It is one of the most powerful pieces of writing from the war. Although Borden's asserts the truth of her account, her method is more imagistic than documentary. Indeed, she wrote a surreal memoir about the war during a period when most war memoirs were written as autobiographies. Not a record, her war memoir attempted to register the impact of World War I through strategies.Beginning with the unfocused, muddy fields of Belgium, she portrays war as a series of phantasmic dislocations, an apocalyptic landscape marked by the war machine. She describes the men and women of the war as displaced inhabitants of a strange, hallucinated world where people are reduced to bodies and functions.
Kaitlin made an interesting point in her post: she argued that barbarism is the summarization of Nazi’s philosophical political ideologies and the most important factor in Hitler’s seize of power. I partly agree with Kaitlin’s assessment; barbarism is truly a succinct summary of uncivilized ideologies: war, racism, and violence. As Bessel pointed out, Weimar Germany was seriously wounded and lived in the shadow of World War I: its “social, cultural and political points of reference were the war” (172). And the nation’s deep desire to revenge “made the crude politics of Adolf Hitler and his henchmen acceptable to both Germany’s elites and Germany’s masses” (174). Racism also played important role in Nazi’s capture of power: the whole process
In war, there is no clarity, no sense of definite, everything swirls and mixes together. In Tim O’Brien’s novel named “The Things They Carried”, the author blurs the lines between the concepts like ugliness and beauty to show how the war has the potential to blend even the most contrary concepts into one another. “How to Tell a True War Story” is a chapter where the reader encounters one of the most horrible images and the beautiful descriptions of the nature at the same time. This juxtaposition helps to heighten the blurry lines between concepts during war. War photography has the power to imprint a strong image in the reader’s mind as it captures images from an unimaginable world full of violence, fear and sometimes beauty.
A Violation The Treaty of Versailles was a violation of Wilson’s ideals. The Treaty is one of the most important agreements (or disagreements) that shaped 20th century Europe socially and physically. Woodrow Wilson on January 22, 1917 in an address to the United States Senate called for a peace without victors, but the Treaty signed by the participating nations was everything but that. The blame for the war was placed on Germany and justified the reparations that were outlined by the treaty for the war. The terms of the treaty were very harsh to the Germans and they took on great resentment.
Question Two David Malouf’s novel, Fly Away Peter tells of the events of the First World War through its protagonist, Jim Saddler, and his personal experiences. It also explores the tragedy and disruption that comes as a result of warfare. Through the use of narrative techniques Malouf clearly communicates his own personal attitude towards war which is that it is an unnecessary disturbance within the natural order that lacks overall purpose. These techniques, including symbolism, juxtaposition and intertextuality are also effectively employed throughout the novel to enhance the reader’s understanding of the key messages. Key messages conveyed throughout the novel relate to the effects of war as well as human experiences, these messages include
Remarque emphasizes grotesque imagery in how war was gruesome and life changing for the characters in the novel. Through rich character details, All Quiet on the Western Front captures characters perceived feelings and impact of the war. Remarque established an ironic situation for his characters in order for his readers to fully grasp the uselessness of the war. The unfathomable 15% of soldiers whom has acquired post-traumatic stress disorder has shown throughout this novel that a true soldier fights for everything they've left
The setting plays a powerful and constant reminder to the reader of the consequences of the human condition. Slaughterhouse Five, taking place around WWII involves many places, one main one being Dresden. It is seen by many as one of the greatest man made disasters in history and was oddly caused by allied forces. As horrible as it might be, Kurt Vonnegut says at the beginning of his book that “I thought, too, that [the book about Dresden] would be a masterpiece―But not many words about Dresden came from my mind then ― And not many come to mind now…” (Vonnegut 2). Having forgotten one of the most important parts of his life, it hints at how pointless war is and how something as big as Dresden can be forgotten as time goes on.
Human suffering is a major topic in both “All Quiet on the Western Front” and in “Civilization and its Discontents”. Sigmund Freud discuses and presents his theory’s on how people and society work and think while Maria Remarque describes the Life of a German solider in World War One. Freud underlines the reasons why humans suffer and Remarque describes a story where these aspect of suffering are present. Suffering is part of everyone’s lives and is present in society for several of reasons. People, their own body’s and the world around them causes suffering.
Politically, this film was shot after WWI, meaning many of its influences were extracted from the horrors of the First World War. Themes that Lang explored in Metropolis played a large part in the First World War, and the aftermath of it. Screenwriter Thea von Harbau’s original vision for the film was one of an apocalyptic scenario reflecting and alluding to the the social and political upheaval in Germany during the immediate post WWI years of the Weimar Republic. The film reflected upon the society which was not only experiencing unprecedented artistic and political freedoms, but was in a state of political and social turmoil. Additionally, the biblical references and metaphors can be simply attributed to Lang’s upbringing.
Through use of setting and contrast, both poets contribute to presenting the theme of the realities of war. Firstly within the poems, both Owen and Harrison present the horrific images of war through use of visual imagery.“And leaped of purple spurted his thigh” is stated. Owen describes the immediate action of presenting the truth of war as horrific and terrifying . The phrase “purple spurted” represents the odd color of the blood which was shedded as the boulder from the bomb smashed his leg in a matter of seconds. The readers
In all, the war was horrible, but to understand why the war happened, one must start from the beginning. There are many reasons why World War II started. To put into a big category, the main cause of the war is the first world war. The countries reluctantly signed the Treaty of Versailles, also known as the Peace of Paris, because it did not satisfy any country (History.com, 2009). After World War I, many countries were indebted and economically poor; this is known as the Great Depression.
“European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion. Virginia Postrel” In a sense the book lord of the flies awakens the evil in man and exposes the true horrors man is capable of just as world war one had for so many. However as humans we are not perfect and so began a second world war 20 years after the first. So for this paper we are comparing two key locations from the book lord of the flies“castle rock” and “the beach”.