Throughout the ages, wars have wreaked havoc and caused great destruction that lead to the loss of millions of lives. However, wars also have an immensely destructive effect on the individual soldier. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, one is able to see exactly to what extent soldiers suffered during World War 1 as well as the effect that war had on them. In this essay I will explain the effect that war has on young soldiers by referring to the loss of innocence of young soldiers, the disillusionment of the soldiers and the debasement of soldiers to animalistic men.
Undoubtedly , WW1 was the first utmost military conflict in the modern times that has evoked variety of literary responses which reflect the sociopolitical and psychological background of that time and are considered as vital part of the historical and cultural memory of WW1 . War poetry has provided us with variety of images of the war and the battlefield by men who have experienced the reality of war face-to-face. On the other hand, women knew from the beginning that the war was going to be a great tragedy not only for men who were enlisted in the army , but also for women on the homefront who battled against the fear and horror aroused by WW1 . Women 's voices of agony, anger and anguish have emerged from the shadows of marginalization during WW1 to express their anti-war attitude. Women 's poetry of WW1 mirrors the 'new ' roles that women took during WW1 and shows the connection between men in the battlefield and
Throughout history, literature has provided individual’s the opportunity to express profound, innate ideologies. Each country has a unique culture and those who belong to the land are born into an identity comprised of the nations practices, beliefs and values operating within a timeframe. Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet has said, “poetry can be dangerous, because it gives the illusion of having the experience without actually going through it.” Renowned Poets, Wilfred Owen and Bruce Dawe have explored the devastating concept of war throughout their works. Both poet’s work was heavily influenced and ultimately created as a result of their personal and cultural surroundings.
D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells inserts the reader profoundly into the time period that the world was at war in their book America and The Great War: 1914-1920. They take the reader through eyes of the Americans on how they looked at Europe engaging in their confrontations and through the eyes of the American soldiers who were prompted to learn how to fight after years of living their lives of normalcy.
World War One was a war unlike any other before or after; as time went on, countries from all around the world were dragged into European affairs, which led to powers exhausting resources to the fullest extent. Total War required all members of society to contribute and take on jobs of much significance that had lasting effects on culture. Throughout World War One both soldiers and civilians endured similar sufferings; however, the roles of each were significantly different from one another and they were affected by the war in various ways.
The First World War, named at its conclusion ‘the War to End All Wars’, is widely considered to be one of the most savage displays of physical violence of its time. The statistics for single battles such as the Battle of the Somme show that in one day alone, 15,000 British soldiers were killed, with one person dying every five seconds. The cruelty of this war has been a source of inspiration for many, with countless poets, playwrights and novelists attempting to capture and convey its brutality, two of the most successful being R.C. Sherriff and Sebastian Faulks. The former, writer of the play ‘Journey’s End’, draws on personal experiences in order to give the audience a snapshot of the war, whilst the latter writes entirely from research and
In George Browne’s “An American Soldier in World War I,” the collection of letters written by Browne himself pertaining to the events happening during the First World War as he experienced it shows the struggles, challenges, and inward and outward battles that soldiers faced in the wake of the war. The letters revolve around Browne’s relationship with his fiancé Martha. In 1918, Browne was assigned to a tension-torn region in Saint-Mihiel where he became a part of a troop that was designated to operate as an offense and defense. These letters provide a real glimpse of how reality was for the soldiers fighting during the First World War, and it depicts the countless moments of distress through which many soldiers suffered from. There transparency of Browne’s letters is one of the factors of the book that really engages the readers, and arguably impels them to dig deeper into the history of the First World War.
Over two and a half million civilians were evacuated for their safety during The Second World War (The Evacuation). Children were being evacuated, and families were separated because of the violence in the war. The fighting began in 1939, and it lasted until 1945. The two sides in the conflict were the Axis powers with Germany, Italy, and Japan and the Allied forces with Britain, China, the Soviet Union, and the United States. World War II affected not only soldiers but also the commoners. The war increased women’s work, caused children to evacuate, and affected British soldiers’ families.
Although this went on throughout most of the colonial period, there was no immediate need for change. That is up to the protest over the Stamp Act began. In her book, Berkin describes their first political act was to say “No” by participating in boycotts to protest British policies (p. 13). During this period, numerous women decided to refuse the purchase and use British tea and textiles in order to repeal against the Stamp Act, which required that all government issued stamps be placed on all legal documents (p.13) Doing this would impose direct taxation on of the growing poor colonial society. Women of all backgrounds came together as they were major consumers. Within a short period of time, the Stamp Act was repealed. Although this wasn’t
World War II was a period of time when life was depressing and difficult. Throughout this depression, people would come together and form a uniformity to surpass the negative emotions the war has caused.John Knowles, the author of A Separate Peace has revealed feelings of the war by showing different situations of the war through the use of diction, selection of details, and imagery.
The First World War was a lengthy and brutal affair that claimed the lives of over 17 million individuals. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, its effects were equally as ferocious on the intellectual front, where it marked a turning point in the clash of European intellectual values. Philosophers such as Nietzsche had already challenged established institutions of Positivistic thinking toward knowledge and progress; however, his movement lacked widespread support. It was the disaster of WWI that accelerated their movement by inspiring culture-wide undermining of prior intellectual beliefs through newfound uncertainty: authors such as Erich Remarque and Vera Brittain drew upon sudden doubt underscored by the war to completely reverse prior thinking by breaking down pre-war notions of intellectual
During World War I, nurses were recruited from both those already in the nursing profession as well as civilian workers and served as an essential part of the Imperial Forces. Many women volunteered to join the VAD 's (Voluntary Aid Detachment), ANC (Army Nurse Corps), and FANY 's (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry). War service was hard, uncomfortable and often tragic. Overseas the nurses faced severe weather and shortages of basic resources, long hours at work and little time for breaks. These women proved their ability to undergo physical hardships equal to those endured by fighting men and withstand the pressures of combat situations. Even where women did not live in close proximity to the battlefront, military and government establishments
People live experiences every day at different levels. They wake up, go to school, work or do any “routine” that they have, living a large amount of actions through the day, but some days became particularly different; you can be in a car accident, graduate from school, find out that your mother died, fight in war, or travel to exotic places. Those experiences stay with you and every person expresses the emotions of those experiences in different ways, some of them take pictures, paint or write. World War I left a massive amount of individuals with a traumatic suffer and a significant number of them decided to share it on paper. All quiet on the western front shows plenty of aspects around the war, one of them introduces us the idea of the lost generation and how they do not choose to be there, but they need to for their fatherland similar to the poem Here dead we lie by A. E. Housman.
World War I completely destroyed the lives of many people. Men who just got out of high school got tricked into going into the military and fighting for their country. The fear of being killed in battle lingered in the hearts of many soldiers, young men dying from different diseases and horrible living conditions, and dealing with the loss of their mates in the army. War completely changed their view on life altogether as they sought different ways to survive. Mentally and physically they were drained, from the exhausting training they were ordered to do early in the morning, to feeling intense emotions of fear, loneliness, and sorrow. The worst part of the war was that they had no choice but to fight and find a way to stay sane throughout all the destruction occurring around them.
World war 1:we are talking about war in which died 17 million people including solders. World war 1 began on july 28, 1814. When Austria-Hungary decleared war on Serbia. This little war attracted Germany, Russia, Great Britain and France. The world war 1 ended in 11 november 1918.