This unspecified and detached account of this action and the death in general, shows the way in which the members of the platoon deal with the complexity of the war experience. So much so that O’Brien is able to turn the story of Curt Lemon to a love story. Many go into a war story expecting to hear about triumph, pride, courage, and sacrifice. However, O’Brien claims that a true war story will shatter all previous expectations of a war story and instead be about evil and more obscene things. O’Brien says, “A true war
Swift’s reliance on irony and satire were clever in writing his piece. Irony, as you well know, is a technique of indicating an intention opposite to what was actually stated. Satire is the use of irony, sarcasm, and ridicule to attack a shortcoming; in this case, the depravation of needs from Ireland. By making a mockery of the situation, Swift, in effect, is making a mockery of the cause of the situation – the British. Throughout this passage, he states horrors such as “I rather recommend buying the children alive, and dressing them hot from the knife, as we do roasting pigs.” (p. 916, LOC) and “Those who are more thrifty may flay
The name of the poem implies that the poet was a proponent of war, but contradictorily we discover that he was not. Undoubtedly, Owen had the practical, realistic knowledge to informatively and effectively portray the war scene. He experienced first-hand the physical, psychological and emotional effects of war on a human being. Although both speakers had contradictory concepts about war based on their own values, knowledge and experiences, they presented their theories with equivalent zeal, tenacity and passion. The speakers are fixated in their beliefs, and adamant about their concepts of war.
O'Brien once describes his friend Rat Kiley's stories, which were not lies, per se, but he “wanted to heat up the truth, to make it burn so hot that you would feel exactly what he felt” (O'Brien 85). By creating the character of Rat Kiley and making him out to be a storyteller who enjoys lying to make his stories more dramatic, O'Brien succeeds in relaying the confusion of the war. Because of his description of Kiley's storytelling, there is a brief sense of surrealism within the passage that brings out the true nature and role of fiction of war. Later in the novel, O'Brien replays a conversation between two of his friends, in which Henry Dobbins claims that “I do like churches. The way it feels inside.
Quite alternatively, some poems demonstrate a more realistic representation of war such as Kenneth Slessor’s poem “Beach Burial” and the first excerpt from the film production ‘Saving Private Ryan’ which encapsulate the futility of war and the intolerable atrocities on innocent lives. These texts all demonstrate how the attitude towards war
Jessica C Anthem for a Doomed Youth: Wilfred Owen Thesis statement: In "Anthem for a Doomed Youth" Wilfred Owen questions the social, religious and political values of the 20th century by using a variety of poetic techniques. Introduction War poetry became an influential genra amongst the British population during the First World War, people admired the truthfulness of the authors who spoke of the horrors that they experienced through poetry. Owen Wilson was one of the most praised authors of his times; his poems depicted the brutality and the horror of war with depth and reality, his art was a mix between criticism of war and patriotism for his country and fellow soldiers. In “Anthem for a Doomed Youth”, Wilfred Owen questions social, religious and political values of the 20th century by using a variety of poetic techniques. Owen depicts the human cost of war and the social and religious ritual’s inability to commemorate properly the dead.
It would be reasonable to name John Steinbeck the author with best effect in modeling views of a particular era in American history. His piece of the puzzle in our nations history is the years included by the Great Depression. Stenibecks most highly regarded novel, The Grapes of Wrath, has been so dispersed throughout American society since being published in 1939 that it has influenced the perception of the times of the Great Depression and the following westward movement. The novel was successful in its symbolism, which may have been the intention. However, it is somewhat inaccurate in small areas historically.
Is America still the bully? This poem is really interesting combining history and imagery at the same time. Irony is a central theme in the poem. Roosevelt statue seems to be assigned with a role of the bully since we know who the weaker party was during the Spanish American War. The imagery of war is associated with the sounds of the poem.
I find Moliere’s play, Tartuffe, to be entertaining for the underlying message of historical hypocrisy which it sheds to light. After reading the comedy of Tartuffe, I can only agree that it is an intellectual whirlwind of classical genius which tantalizes even the modern mind by echoing to us the importance of scrutinizing the narratives and analyzing the flaws and follies alike which are evident even within our own era. Tartuffe stands out to me because of the power that resonated from the creation of this societal satire and the fact that unlike other works of the era which were forced to fall in line with a strict code of adherence generated by the aristocracy of the classical era, this piece served as a direct challenge to the narrative
What plays might it be compared to? What is the effect of mingling comedyand tragedy in the same play?9. Bertold Brecht was one of the great innovators of the twentieth-century stage because of his "epic theater"; manycritics have seen a similarity between Brecht and Wilder's works, and this despite the fact that their politicalviews are very different from each other. Read Brecht's Mother Courage (also a war play) and discuss howBrecht and Wilder use non-realistic staging. What are the similarities?