Analysis Of Good-Bye To All That By Robert Graves

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Robert Graves author of Good-Bye to All That, wrote about his life, particularly his time fighting in World War One. In his narrative one can see the experiences of the war and the influence that it had on him. He bore witness to and was victim to the advancements in military technology, like gas, machine guns, and tanks. He would write about his experiences in his trenches, as well as the cultural and social aspects that he saw in the military units and the areas he visited. However when comparing his narrative to the works of Jeremy Black, author of Warfare in the Western World 1882-1975 one can see the changes in warfare brought on by World War One.
One of the more interesting descriptions that Graves provides about his experiences of war
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When focusing on the positives of the uses of trenches one can say they provided protection to the soldiers. With the use of heavy artillery and machine guns, trenches provided an area where men would be shielded from enemy fire. Black stated that trenches were also used to provide shelter for “reserve troops.” However, the trenches did not provide much comfort for the men living in them. Robert Graves relates in his narrative that the trenches were made from bricks, ammunition boxes, and corpses. Graves, later in his narrative also states that life in the trenches depended on the battalion and the moral of those living in them. Some trenches were not unbearable whereas others were encompassed with depression. Black states that trench life was often atrocious. In many cases soldiers were exposed to wet conditions that attracted vermin and frostbite. As well as, according to Graves, “trench feet” a condition soldiers got if they slept through the night without warming their feet in their wet boots. However, life in trenches also posed another…show more content…
It included changes to weapons, such as advancements on firearms, the machine gun, use of airplanes, tanks, and gas. Many men, like Graves, would enter in a battle and be subject to a war that was much different than previously seen wars. Graves fought alongside men who had traveled the world in the name of the English Crown to fight and defend imperial territories but were not prepared for the slaughter of men that World War One created. As stated before both England and the United States had armies that had combat experience but neither were prepared for what the enemy had in store. In his narrative about his life, Graves connects his own personal thoughts and feelings to the events that occurred around him providing readers a clear image of what it was like to fight in World War One. Not only were the men subjected to firing of new and advanced weaponry, they were also subjected to trench warfare. The men would be trapped inside the trenches subjected to illness and extreme weather conditions and in some cases with no relief. According to Graves the men needed to keep a positive moral during this time or else they could become subject to the depression that encompassed the trench. However, after the Great War ended many felt as if it was time to heal and move forward from the events. Graves himself continued his education and his writing as he traveled through Europe and Africa. Many
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