“Insensibility “ and “Strange meeting” offers Owen’s personal experience of the grim realities of battle and a deep emotional response to allow for a true understanding of war. Owen explained how they experience lack of imagination and how even if they imagine it would be filled with horror, blood and death. Owen had very strong religious references which was shown in the poem; by using the beatitudes structure at the beginning of most of the stanzas. “Happy are men who yet before they are killed”. In these lines, he used the religious allusion of beatitudes as in “Happy are” whereas he turned this positive connotation and joyful tone , when he ended the same line by “ before they are killed” using negative language, satiric tone representing the not patriotism and dull image of war.
A War Within War is inevitable, war is not peaceful nor accepted by many. War is the act portrayed by many men and women who believe they’re making a difference, that one less life in the world is nothing more than the act of taking it. Wars come and go claiming they’re making a difference in a positive way liberating a certain territory, whilst destroying it. War is the true equalizer between life and death, fairness and irony. The novel “My Brother Sam is Dead” symbolizes many of these traits.
In “Dulce et decorum Est”, Owen demonstrates the effect of battle as confusion and exhaustion through the use of simile: “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”. He characterizes the soldiers are extremely fatigued and anemic like “old beggars”. The word “double” exaggerates the soldiers’ movement to help indicate the physical effects of a clash. The phrase “bent double” has connotation of tiredness because the soldiers are exhausted while they “trudge” with their legs “bent
The repetition of king’s show how arrogant Ozymandias was, yet when compared to the crumbling ruins of his statue, the poet undermines him and shows that he did not last forever as he thought he would. The audience of the era twinkle’s on the effects it can have on people and how long it can last before the eternal truth (religion) conquers it. The modern audience zoom in on the irony of “Ozymandias” which cuts much deeper as the audience realizes that the forces of mortality and mutability, described brilliantly in the concluding lines, will erode and destroy all our
Shakespeare foreshadows Macbeth winning the fight through this quote: “Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops / and fix 'd his head upon our battlements” (I.ii.22-23) this shows that Macbeth is a very brutal man. This foreshadows the way that he is going to kill lots of people, including the king. killing the king can foreshadow through, "ripping the heart out of Scotland”. This is characterizing Macbeth to be a big fictional killer through the use of foreshadowing. During the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare characterizes macbeth through many different ways such as the use of foreshadowing.
He was scared of the war and hoped the similar to the man, but in the end Tim faced his fear and he is ashamed of it. It hit him hard because it was like imagining himself be killed. Killing someone can bring an immense shock, O’Brien wrote, “‘Think it over,’ Kiowa said. Then later he said, ‘Tim, it's a war. The guy wasn't Heidi—he had a weapon, right?
War is one of the most controversial and fascinating aspects of human life, which includes sacrifice, argument, and worst of all human death. The argument of war is whether or not the sacrifice of human life is necessary or not. The authors of My Brother Sam Is Dead are totally against war; they are neutral and they give Tim the same idea as them in the novel. They even show the irony and cruelty of war in the book by the punishing and ironic deaths of Ned, Sam, and Life. This novel is based in Redding, Conneticut during the time of the Revolutionary War.
O'Brien vilifies the soldiers as they what seems to be ruthlessly out of the burned out husk of a building. To show the desensitization of the soldiers he uses language such as "dead", "badly", and "dragged". These strong words sow feelings of fear and carelessness into the readers. O'Brien ends his anecdote by showing the two completely different sides of the soldier platoon, nice and selfish. O'brien uses a recurring characters, Azar and Henry Dobbins, the recurring theme of dancing, and the constant comparison of two sides of the same coin of war.
By reversing personification, Owen expresses the dead soldiers do not get the passing bells of a proper funeral what they desire like slaugthers. This conveys that Wilfred Owen is disgusted the war and the pointless deaths of soldiers. Additionally, the rhetorical question allows the reader to imagine the phenomenon of the war and question its validity. Moreover, Owen
At that point the reader begins to see different light, understanding how Owen felt as he witnessed death first hand. Once the title of the poem has been read in its entirety, the meaning of the poem is enhanced. Now “Dulce et Decorum Est” implies a false cover, implying that war is sweet and brings one glory to serve the country. When in reality the reader learns that war is not kind, and takes without mercy no matter what side a soldier is fighting for.. “Sweetness” begins to mean “Sadness”, and from the title one would assume that war shows kindness to those willing to fight, but instead Owen explains how the honor of fighting in battle doesn’t mean anything when one becomes a forgotten corpse, left to rot amongst
Though O'Brien's use of juxtaposition and shifts in point of view, he is able to not only show the “crazy powers of war”, but also conveys how war stories aren't true unless they are unbelievable. O’Brien talks about how believable war stories are made up as well as how “a true war story is never moral [and]... if [it]... seems moral, do not believe it” (O’Brien 65). The Vietnam war was a dark and horrific place for a lot of people, and O’Brien helps share those emotions through his “non-moral stories”. In one of the stories O’Brien describes a story where they are in middle of the jungle they heard “chamber music “ and “all these different voices…[then a] cocktail party” (O’Brien 71).
When a gear has been fully developed and created it is moved from the assembly line into a machine. This machine slowly begins to wear at the gear and degrade it. By the end of its time in the machine, the gear is nearly unrecognizable, rusted and disfigured. Much like a gear and its machine, soldiers are often left unrecognizable by war. In Tim O’Brien’s, The Things They Carried, the author depicts stories from his time in vietnam and his time after.
Within Liam O’Flaherty’s short story, “The Sniper”, there are two literary devices that greatly impact the meaning of the story. These two literary devices are irony and mood, and together they show the reader how difficult war can be and how it can pull friends and families apart. While reading the text, the reader can feel how tired, lethargic, yet exciting war can be. On page 1, paragraph 3, the sniper was “eating a sandwich hungrily” because he “had eaten nothing since morning”. In this paragraph, readers can feel how the thrill of war can overcome a person, taking over their actions, emotions, and feelings.
War’s Reality We as humans find conflict to be rash and futile, but to the soldiers that fight for our freedom, it is an honor and a privilege, but it is dreadful nonetheless. We are going to be discussing Tim O'Brien's intentions in writing the short story “Where Have You Gone Charming Billy.” It is my understanding that he wrote the story to tell us about war as it is hard to imagine its entirety and that war takes lives. Finally, I believe that he wants us to see how dangerous and terrifying war really is.
Moreover, O’Brien’s miscellaneous word choice, and fragmented sentence structure play a huge role in reflecting his thoughts on the war. It helps readers understand the significance of the chapter, and connect us to the author on a deeper level. O’Brien’s short, and repetitive sentences mirror his personal struggles, and allow the audience to learn more about him. For example, the last sentence of “Spin” is, “..nothing to remember except the story.” (39)