Sassoon was able to fight in May 1915. He was depressed because of the war but that did not stop him from doing his duty, for that courage he was a well-known man. Because of the fact that he appeared to be completely fearless; his friends called him “Mad Jack”. In Sassoon’s poem he gives descriptions that show the state of the soldier. 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.
We associate the word “ home-coming,” with happiness and laughter. However, Home-coming in this poem has no happiness or laughter. The poet talks about the soldiers being brought back home after they died, fighting in war. The fact that repetition is used many times in this poem, indicates to us that war is repetitive. Alliteration is also used many times in this poem.
The simile makes you think about how people were losing their humanity just because everything was so disciplined and uniformed. They were forced to do practically inhuman things, things no one today would ever have to do, or even attempt. Wiesel and the other Jews ran at least 20 kilometers with empty stomachs, parched throats and cold bodies, without a single moment of rest. The entire time Wiesel was thinking about Death, and how much easier it would to be a completely “broken machine” with no way to fix it. It makes the reading experience more comprehensible and touching.
He is isolated, poignant, solemn, all he can do is sit in his wheelchair, helpless to everything that’s happening around him, only able to watch and listen, to the ‘voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, voices of play and pleasures after day.’ His disability marks him different from other people—‘all of them touch him like some queer disease.’ The persona is a representative of all those soldiers that suffered due to conflicts between their country’s politicians. The poets tells the tale of the cruel reality of how war really is, and it’s completely different from what is portrayed in the posters. The major themes in ‘Refugee Blues’ is about human suffering, about man’s inhumanity to man, about the freedom and renewal of the natural world. Human suffering is portrayed in the discrimination of the German Jews, about how even animals in nature have a place to stay, have an identity, have a chance of survival. In comparison with the animals, the Jews don’t have a hope in surviving the war, they are caught up in the war between politicians’ disputes.
In stanza one of his poem Owen uses similes to emphasize the exhausted state of the soldiers. He first compares the posture of the soldiers, “bent double” to “old beggars”, and then continues to compare their coughs to “old hags”; he continues to use diction and choice of vocabulary, “curse”, “sludge”, “haunting” and “trudge” to further emphasize the poor state of the soldiers. Through the use of diction and similes Owen creates a dark, deprived, and fatigued atmosphere, contradicting to the peaceful mood of Brooks poem. To continue, Owen uses an iambic pentameter throughout the poem, with line 16 breaking the pattern. This beat mimics the pace of marching soldiers, but the outfall of the pattern highlights their faintness, as they are unable to march with an even beat.
The poem as well as the charge end quietly in a plain stanza, the last stanza which different but still inspirational. The major difference between the two poems is that in “The Charge of the Light Brigade” the protagonists were soldiers they knew the risks and the fact that they could die but they still did it even though they had a choice. In “Out of the Blue” the people trapped in the building were normal people, people that were not prepared for death, which did the same thing as every single day but still something horrible happened. Even though the main theme of both of them is conflict, the two authors present it in a different manner, according to the different situation of the people and to the context of their
Although the scene of Marius grieving never happens in the novel, there are lines in the Les Miserables that show Marius never really mourned over the deaths of his friends. While healing from his wounds, Marius in his delirium, "repeated the name of Cosette during entire nights in the dismal loquacity of fever and with the gloomy obstinacy of agony"(Hugo 338). This line exhibits how Marius is more worried about losing Cosette than he had about his friends. Also, "He determined in the face of refusal he would tear off his bandages, dislocate his shoulder, lay bare and open his remaining wounds, and refuse all nourishment. ETC.
The first sonnet is composed of the speaker's experience during war. In the beginning Wilfred Owen describes a group of soldiers returning from combat: “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knocked-Kneed, coughing like hags”(Line 1). Wilfred Owen’s use of similes to illustrate the soldiers physical and mental exhaustion, “induces the convincing image of horrid and terrifying experiences of war”(Shreya Kashyap 2). Furthermore, Owen uses repetition of words such as “marched asleep”, “blind”, “limp” and “blood” to allow the readers to feel how long the march is for the soldiers. However, Shreya Kashyap points out that the soldiers were not simply tired and lacking sleep, nonetheless “they could not even hear the sounds of all the noises, hoots, bombs or the mighty shells”(3) .
War is one of the main themes in “The Quiet American” and thus it is considered to be an anti-war novel. Greene describes war as hideous, terrible and full of horrors that is planned by cynical people who will do everything just to achieve their personal interests. As mentioned earlier Greene wrote the book from his own experiences and through Thomas Fowler he displays the events and incidents that he experienced during the time he was there. Fowler is a reporter who is covering the war between French armies and Communist Vietminh’s in Vietnam for more than two years. At the beginning war is not mentioned at all, there is only an introduction to the characters and Pyle’s murder.
The title, ‘Exposure’, has two purposes: first, to expose the state of the soldiers to the readers and second, to describe how the soldiers were exposed to the daily horror and danger of the war. In the first line, the phrase ‘our brains ache’, refers to the trauma of soldiers who are always worried about getting attacked even during their sleep. Also, considering that most of the soldiers were young boys, this poem tells us what the soldiers might have felt, scared waiting in the trenches, which must have felt like actual hell. The next line, ‘in the merciless iced cast winds that knive us’, adds on to explaining the horror of soldiers by not only mentioning their mental condition but also that their physical conditions were not well as well. By personifying the wind, which ‘knive’ the soldiers, it shows that soldiers were faced to fight against the weather not just the enemy.