices of imagery, tone, and symbolism. Through the usage of imagery, The Great Gatsby paints a bleak picture of the failure of The American Dream on a disadvantaged group, while “I Too, Sing America” portrays it as something that can be improved upon. In the novel, a stretch of desolate land created as the result of industrial waste is described as “...a valley of ashes...where ashes grow like...grotesque gardens (Fitzgerald 23)”. This powerful imagery described the valley of ashes as a wasteland and a failure of the American Dream. The
Art can be used to not only show and document the horror of war, but it can also communicate the psychological impact experienced by mans inhumane treatment to fellow man and the effect of that trauma. This essay is discussing two artworks, the first, ‘Despairing Head’ by Albert Tucker in 1942 and the second, ‘Storm Troops Advancing Under Gas’ by Otto Dix in 1924. Both artists are communicating the psychological impact war has on man, the despair, shell shocked anxiety and the private trauma of isolation. Tucker has used oil pastels on paper and Dix has produced an etching with aquatint and drypoint. Tuckers piece is overall heavy and dark with lots of black and yellowy green tones.
This just shows the pain he is in, suffering from PTSD. This adjustment becomes too much of a change for many and they are quickly diagnosed with PTSD. There is raw images from Photographer Devin Mitchell , that shows the struggle between who the veteran was during was and who the veteran
These feelings reflect a sorrow as deep as it morphs into a psychological madness, a feeling that the pain death brings has ruined one forever. After analyzing this poem I came to the conclusion that Poe 's poem “The Raven” demonstrates that the sorrow of the death of a loved one bring will stay with you forever. Poe communicated this theme through abstract language and connotation, tone and allusion. I would like to give examples of how Poe communicated this poem through the use of abstract language and connotation. An abstract phrase repeated throughout the poem is the word “Nevermore” combined with different phrases depending on the stanza.
“Ghosts” Nature makes up the entire structure of our world and has a very powerful effect when implemented into poetry. Mary Oliver does an exquisite job of diving into the topic of settling the United States and participating in the destroying of animals and humans along with their habitats in her poem “Ghosts”. This poem strongly portrays the negative effects from domesticating North America.
The sonnet “For That He Looked Not upon Her” , written by english poet George Gascoigne, tells of a story between a man and a woman, and the speaker goes into details about their relationship with each other. The speaker describes his complex relationship with the woman, and using literary devices such as a confusing and conflicting tone, and almost victim-like metaphors, describes his attracted, but yet doubtful attitude towards the woman. The confusing and conflicting tone set within the story helps describe and expand the complex attitudes of the speaker. The speaker’s use of this tone shows how he has conflicted feelings to the woman, as if he wants to chase after her, but he knows that nothing good may come out of it.