World War I, otherwise known as the Great War, began as a small battle that eventually developed into a prodigious uproar between several countries. An event that could have perhaps been avoided and prevented unnecessary deaths. WWI’s beginnings are controversial and historians throughout the world have several theories about the destructive event. Said to be one of the most disastrous and ruinous struggles between nations, The Great War lasted from July 1914 until November 1918. Referred to as a World War because of the global participation and the international unsettle; this war was exacerbated by 7 million casualties.
While men in the war died due to combat, the majority of the deaths were caused by sickness in the trenches. Whether they were killed, injured, or taken prisoner, it was a huge blow to morale to the allied forces and changed how people viewed war, and this may have caused people to question whether the men who died in the war really died for their country, or for a lost cause. In Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”, the idea of an unglorified death is presented by the use of irony in ... ... middle of paper ... ...f those who began it that cause and effect seemed to have broken down entirely.” WWI, as depicted through the eyes of American poets, left the nation spiritually and physically crippled. In Langston Hughes “Poem to a Dead Soldier,” death had become so impersonal and normal in the war that it no longer carried a sense of heroism along with it. Other poets like Will Cather had similar idead.
For this reason, in the painting the cracks are to represent a broken mind into two parts. The gap serves as a chipped away source of dealing with war. Dividing into the paranoid thoughts in result of the war after effect while the title “Corrosion” incorporated into the helmet symbolizes the paranoid thoughts that chipped away at his psyche. Every crack is what turned Kiley into a sweet, humorous, good intentioned boy to an introvert riddled with disturbed views and though... ... middle of paper ... ...k its toll. In a way both men died that day only Kiley’s destruction was a silent form of a death inflicted upon him.
Furthermore the word “stained” implies that the photographer has been permanently affected, causing him to lose his innocence, like the veterans in “Mental Cases”. “Mental Cases” is about the effects of war on soldier’s mental state. The poem paints a picture of horror and pity for the war veterans. The soldiers are described to be “baring teeth that leer” which suggests animalistic qualities by showing their teeth defensively. The “multitudinous murders they once witnessed” is an alliteration to emphasize the mass killings.
The first of the drastic changes of society was World War 1, which was supposedly the “War to End All Wars.” However, this war was so gruesome that it affected society as a whole and sunk the nations into a period of unknown fate. Authors such as Faulkner lived for these moments to have the ability to build on the depression and write stories such as, “A Rose for Emily.” The time period experiences drastic advancements and changes that greatly influence the content of the story. “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant---a combined gardner and cook had seen in at least ten years. (Faulkner 1)” From the first statement of the entire story, one can assume and infer that the story will contain material that is accented in dark aspects. Throughout the time period of the Great Depression, it was a given that the majority of the population was not fit to pay taxes.
These verses also show that soldiers aren’t the only victims of war. For example, in WWI many families were affected by the deaths of their son, husband, father or brother who died serving their country. Next, WWI took the life of numerous citizens and soldiers. Sandburg voiced this particular problem through his poem “The Four Brothers”: “The graves from the Irish sea to the caucaus peaks are ten times a million” (Appendix 2.2) (“Sandburg and World War I” 141). Being a reporter in Europe during WWI, Sandburg knew the circumstances of the war, he knew that millions of people were dying so he added this verse to his poem in order to describe to the world the result of WWI.
The country had lost its strongest leader and its backbone throughout the entire war. It woul... ... middle of paper ... ...ar in the history of the United States for many reasons. The Civil War changed the people of the United States and the world forever; millions of people were affected by the war. It helped build one of the greatest countries in the world by destroying it almost completely, the turmoil and chaos bettered the country forever. The war changed the vision of the entire country from sporadic and unorganized into a united and focused vision for the future.
People were dying for no reason and the antiwar movement caused people in America to die as well. During the 1960s-1970s people such as Ehrhart had many rebellious views about the war. The anti-war movement was a war within its self because America was divided in half by civilians who were for and against the war, which caused a lot of violent events to emerge. The American-Vietnamese war proved to be a time of great conflict and disruption for the American people due to the violence of the war and the anti-war movement. Ehrhart’s involvement in the anti-war movement played a major role in other Americans lives because, as a spokesperson for the anti-war movement, Ehrhart mentioned how everyone didn’t agree with the antiwar protest.
Looking at the First World War The First World War brought about much destruction and horror to extents that the world had never before seen. With the suffering came a wave of change that saw millions after their opinions towards not only war, but life itself. The romanticised adventure of defending one's country had utterly vanished as people were shown the cruelty and brutality that was associated with the First World War. An unreserved hatred towards those that promoted this fabled ideal emerged and this was exemplified through poetry, literature and above all, the people. The war robbed millions of their homes, families and lives.
The wars also left many soldiers with various mental and physical problems that ruined their social lives. John F. Kennedy once said that “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” For the most part, he is right; if war does not end, it will end humankind. The main problem with this is that most people barely even know how destructive war can be; people believe war is the only way to solve problems with other countries. The problem with that is that war often uncovers or starts new problems that can affect others more than the past problems. Literature has helped people grasp at the understanding of what happens during wars and the problems that it can create.