Kipling also tries to shed a reality on the battle, and how the English were loyal to the soldiers when they were need, but now that the battle is over the broken soldiers returning no longer fit the heroic image the public hold, and so their country no longer cares. In fact exposing the publics expressed support to be only shallow lip service. Tennyson wrote his poem with rigid, rhythmical, and evocative language, and tries to glamorise the Battle, and in doing so, makes the poem too fanciful. While Kipling on the other hand wrote his poem using... ... middle of paper ... ...their lack of fidelity towards the soldiers. In conclusion I personally find Kipling's poem more effective.
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Inman and Ada’s respective ordeals help develop the themes of war, homeland, women and children which this essay aims to reveal. The motivation behind Inman’s desertion, when he “set his foot on the sill and stepped out of the window”, is not an issue that Frazier ever invites his readers to question. Having been surrounded by the dying, having witnessed the horrors of the first industrialized war which pitted countryman against countryman through the eyes of Inman, one feels deep sympathy. The horrifying battle scenes further add to the sense of the impermanence of escape offered by the war: “The fighting was in the way of a dream, one where you foes are ranked against you countless and mighty. And you are weak.
I am going to compare and contrast the two poems, so that I get a better idea of Owen's attitude to war. Themes are important to any poem because it is what they are about. The main theme in "Dulce et Decorum est" is that it is not a glorious thing to fight for one's country; it is actually a horrific and traumatising experience. This is ironic because the name of the poem translates to "It is a glorious and honorable thing to fight for one’s country". I think Owen has done this so that he can lead up to the last line where he is urging people back at home to cease telling their children the "old lie" and to me this is effective.
He tries to make it seem sensational, and plead to the younger generation by making it come across as heroic. In comparison to Brooks poem Owen describes images related to dying for your nation as cruel, painful and upsetting but Brooke views it as something extremely honorable and something to be proud of. Personally I feel that if you happen to die in the line of battle it is in fact a heroic death. While Brook's poem describes his views of war from an outsiders perspective, Owen's Poem gives an outstanding description of war as he experienced it firsthand. Brooke sees that laying down your life during the line of duty for your country is honorable and heroic, and while you engage the first stanza you will see that Brooke writes: "the rich dead”(1).
This makes it more incisive because she delineates the after effects in personal ordinary lives. Judith Hattaway remarks that “Woolf’s view of the war is different. It does not figure in terms of mud and barbed wire but rather through its points of contact with the ordinary life left behind and in its destruction of a secure past. Woolf actually looks at the ways in which the war has changed contemporary ways of looking at history, social structures, identity and boundaries.” Formally the war is over but in so many ways – the after effects, devastation that has not been compensated for, the horror that lingers in people’s minds – the war persists. As Mrs. Dalloway walks along the streets of London, she makes a very naïve statement, “for it was the middle of June.
From characters, scenery, incidents that embedded in War, we see the cruelty clearly. Tim O'Brien relates how the Vietnam War affected people that engaged in it through artistic storytelling, not on the larger political-economic front, but focus on the senseless slaughter, the plain absence of purpose behind atrocities, on the day-by-day level that him and other solders lived through. Seemly small and even trite, it encourage us and embolden us to face the big word “war” and narrow it down to feel the feeling of people that truly involved. O’Brien grapples with truth and imagination and demonstrates how exposure to the atrocities skewed the soldiers perspectives on what is right and wrong. It horribly wounds individual bodies, lacerates people’s mind.
The Intricately Woven Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five At first glance Slaughterhouse-Five appears to be a simplistic story. It is a short account of a man's experiences in World War II and the effects the war had on his life. But by taking a deeper look into Slaughterhouse-Five we see intricately woven themes, contrasts, and morals. Vonnegut has disguised a great lecture against war and an acceptance of death through the idiocy and simplicity of Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut begins the novel with a warning.
Slaughterhouse Five is a book that should be carefully analyzed and be seen as an inspiration to further improve the well-being of mankind. Vonnegut makes it clear that an easy way to improve mankind is to see war not as a place where legends are born, but rather, an event to be avoided. Intelligent readers and critics alike should recognize Vonnegut’s work and see to it that they make an effort to understand the complexities behind the human condition that lead us to war.
Military men, who are constantly strategizing and planning, do not feel the need to consult with religion or faith. They believe that it will distract them from their manhood and make them weak. Henry describes how "It is only in defeat that we become Christian" (178). In a time when they are meant to be strong and capable, soldiers must focus on fact... ... middle of paper ... ... The war has put Catherine into a very fragile state in which her emotions are deeply shaped by the very likable death that surrounds her.