The Importance Of Power In War Literature

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“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” - Plato Plato’s words echoes the potentialities of the power in man’s hands. The power can enslave or empower. It may carry him to the peaks or destroy him to ashes by his own destiny. Power in the hands of the dictators determines the destiny of that nation. The great paradox is that each and every dictator accumulates such power, climbing the ladder of free speech and after attaining the peak, suppressing the others by not gifting that ladder of speech. European nations faced a great havoc in the 19th century. The catastrophic World Wars I and II not only made them a ‘waste land’ but shattered the peace, integrity among the entire mankind. The experiences – pain, suffering, trauma, dislocation and the mental agony, and the treatment of these emotions are clearly portrayed in the literary works of that period as the War literature. The ugly larger political and war realities are well revealed in these War literary works. Each writer tried their hand at bringing the atrocities that happened during the massive wars which transformed the heart of the earth into a ‘waste land’. Their literary works concentrated on the impact of these wars especially on the common people are victimized and how their…show more content…
118) These words do predict the thirst and the yearning for the freedom from one’s own country. The common man is under surveillance if he or she never obliges to the authorities of the regime. Müller, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Prize, assures that the language has more power than any other form of expression. And even it is hard to find the apt words to express the pains and such other emotions of the people. She identifies that “Literature can invent a truth through language that shows what happens inside us and around us when moral values become derailed.” (Haines.

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