During his stay at the hospital, Paul processes the aftermath of war regarding to the suffering soldiers go through and concludes, “How senseless is everything that can ever be written, done, or thought, when such things are possible. It must be all lies and of no account when the culture of a thousand years could not prevent this stream of blood being poured out, these torture-chambers in their hundreds of thousands”(Remarque 125). Both the poem and novel question the purpose of war and mention how the overall purpose of war is considered senseless, destructive, and results in insanity for all. Paul is infuriated about what he experienced and cannot comprehend the reason why war starts in the first place. As a result, all the reasoning and answers, as mentioned in the poem, are inaccurate and senseless which creates an overall feeling of doubt and rage.
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.
This use of biblical intertextuality within this novel has been purposefully imposed by Malouf in order for the reader to develop a deeper understanding of the ideas and messages that are being conveyed. The subtle allusions are effective and cause Jim’s physical and internal battle to truly be brought to
Compare how human suffering is presented in “The Manhunt” by Simon Armitage and “War Photographer” by Carol Anne Duffy. A clear example of human suffering presented in both “The Manhunt” and “War Photographer” is through the fact that war is presented as something it isn’t. In War photographer the structure of the poem being four stanzas with 6 lines each and ABBCDD rhyming scheme present order and structure which contrasts to the chaos that war is which is the theme of the poem. This contrast is continuous in the poem with adjectives such as “red” and “cries” both connotations of some sort of negativity being partnered with positive adjectives such as “soft” also create this contrast through a juxtaposition.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a story, in which it allows people to know the true horrors of war. Throughout the story and in Erich Maria Remarque’s writing he uses many literary devices to emphasize what he experienced and the emotions he felt. The devices that he used are used in order to help the readers understand his experience and emphasize the theme of his war novel. Throughout this essay, I will show you a few of the literary devices used within the novel that emphasized the theme, the brutality of war. Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism.
“The Happy Warrior,” displays diction and irony to highlight the realistic attitude on war by Sir Herbert Read. Throughout his poem, Sir Herbert Read uses a gruesome word choice to get across the message about the horrors of war. Early in the poem, “painful sobs” (1), came over the fighting soldier.
War habitually desensitizes and numbs the fighting soldiers due to the harsh, crippling events they have witnessed. War creates a feeling of endless hopelessness felt by the comrades during the war. In “All Quiet on the Western Front”, Erich Maria Remarque exposes the change of characterization of Paul Baumer from an innocent boy transformed by the monstrosities of war into a desensitized soldier by repeating the pattern of soldiers going to the front, being at the front, and then being away from the front to expose the personal destruction caused by it. On the way to the front, the comrades are experiencing rising anxiety and intimidating tension from the realization of the unavoidability death on the frontline.
In a society that is aristocratic, physiognomic and honorific, Thersites is simply a menace, not the noble insurrectionist a modern reader might see him to be. Rebellion is not celebrated, it is harshly subdued. No one is capable of rising beyond their station, where they are born, there they will likely die. An ugly and insolent soldier is not to be praised. After describing Thersites ghastly appearance, Homer notes that “Achilles despised him most, Odysseus too”(2.257).
For instance, the horrors of the front put the men under a trance like spell and become attractive to them: “ To me, the front is a mysterious whirlpool, though I am still far away from its center, I feel the vortex sucking me slowly” (20). The minds of the soldiers have been completely dissolved and they now grip onto anything they can process. In this case, the men only know how to process violence and pain because they have an understanding that the only accomplishments they can achieve from this point of their lives consists of fighting on the front. This goes to show that war is capable of twisting and molding a man 's mind into believing that violence is the only relevant aspect of life, and therefore should be the only thing they think about. Furthermore, even the surgeons on the battlefront are taken advantage of war by becoming psychotic and treat the patients cruelly: You are here to be cured of your wound, not your flat feet.
By Preston being able to feel emotions, he realizes that killing sense offenders, destroying anything that allows people to feel emotion, and Prozium. By the resistance movement destroying everything that relates to emotions, it eliminates anything that relates to happiness and the ability to have emotion. This causes Preston to realize that without the Prozium, he is truly unhappy with the way the society is. The societies remain oblivious into realizing their unhappiness because they have never felt happiness which contribute to them not realizing that they are
The irony used by Irving shows how tolerance is key in life when faced with tough dilemmas; enduring pain helps to shape individuals and make them who they are destined to be. Hardships come along with life, growing as an individual is not always the easiest; however, learning from tough situations and building a tolerance shapes a person. Owen Meany is a prime example of a character who has had to endure a lot, this began since the moment he was born. His short stature and “cartoon voice” (18) are characteristics that depicts Owen from everyone else. For instance, John states that during Sunday school, “We tortured him, I think, in order to hear his voice; I used to think his voice came from another planet.