However, they are very different when it comes to the tone. Firstly, in Niemoller’s poem, “First they came…”, the tone is regretful. Niemoller regrets not speaking out against the Nazi’s. The message is to stand up for your fellow man.
In the novel 'A Soldiers Tale' by M.K Joseph, the actions and dialogue of Charlie and Harry Berry help contribute to our understanding of Saul Scourby's ideologies and themes of the novel. They help us understand Saul through his actions and reactions to them and how he views them. Charlie contributes to our understanding of Saul by acting as a constant companion and helper. He is portrayed as an innocent man throughout the novel in comparison with Saul who has been hardened by war.
Siegfried Sassoon’s “Repression of War Experience” is rises above other contemporary poems of its time because it brings to light the world of the shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of World War One and shares it with the public in a way that inspires compassion but is also damning to those who would continue for their blind praise for a war that took so many lives. Sassoon’s description of being in a convalescence home brings the reality of what he was experiencing to light for those he would accuse of being so ignorant to the reality that lurked across the English Channel. Sassoon describes the house that he is convalescing in briefly. “Books; what a jolly company they are/
It uses this effect to accentuate the “Homecoming” of the dead. Repetition is harnessed to utilise the irony and accentuate the ones who are coming back are dead, not the glorified ending that society was promised. The inditer, Dawe, utilises his perspective to present his view on the matter. His perspective is rather raw, and often the plain truth, as optically discerned in “Homecoming”, and in some stanzas in “On the Death of Ronald Ryan”. Readers may interpret his works in ways of tyranny toward the regime, society in some fashions.
O’Brien says that a true war story is something you believe with your stomach and has no moral. For O’Brien, something isn’t true unless it feels true. A true war story should leave you with a deeper emotional connection. For example, the death of Rat Kiley’s best friend is a true war story because it has no moral.
Meaning of War Tim O 'brien wants readers to understand the meaning of war. His way of explaining war is by writing fictional short stories and giving speeches. Even though his stories are fictional they still contain the thoughts and feelings of war through the eyes of a soldier. The first topic is stress.
“But the shelling is stronger than everything. It wipes out the sensibilities, I merely crawl still deeper in the coffin, it should protect me, and especially as Death himself lies in it too” (88). Remarque captures the essence of life throughout the novel, by counteracting the horrors of war with moments of peace and comradeship between soldiers. Most war novels tend to romanticize the ideas of glory and
The extreme collectivist community potrayed shows the polar opposite of egoism. Equality immediately gets set appart by his intellectual abilities leading to his substantial discoveries. Evidently his ideas are rejected and he’s shunned for his intelligence and creativity. Nevertheless, this is for the better, for it is then that he perhaps has his greatest thought: “To be free a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom.
The poem 's diction keeps emphasizing on death and the horrors of it which is intense. The era that this poem was written in influenced the tone because at that time no matter if the battle is won or lost the soldiers who sacrificed themselves should be honored no matter what, and should be acknowledged. In Mary Borden’s The Song of The Mud, the tone is sarcastic and ironic but still gruesome about war and going into the wars, the title of this poem is a great example of how ironic Mary is about war; in this title the reader would infer “song” is joyful and positive but then “mud” is negative and unpleasant.
The Glorification of Psychological Harm “Epitaph on a Soldier,” by Cyril Tourneur, an English soldier and diplomat during the 16th and 17th centuries, depicts the honorable death of a soldier during a time when war was glorious and fighting for one’s country was almost customary. Meanwhile, in “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” the 20th century poet Randall Jarrell illustrates a more bleak image of gunner’s blunt and harsh death during World War II, when war became less magnificent and much more brutal. The reassuring and honoring tone in “Epitaph on a Soldier” expresses that the triumphant experiences of war cause a young soldier to become mature so that his life is complete, while the bitter and disturbed tone in “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” communicates that a soldier’s grim time in war and subsequent death is, in reality, devoid of all glory and only mentally scars a soldier. “Epitaph on a
Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!” (l. 53-55). Tennyson seems to be praising the soldiers and applauding them for fighting even though they knew they might perish. He focuses on the glory that comes with service to one’s country, while Owen focuses on quite the opposite. He concludes “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by writing, “The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro Patria mori” which translates to “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country” (l. 27-28).
To further discuss Gatsby’s greatness, a critic must acknowledge Gatsby’s legacy through his character intent. Gatsby’s manipulation and motivation marks Jay as a despicable character. However, the narrator believes he can see past those flaws by describing Gatsby as “worth the whole damn bunch put together” (Fitzgerald 164). In reality, Jay Gatsby’s ruthlessness to achieve the American dream surpasses all other characters.
World War 1 was depicted with many contrasting perspectives. It was regarded as both a glorious and credible cause and as a barbaric battle which devastated lives and souls. This analysis will compare two poems written with completely different intentions. Who’s for the game? is written by Jessie Pope and Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen; the former patriotic, encouraging men to fight for their countries, and the latter in complete contrast, exposing the harsh brutality of war soldiers endured. Both have the same theme of war, but conflicting attitudes, language and messages cause the two to be completely different.
Throughout history, one of the most common occurrences during times of warfare is the death of the soldiers who are fighting for their country. Depending on one’s point of view, a soldier’s death at war could be honorable and glorified, or it can be a gruesome, anonymous demise. In the two poems, “Epitaph on a Solider” by Cyril Tourneur and “The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner” by Randal Jarrell, there is a stark contrast between the emotional impacts experienced by the reader. Through each author’s unique writing style, “Tourneur’s Epitaph on a Soldier” shows glory in a soldier’s death and is supportive of war, while Jarrell’s “The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner” gives a much more painful impression of war and the passing of those involved in it.
At the beginning of the war, soldiers were excited and enthusiastic about fighting and they saw the other side as non-human. However, over time, the soldiers were exposed to so much death and suffering that their views shifted to see the war as an unnecessary evil which destroyed valuable lives. As shown in multiple poems written during World War One, and in Remarque’s, All Quiet on the Western Front, through witnessing excessive suffering and death at the hands of society, people recognize their individual values over the values of their society. As the war began, soldiers were surrounded by glorifying propaganda and encouragement from society to get involved, this led to feelings of excitement and pride towards the war.