In both works, the soldiers set aside their morals to overcome the horrors of war such as killing a man. This challenges their emotional endurance and has negative consequences on their mental disposition. Paul Bäumer, the protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, is put in a situation where he must suspend his ethics otherwise his supposed enemy, Gérard Duval, will murder him. This is the first time Paul has killed with his own hands, and “every gasp [of the enemy] lays [Paul’s] heart bare” (Remarque 221). He feels instant regret for his actions, and he “would give much if [Duval] would but stay alive” (Remarque 221).
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
Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism. 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
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
His speech uses a lot of emotive language, such as ‘piercing sorrow for him will bring me down to Hades’ and ‘how I wished he could have died in my arms’. This shows Priam’s anguish over the loss of his son to Achillius, and he even suggests going to try and retrieve the body so Hektor can be properly mourned. This makes Hektor’s death quite moving, as we see Priam, a great king of troy, weeping and bargaining for Hektor’s life, and rolling around in the dirt in sorrow. The image of a king being broken to such an extent is particularly tragic, especially after the speech Priam gave earlier about the misery he and his family will go through if Hektor died. These images create sympathy in the reader or listener, and show how great a loss Hektor’s death is for Priam and for Troy
A Long Way Gone is an autobiographical novel that informs people about the civil war in Sierra Leone. This war caused massive destruction to the country physically and mentally. The citizens of Sierra Leone were forced to kill, starve, die, and leave their country for peace somewhere else. This novel describes the horrifying experiences a young boy, Ishmael Beah, had been through during the Sierra Leone civil war. The author used great motifs to describe the importance of war and familial love in the novel.
Ambrose was an American story writer that used cynicism and naturalism to tell the cruel costs of of war on civilians. He used “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as a way to tell a story about Peyton Farquhar having a near-death experience similar to one he had in reality. With Ambrose’s military experience, he was well equipped to write about a traumatic injury that led to a near-death experience. His vault of memories including graphic images were used in each of his Civil War tales. Even though Ambrose Bierce may have seemed like a dark figure, he expressed cynicism of the Reconstruction era and shaped the writers who voiced disillusionment following
He uses both repetition and irony to accomplish this. O’Flaherty writes, “His teeth chattered he began to gibber to himself, cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody” (4). By repeating the word cursing, the author helps to paint the strong emotion of anger that the main character is feeling about what he just did. He is not only mad about this one man who is dying, he is mad about the whole war with the death and destruction that is going on all around him. The author also uses irony to his advantage in conveying the theme.
The story is about the individual’s personal cost in war. It tells about the way humans behave when they are surrounded by death on a regular basis, how they react to taking others’ lives and how they must suffer the consequences of their actions. The various themes in the story explore the questions of what war does to a person and their behavior. It also explores how much a certain cause is worth. This was evident when
However, they are left with the memories of what they saw. Soldiers affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD causes them to “often recall and re-experience the specific trauma of war” (The Emotional Effects of War on Soldiers). This means that any type of thing that reminds the soldier of the war, will cause them to relive that moment. Whether it’s a loud noise, a crowd of people, or a weapon, even the simplest word can make them remember the exact feeling of the war. This not only makes them suffer but it also hurts others around them.
This shows just how real and how traumatizing these events can be. However, the connection between the two highlights the fact that war leads to poverty as well as PTSD. Throughout every major war, once the soldiers have returned it has been increasingly hard for them to start their life
War is horrible, and it always affects the community; whether it be economically, physically, or mentally. The first theme; effect war has on soldiers. For the most part, the setting is on the battle field. We, as readers, witness first hand how the war is changing these men. You can see their personality changing.
During and after the war the way the men live their lives are haunted by the guilt of the men they killed. As Tim explains to his daughter “I returned with my daughter to Vietnam, where we visited the site of Kiowa 's death , and where i looked for signs of forgiveness or personal grace or whatever the land might offer.” This quote says a lot about the men and how much they feel obligated to feel responsible for their comrades deaths. Kiowa 's death was by an ambush on a routine patrol when he was gun downed while going pee. His superior ranking lieutenant was off his guard when Kiowa 's death occurred. This all does a number on each and every man in the platoon.