A Comparison Of Differing Views/Attitudes To War With Reference To Regeneration, Strange Meeting, Selected Poetry and A Journeys End

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A Comparison Of Differing Views/Attitudes To War With Reference To Regeneration, Strange Meeting, Selected Poetry and A Journeys End

David Lloyd George once commented, in a highly patriotic sense upon

‘the making of a new Europe-a new world’, to what degree was this true

is debatable to a great extent, after all the armistice signed on

November 11th 1918, didn’t confirm victory but only to learn a

horrific number of 9,000,000 million fatalities were caused due to

world war 1. Surely enough this was a new Europe? As a country, life

would go on in England, but for wives, children and family the tragedy

seemed to live on.

For many the thought of a war had urged men to fight for their country

and ‘do their bit’. This was the pinpoint of where the tragic

narrative begun. At first war was encouraged and seen as very

exciting, but during and after the war these views changed

dramatically.

Many of the opinions, feelings and views on war have been reflected in

many different types of literature. Novels such as ‘Regeneration’ and

‘Strange Meeting’ illustrate the emotions, which were carried by most

world war one soldiers. ‘A Journeys End’ and Gallipoli’ also take us

through a narrative of happy, sad, tragic and anxious moments. The

visual aid is advantageous to the audience as we are able to

distinguish between the characters behaviour by seeing how each one

responds to the reality of war. Many of the poems also provide in

depth knowledge of attitudes towards the war, as they can be trusted

due to time that they were created in. in many ways these poems

written before and after the war reflect the truth behind the feeling

of war. Poetry...

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reason behind ‘World Peace’. Unfortunately world war one created

further problems. It became a solution to all world problems. Violence

was now a ‘solving’ factor.

The consequences of war eternally changed peoples attitudes from the

ones they held before the war broke out. People realised that external

problems were really the minor ones. It was what was inside that

mattered. The fact was that society was becoming corrupt, which was

slowly evolving and still is today, such as the increasing of crime.

Manipulative methods such as of the usage of children and women

motivated men to go to war, this was wrong and it was only till it was

too late the nation had realised they had created evil itself. Thus so

many anti-war literature forms ca be found today, because what

happened is unforgettable.

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