“It is well that war is so terrible-- otherwise we would grow too fond of it,” were the words once said by the Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Indeed, even opposing nations can agree that war is full of destruction and devastation. Despite this, there are those who believe that war is glorious. Too often, movies and literature depict war as a virtuous endeavor. Young men are often told during war that they should become a soldier, for honor and glory.
In today’s society, social media and the news channels focus on violent events and war on a daily basis. The Red Badge of Courage takes place during the U.S. Civil War. The novel is famous for its portrayal of war through the eyes of an inexperienced, young soldier, rather than a broad view on war. Henry is a young and rookie soldier who has always dreamed of fighting in combat, but when he actually gets the chance he has to learn very quickly about the different details of war. Henry also faces some very hard and depressing moments of war that with time, henry had overcome and helped tremendously in the Civil War.
This quote had a connection to him personally because he actually fought in the war for his new country. Due to Isaac experiencing first hand the effects of the war he was able to put the true horrors down in paper such as ¨The deep thunder of a drown-out shout reached them (pg. 107)¨ which describes the tragedies in war zones. “After all, the essential point in running a risk is that the returns justify it (pg. 136)” this connects to the US risking losing everything by throwing a helping hand to the allied powers.
She decided to delay her return to Summerville to serve her county. Her patriotism was still running high when she urged Edward to enlist. Vera’s innocent of the ideals of war began to fade quickly when she witnessed the broken bodies of wounded soldiers. According to Vera, “I wish those people who write so glibly about this being a hold war and the orators who talk so much about going on, no matter how long the war lasts and what it may mean, could see a case of mustard gas – the poor things burnt and blistered all over with great mustered colored suppurating blisters, with eyes, all sticky and stuck together, and always fighting for breath, with voices a mere whisper, saying their throats are closing and they know they will choke.” As the World War I wore on, the “show” increased and the wounded poured in. Hospitals were understaffed, the staff was over worked and living conditions were substandard.
In Owen’s poem, though the war may be necessary, it’s not fun or glorious it’s brutal. As you can see, “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory.” This means if you really know what war is like you wouldn’t promote it in a good way. However, this is what Popes’ poem is applying. In her poem she says, “Who would much rather come back with a crutch than lie low and be out of the fun?” She is applying that war is fun and everyone should join to protect our country. There are many ways to look at war.
It tries to enlighten the hardship of coming back to a life that is not foul or execrable including the likes of PTSD and unemployment. Both of these works of art simultaneously denounce the sins of war while supporting the troops overseas. War Song and Hero of War are two very controversial songs about war, while being two similar songs as well. Both of these songs use Ethos as both of artists have served in war ergo making them a credible source. While Rise Against’s HoW uses Ethos to describe the dreadful sights and glimpses of war, War Song uses Ethos to support the troops and to lambaste war.
The Civil War was a brutal time in American history, pinning neighbor against neighbor. Many families were broken up and soldiers often the went wandering into battle aimlessly. Frustrated by this war, an American author, Stephen Crane shows his distaste for this war by his ironic works: the poem “War is kind” and the short story “The Mystery of Heroism” by bringing the loss of family and pointless deaths to advocate against the war. Throughout “War is Kind” a mockery of how the barbarity of war affect spouses, children and parents of the soldiers lost. It specifically focuses on the families orientated around the soldiers in battle and how their deaths have came to be.
What do you feel listening the word cruelty ? What if it was human cruelty ? The men in the warfronts face death every minute , every single minute of their lives. The only way to counter the trauma and stress is by suspending all feelings to cope with the effects of war. The title insensibility is indeed significant.
The definition for war according to Merriam-Webster is “a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land,sea, or air.” Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front illustrates the horrors the soldier experiences during war and the effects it has on him psychologically. Remarque uses the character of Paul Baumer who is a compassionate and sensitive young man, but the brutal experience of warfare teaches him to detach himself from his emotions in order to preserve his sanity and to survive. His account of the war is a bitter invective against sentimental, romantic ideals of warfare. The novel follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during
The euphemism found on line 19 also hints to the aftermath of war for the soldiers, using the expression “troubled man” to refer to soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. The persona or speaker of this poem is, in my opinion, someone who does not believe in war and does not want to see it happen again. The persona wants the world to learn from their mistakes and bring peace instead of destruction. The implied reader targeted by this poem would be either people who want world peace or those who glorify war by showing them how horrible it really is. The actual reader would be the students reading the poem, and the ideal reader would be people who share the same beliefs (i.e., world peace) or the opposite beliefs.