By manipulating the war setting and language of the novel Heller is able to depict society as dark and twisted. Heller demonstrates his thoughts of society through the depicted war. In the novel, the loss of personal identity in the soldiers lives. Furthermore, The idea is that supports how much value is placed upon a human life and shows the evils and cruelty of war is related The Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell, in which a soldier who spends his entire life in war only to die the same position he came into the war “fetal” state; just to be disregarded and buried in a whole.
These are all devices that are vital in portraying the overall theme of the brutality of war, in All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the main literary devices used in All Quiet on the Western Front is imagery. An example of this is when Detering, Paul and, his friends become pale and sick at hearing
What was the message of Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Through The Theme of War. In Slaughterhouse five, Kurt Vonnegut uses the theme of war though the character of Billy, to show how war can desensitized one’s emotion, how it is senseless and immoral. Through the violence and death of war, Kurt Vonnegut shows the reader how the innocence of Billy is lost.
The poems “ Dulce et Decorum Est” By Wilfred Owen and “Who’s for the Game” By Jessie Pope, were both written during World War I but both poems transmit a different opinion on the war. In Wilfred’s poem, the poem is named after the Roman poet Horace, meaning “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country” Wilfred goes again this meaning when talking about the war in his poem. Wilfred thinks of war as dreadful the worst thing ever, almost like as if it 's not worth dying for your country since you’re losing so much. In Jessie Pope’s poems, she describes war as being great and wanting the soldiers that are involved in the war not to be cowards and sacrifice themselves for their country.
The use of imagery to describe trenches in both texts plays a big role in building up the theme that war destroys innocence and youth. For example, in Sassoon 's "Suicide in the Trenches", the phrase 'winter trenches ' is paired with words such as glum and lice, both of which have a negative connotation. (Sassoon, 5-6.) Sassoon also uses imagery to portray the front/the trenches as hell, and explicitly states that that is where youth, innocence, and laughter go to "die" because war destroys a person mentally, even if it doesn 't physically them. (Sassoon, 12.)
Thirdly, another feature that I could notice is how Macbeth undergoes terrible pangs of conscience and feels guilty before, during, and after commits the murder of King Duncan, and this can be notice in this quote “But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer, ere we will eat our meal in fear and sleep in the affliction of these terrible dreams that shake us nightly: better be with the dead, whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, Than on the torture of the mind to lie in restless ecstasy”. However, with Tom we did not notice any kind of this, he represents the lack of feeling guilty, in fact, he is a cold-blooded killer, a man who both lies and murders in cold
Title In World War One, one of the most bloody, gruesome, and horrific wars in modern-day history, the dire need for true brotherhood may be a literal matter of life and death. In Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, the epic effect of comradeship is displayed throughout the actions, characters, and overall impact on the book itself. Without these aspects of comradeship, one may be as hopeless and deserted as the front lines of the battlefield. To achieve a full knowledge and realize the impact of comradeship, one must start by understanding actions as simple as roasting a goose. While some actions may seem silly or not pertinent to the powerful idea of comradeship, they may mean more than what comes to the reader's mind at first.
This line is evidently ironic in contrast with the content of the poem, which brutally describes the horror and the futility of the war. After the second stanza, Owen is focused on his experience of horror, ‘He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.’ shows his experience of watching a man dying from a gas attack. Furthermore, he says that we will not be able to experience the same feelings, but only in ‘some smothering dreams’. Through this he argues that individuals who have not been to the war should not promote it and his negative attitude towards propaganda, which told young men how great the war is, seeding deluded images of the war. Therefore, the poem plainly depicts the irony of the title which says that it is one of the best thing to die for your country when it is not.
Don’t you understand? How can I sit down and eat that – when ---when Osborne’s ----lying ---- out there”. This gives an idea that Raleigh is shocked by the reality of war, where, also, the punctuation used, in this quote, gives the impression of anxiety and nervousness when Raleigh has spoken it. On other words, Raleigh, who was enthusiastic about war, after living under real conditions of war, realizes that war is nonsense and
The poem considers the illusion of war as glamorous, and stresses the violence of battle. The writer, Owen, also illustrates what impacts the war could bring to an individual, and the permanent loss of physical ability. ‘‘Refugee Blues’’, by W.H. Auden was written a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War. ‘Refugee’ emphasises their escape from persecution, their loss of identity,
The painting “The Trench Warfare” is a piece of art that represents the actions during war. It was painted by the German artist Otto Dix in 1932 as a way to criticize society and war. Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix or otto Dix was a painter and printmaker. Otto was known for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. As i compared it with the book ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque some of the themes in the books were similar to the themes in the painting.
At the beginning of the war, soldiers were excited and enthusiastic about fighting and they saw the other side as non-human. However, over time, the soldiers were exposed to so much death and suffering that their views shifted to see the war as an unnecessary evil which destroyed valuable lives. As shown in multiple poems written during World War One, and in Remarque’s, All Quiet on the Western Front, through witnessing excessive suffering and death at the hands of society, people recognize their individual values over the values of their society. As the war began, soldiers were surrounded by glorifying propaganda and encouragement from society to get involved, this led to feelings of excitement and pride towards the war.
Maybe nothing is more incessant in the pages of history books than wars. Since the beginning of time, men have battled to hold their ground and vanquish more. However, the images of war are never as victorious that they are painted out to be. The truth of war is dull, devastate, and nerve racking, with conditions unfavorable to mind, body, and soul. The substances of war and the dread experienced are reported and told by writers all through time.
Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front: Horrors of War War. War never changes. It’s an act that will always be committed until the end of Man and the people who suffer the consequences are, most commonly, the soldiers who fight and die for ideals they may not even agree with. Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front conveys not only the atrocities of war, but also the mental, physical, and emotional toll it takes on the soldiers fighting it.
The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron and his novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle were all works that were inspired and reflected off events in his life. The decline of his mental health, his wife turning to Christianity, the growing political and