Kurt Vonnegut’s classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five is a semi-autobiographical story about the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The novel follows Billy Pilgrim, an American prisoner of war, as he travels through time experiencing events before, during, and after the bombing. The writing style is odd because the author struggled writing directly about such a tragic event with such high death tolls. Throughout the novel, Kurt Vonnegut openly bends, breaks, and ignores the conventional rules of storytelling. Kurt Vonnegut narrates the novel with no delineation between himself and Billy Pilgrim.
I implore them with my eyes: Speak to me –take me up –take me, Life of my Youth…A terrible feeling of foreignness suddenly rises up in me, I cannot find my way back” (Remarque, 272). This only compounds his alienation from civilian life, nothing was the same, he was away from the trenches, but still lay in them. All that Paul knew and loved before had become useless to him, none is needed in battle, therefore was forgotten. Remarque invokes an end for Paul in chapter 12 of the novel, he, the last soldier alive out of his troop of seven men. Germany became desperate and revolts as the war comes to an end.
The effects of romanticized wars are seen throughout Slaughterhouse Five and All Quiet on the Western Front. The false visions of war that soldiers blindly go into mentally destroy them little by little. For the women and men back home, the families, their ideas of what their loved one is going through is constantly changing with the novels and movies romanticizing war and the war heroes. Kurt Vonnegut has said before that he believes civilization was terminated in World War I and that "Much of the blame is the malarkey that artist have created to glorify war, which we all know, is nonsense, and a good deal worse that that –romantic pictures of battle, and of the dead men in uniform and all that" (Vitale par. 4).
After World War 1 had ended, the world leaders spoke seriously to prevent upcoming future wars but since Hitler had come to power, Hitler violated the treaty of Versailles and began to make his army. Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland and militarized it with the army. He created a lot of many new tactics and military strategies that stunned the European nations before World War II. One of the military tactics he used was Blitzkrieg which was also known as the "Lightning war" but before that Hitler had to test it on a nation. Hitler stunned Europe with the speed and efficiency of the German attack on Poland.
Elie Wiesel is a very significant man for surviving three horrendous Nazi concentration camps. He describes theses terrifying times in his novel Night. Elie describes in his novel go against human rights and deprives humans of their basic needs to survive. In the universal declaration of human rights there are 30 articles that describe are basic rights as human and all of these rights were broken in novel Night. The new york times describes the novel as “A slim volume of terrifying power.” “Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness” (Wiesel 25)?
That image remained in his mind and tortured him mentally until his very last second of life. Just like he described in book, “The pains in my body are terrible, but worse still is my conscious, It never ceases to remind me of the burning house and the family that jumped from the window” (Wiesenthal 53). This scene engraved in his mind deeply since he felt guilty toward the family which broke him down mentally and making him unable to move, led to his injury. If he did not truly regret to his fault, this scene would not remain in
MUSICAL ANALYSIS The String Quartet No.8 is a complex, melancholy work written ambiguously after witnessing the ruins of the Dresden bombings while Shostakovich was under Soviet rule, which he did not agree on as he could not express his art properly under media laws. The overall piece has a nervous, confused tone. The indecisiveness in every note is most likely due to the ambiguity of the motivations for the composition, that is to say was he really mourning the victims of the Dresden bombing or was he releasing his inner emotions about the society at the time? The somber aspect of this piece is contributed by the narrow range and use of low notes and the use of descending minor thirds, essential to the DSCH motif. It is paramount to this piece that the use of musical cryptograms or the motif (DSCH) is used to tantalise and provoke, so we as the listener can understand inner most thoughts.
The death of his mentor named Elias completely ends the remainder of the innocence that Chris once had, but additionally, he has become the reluctant to leave the war at the end of the film. Chris Taylor’s view of war is unrealistic, and stereotypical at the beginning of the film. The amount of inhuman events that he has faced is a representation of what war does to innocent people. From the beginning to the end, Chris Taylor had changed from an innocent young boy to the moment that he had no other option but to lose the innocence that was once given to him. Throughout the film, the author reveals Chris Taylor’s struggles and ultimate failure to restrain the loss of innocence; the author crafts Chris in such a way that he is continually stuck between the humanity and inhumanity side of him.
He is never quite fully at peace, even after he hears the messages of the three apparitions, as he constantly worries who is plotting to kill him. Earlier in the play, after the assassination of the King of Scotland, the sun does not rise over the country. The long lasting darkness is significant, and displays the importance of stability in the country. Shakespeare describes this, writing “Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act\Threatens his bloody stage. By th' clock ’tis day\And yet
Question No. 3 Answer: The narrator ponders whether Goodman Brown 's night in the forest could have all been a fantasy, however says that even on the off chance that it wasn 't genuine, it destroyed Goodman Brown 's life. He wound up afraid and doubtful of everyone around him. In spite of the fact that Goodman Brown kept on going to chapel and tune in to the minister, he would turn pale and feared that the congregation, the evil minister, and his listening ward would all be crushed. He frequently woke up at midnight and shrank from Faith beside him in bed, and when his family prayed together at morning or at night, he glared and murmured to himself.
America has gone through difficult times with war, but has gone through harder times with the war on terror. Terrorism is defined as the use of terror or threat. The war on terror became a big deal on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by hundreds of Japanese fighter planes, but has been a bigger deal since that attack on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. The bombing of the Twin Towers and to the Pentagon was like a Pearl Harbor but for the 21st century. Terrorist turn to violent means such as killing and bombing of the government.
These men were scared, untrained, and no longer hopeful for the future. They didn’t know what to expect from fighting in the war, other than death. As said by Tim O’Brien, “[I felt] sorry for myself, thinking about the war and the pig factory and how my life seemed to be collapsing toward slaughter. I felt paralyzed” (41). Most of these men were trapped in a war they had not intention in fighting in, one that could alter their future.
As everyone prayed, Elie felt like “an observer [and] a stranger” because he had disconnected from God, and as he defiantly continued to eat instead of fasting for Yom Kippur, Elie “felt a great void opening” inside him as his last bit of trust in God faded. At the end of the novel, Elie no longer thinks about God, or hopes for His mercy. His faith has completely left him, and the horrors of the concentration camp forever destroyed his aspirations of being a holy
(Gerund, provides evidence on how hard it was -ing) “The look in his eyes as they stared into mine, has never left mine” (Wiesel, 119) Going to a concentration camp being poor can truly be challenging. Beneath the poor man he was telling them information because being down in the dirt traveled on many times people don’t look at him with respect. (Prepositional phrase) But, of course, the people didn 't listen because he was poor. Of the stressfulness and miserable images they had in their head they were way too scared to only image what was next. (Infinitive, starts the sentence “of”) He closed his eyes as though to escape time” (Wiesel, 17).
The bombing of Dresden proved to be so devastating not only do to the sheer volume of bombing but the type of explosives utilized in the air raids. The bombs used did not produce the majority of the damage through the initial explosions but rather through the fire storms that engulfed the surrounding area. Incendiary bombs, filled with highly combustible chemicals such as magnesium, phosphorus or petroleum jelly (napalm) were utilized to destroy the city known for architectural beauty and historical culture (Simkin). According to Kurt Vonnegut, the bombing on the city of Dresden began the night of February 13, 1945 where in all, the Royal Air Force sent 800 aircraft to fly over the city, the source then goes on to say Dresden was assaulted by 400 bombers from the U.S. 8th Air Force the following afternoon followed by 200 more planes on February 15. Once the February bombings took place a short respite ensued trailed by the U.S. 8th Air Force bombing the city with another 400 more aircraft bombers on March 2.