It shows how men felt while signing up to the army or air force. The second, opposing viewpoint is given by Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’. Throughout the poem Owen describes to us the truths, horrors and tragedies of war. Finally, Owen’s ‘Disabled’ explores the effects of war on soldiers and others who progress through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past. The main purpose of ‘Who’s for the Game?’ was to glamorise the war and to encourage people to sign up.
These poems are all written by the poet Wilfred Owen. I’m comparing the speeches and poems to give the different views on what people thought about war. In Henry V speech Saint Crispin’s day Henry V speaks a lot of glory, honour and brotherhood. All these ideas can inspire even the most despairing and oppressed men. This speech is very powerful and when someone is feeling unmotivated and depressed it has the ability to stir you to focus.
After all, he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Maybe he has become so fragile due to war; the wall he has built around him only distances him from loved ones. This is why we sense a conditional relationship – the repetition of the word “after” in the first couplet gives the story importance because
A literary commentary of “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke is an English nationalist and patriotic poem. It glorifies the heroism of the English soldiers who fought during World War 1. Figurative language and symbols help establish the reader’s understanding of the two main ‘themes’ of the poem: patriotism and transformation. The title of the poem - “The Soldier” raises many questions – the reader is unsure of what the poem is going to be about, although, we expect it to refer to violence and war directly. The use of the definite article “The” makes the title more specific to one soldier, as opposed to “A Soldier”.
The fact that ‘Journey’s End’ has evidently more characters to that of ‘Not about Heroes’, allows Sherriff to explore how the soldiers express their sense of duty through their actions by not letting their comrades down. For instance, in Act 2 Stanhope manipulates Hibbert’s guilt ‘“If you went – and left Osborne and Trotter and Raleigh and all those men up there to do your work – could you ever look a man straight in the face again”’. For the audience, they see that Stanhope intends to create a sense of guilt in Hibbert as this attitude displays to the audience that the soldiers have to rely on each other and act responsibly and collectively in order to survive, leaving no room for selfishness, meaning that they be putting their comrades second. This emphasises that thinking and acting collectively was simply a matter of life and death. Similarly, in Act 2 of ‘Not about Heroes’, Sassoon makes a stand to say he would never betray his comrades and wouldn’t ‘lead’ his ‘Company to be slaughtered’.
It seems like an odd conversation but the men were using whatever they could to get their minds off of the war. “Gentlemen your Verdict” is about a commander in a war who gets placed himself in a tricky situation he has to choose between morals and saving lives. “War” reminds me of while the war was happening, the families are morning their loses and “G.Y.V” is more after the war since it’s a flashback. I compared these because for me they are connected into one story. The two stories were written at different times “War” was based in 1914 but wasn’t published until
The poem starts with a rhetorical question “and we have done with war at last?” it’s as if the writer can’t quite comprehend the fact that the war is actually over and he no longer has to suffer, then he goes to reflect on the fact that they have both survived and the word “we’ve” points to the writer including a fellow soldier in his contemplation of the war it’s as if the two men are bonded by their experience but also by the fact that they both survived when so many others didn’t. The poem then goes to talk about how strong their friendship is and that they “closely bound by firmer stuff” i.e. the war which clearly show comradeship between fighting men. The repletion of the word “by” in the first stanza highlights the friendship cemented by all the things they have seen and heard and all
This means he is described as fragile and precious because of his injuries, with his punctured lung described as delicate as “parachute silk”. These images show Laura’s tenderness for her husband and how she wants to protect him. Similarly, Scannel also chooses imagery of war for what is really only a minor childhood incident. He refers to the spears of the nettles, calling them a “regiment” and, when he has cut them down and they have grown back again, he refers to them as “tall recruits”. This war and battle imagery used in the poem helps the reader to understand deeper, about the metaphorical meaning of this poem; that it is not just about comforting his son from the pain of the nettles, but also about the future pain of which he knows he will experience in his life.
Rather than dwell in the regrets of his past, he welcomes the memories into his imagination and the outcome of his life’s work. He says, “I think of myself not as a soldier anymore. That’s all over. I think of myself as someone who now and then writes about the war” (O’Brien, “An Interview with Tim O’Brien”). O’Brien has overcome the dark days that he was a soldier by taking responsibility for the things he has done through storytelling.
In “The Mystery of Heroism,” on p. 475 it said the war was going on and there were shots fired. This shows that during the story the war was going on. On the other hand, in the picture, it shows the aftermath of the war, and how they won already because they were putting the flag up. Heroism shows the short story and picture have things in common. In the story, on p. 474, Collins doesn’t think he is a hero because he has