The fact that the initial stage of the bomb disposal, that is carried out from the point of view of a robot generates so much tension and anxiety actually foreshadows the real drama and trauma that ensues in the film. In this sequence there are also some over the shoulder P.O.V.’s of the soldier who is standing behind the controller. Another P.O.V., which is used for the first time in the opening sequence and several times after, is the shot through the scope of a gun. This is also the first use of the point of view angle from inside the bomb disposal suit. The shot is also used multiple times henceforth in the film, but what it does initially is isolates the audience in the universe of the bomb diffuser as he walks towards the explosive.
Within his short story, Chickamauga, Bierce is able to depict a realistic version of war and the devastation it creates through the application of imagery in his writing. The author administers imagery, which the literary diction defines as the use of “figurative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical sense,” (LiteraryDevice Editors) in order to visually represent the gruesome reality of the culture at the time. More precisely, the ghastly illustration of the soldiers, behavior of the child, and comparisons of mankind to animalistic forms, add to the detail of the story and solidifies Bierce’s assertion that war is not glory, but destruction. In representing the story in such a way, Bierce illustrates how even the most innocent of creatures can enact cruelty by representing the little boy as the embodiment of both childish curiosity and ignorance. Portraying unpleasant things to tell the truth about war would assent with Dreiser 's theory that the job of the author is to “express what we see honestly and without subterfuge” (155).
Vowell’s use of hyperbole is very important to this story because it allows the story to have a comedic effect so the story won 't get too serious and then turn into a sad story about a girl who can 't find something in common with her father. An example of how the author uses hyperbole for a comedic effect was when she was talking about the main characters experience with guns. The main event refers to guns as sticks of death, the author is also able to make the first time the main character fired a gun into a funny story. That the sound that the gun made was as big as God, and the recoil kicked her back to the ground like a bully. The main character claims that her experience was so bad that she doesn 't want to even touch guns
All Quiet on the Western Front is a story, in which it allows people to know the true horrors of war. Throughout the story and in Erich Maria Remarque’s writing he uses many literary devices to emphasize what he experienced and the emotions he felt. The devices that he used are used in order to help the readers understand his experience and emphasize the theme of his war novel. Throughout this essay, I will show you a few of the literary devices used within the novel that emphasized the theme, the brutality of war. Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism.
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
He paid homage to those friends because some of them passed away fighting and O’Brien wanted to show what made them special, especially because the men who fought and died in Vietnam often came home disrespected and ignored. Every story helped to shine light on the men who lost the fight. O’Brien went into incredible detail about what exactly made each man in his platoon special, especially if there was a story to lay to rest. By sharing these stories, themes of homage and sacrifice were explored as O’Brien hoped to explain what their friendship was and why it was so
After watching The 39 Steps (1935), I realized that Alfred Hitchcock really did have a talent for establishing suspense through films. Even though suspense was the primary focus, Hitchcock managed to effectively and intelligently mix humor, romance, and thriller. He uses a variety of techniques to convey these feelings to the audience. According, to some of his interviews with Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock mentions his love for The 39 Steps, specifically about the techniques he uses to create a bewitching experience throughout the film. In this film, he uses a variety of themes that he continued to constantly use throughout his later films.
The onomatopoeia used here engages the reader in the sound allusion and is furthered with the use of a simile in a later sentence “a shower of sparks splashed out from their screaming metal” (MacLennan 76). The usage of a literary device once again elicits an emotional response and heightens the reader’s acuity to the scene. The various devices are functioning to lock the reader in the text as the narrator weaves through time. Another example is “For a fraction of a second there was intense silence” (MacLennan 76). This is an incredibly powerful sentence as it able to greatly slow down time in the story while simultaneously capturing the attention of the reader with the strong juxtaposition of an intense silence.
While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted. “How to Tell a True War Story” and “Ambush” are stories that both explore on topics: truth, the real definition of a true war story, and the role of truth. O 'Brien starts off “How to Tell a True War Story” with “This is true.” Starting this story with such a bold sentence not only makes it seem more true, but to some extent, it acts as a comfort statement to the narrator’s own doubts, as if there were unspeakable uncertainties and lies of the narrator. The title of this story also comes into play, with a meta-fictional name “How to Tell a True War Story”, as if it were a guide, a manual, having a true war story tell the readers how to tell a true war story. However ironically, towards the middle of the story, us as
There are many similar themes that pervade both Wilfred Owen’s Anthem, for Doomed Youth, and George Herbert’s Prayer, such as war, and prayer. Strong emotions regarding both of those themes are conveyed through the juxtaposition of imagery, the personification of weaponry, and the use of metaphor to explain the conceptual. Language is also a critical element in both sonnets, shown through the use of alliteration in Anthem, and flowing lyricism in Prayer, demonstrating it is approached in strikingly different ways to achieve the desired effect. The prominence of religion and religious symbolism is an important factor of both poems, which reflects the importance of religion in matters such as war, and more obviously, prayer. Owen’s Anthem, for Doomed Youth approaches this concept of religion and its symbolism from, what would initially appear to be, an incredulous angle.