Never has a book so accurately described the horrors of war on humanity, and depicted them in such a faceted and rich way. Not only does he evoke the carnage and butchery generated by war in a unique and innovative fashion, but he also daringly personifies the absolute torment imposed upon the soldier psyche. Epitomizing this; at the end of the novel, every single major character has been slain in some barbaric way or another, allowing the author to once again highlight the endless disaster of war. He shows how soldiers were fundamentally and inherently altered by war, physically tortured and mentally
In the poem, “The Man He Killed,” by Thomas Hardy, he illustrates the theme of inhumanity and disgust that is consequential of war, by comparing two men, who could be grown together and are now fighting against each other for someone else’s cause. Feelings towards other people can also take a negative or positive role in real life whether it is a war or a normal life crime; people hurt each other in the way that can cause them to make a certain decision. Throughout the poem, Hardy uses the techniques of tone and word choice to get his ideas across the poem and focuses on the senselessness and futility of war, where a man has killed another because they were fighting on the opposite side of the war. In the beginning, there are many references to different ways that the speaker could have met his
Through both of his poems, Dulce Et Decorum Est and Disabled, Owen clearly illustrates his feeling about war. Both of them convey the same meaning that war destroyed people’s lives. For Dulce Et, Decorum Est, it mainly illustrates soldier’s life during war, the dreadfulness of war, whereas, Disabled illustrates how war have damaged soldier’s life. Also, the saying that said that war it is lovely and honorable to die for your country is completely against his point of view. Owen conveys his idea through graphically describing his horrible experiences in war.
He uses ‘death 's gray land’ (L.1). It represents the battlefield. Associated with war, he uses a drearier color which is gray to emphasize hopelessness or lethargy of the soldiers. Besides that, Sassoon has used trench imageries to emphasize the detachment of soldiers from the battlefield and they are not willing to fight this war. The imagery in this poem can be seen from ‘ruined trenches’ and ‘foul dugouts’ (LL.
The poem features a soldier, presumably Owen, speaking to fellow soldiers and the public regarding those atrocities. Correspondingly, drawing on the themes of innocent death and the barbaric practices of warfare, Owen expresses his remorse towards his fallen comrades and an antagonistic attitude towards the war effort through a solemn tone and specific stylistic devices. The poem is structured as free verse, contributing towards the disorganized and chaotic impression Owen experienced while witnessing these deaths firsthand, enabling the audience to understand the emotional circumstances of demise in the trenches as well. Throughout the poem, Owen routinely personifies the destructive weapons of war, characterizing them as the true instruments of death rather than the soldiers who stand behind them. Owen describes how, “Bullets chirped…Machine-guns chuckled…Gas hissed…” (Owen 3,4,15).
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,
A comparison of W. B. Yeats’ The Second Coming and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est on the theme of warfare and its consequences. Literary works during the 20th century; especially the first half was significantly focused on the desolation and chaos brought upon by events such as the World War I & II. The significant events and magnitude of these wars not only affected people physically but also altered their mentality and ethics (Pizarro, Silver & Prause, n.d). Yeats’ The Second Coming was written in the aftermath of World War I to shed light on the physical and mental deterioration of both the people and landscape after the war which indirectly signifies the fall of human society. On the other hand, Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est highlights the uncertainty of the lives of those soldiers who are on the frontline, fighting for their nation’s glory.
At times during the war, respect for one another is lost. After O’Brien kills the young vietnamese man, Azar disrespects both O’Brien and the deceased: “You scrambled his sorry self, look at that, you did, you laid him out like Shredded fuckin’ Wheat” (O’Brien 125). O’Brien uses specific diction and emphasizes certain words through italics to demonstrate the extreme disrespect by Azar. He mocks the dead man, describing his body mortifyingly as shredded wheat. He also disrespects O’Brien as he vividly celebrates his shooting, using italics on the word did to create emphasis.
In the first stanza we can see that the figure is “Groping along the tunnel, step by step” and in the third stanza we get the line “alone he staggered on…” These phrases point out the physical and physiological detachment, well known effects of intendance combat. Lastly I will be analyzing the novel All Quiet on the Western Front to look for a dehumanizing theme in the novel. Throughout the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, the young soldiers are affected by the war. Throughout the young soldiers time on the front, they are dehumanized and the also develop an animal instinct while they are completely abandoning their emotions and
The poet conveys this theme by describing the point of view of a soldier who witnessed the death of a comrade, killed by poisoned gas. “His hanging face, like a devil 's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood; Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” This description creates a feeling of revulsion felt by the reader and presents an insiders perspective of war which they undoubtedly hadn’t experienced. The poems serves as a description of the horrors of war in the hopes that the reader will change their viewpoint on the notion of soldiers being humiliated and forced to serve in the army. This purpose is explicitly clear in the last few lines, “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest; To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est; Pro patria mori”. The angry and horrific tone of the poem also helps to convey