Running into headlights. Running into the silence of death.” The anaphora of ‘running’ highlights his emotional devastation which shows Tom's paranoia and frustration in the initial stages of the novel. As a result of the crisis, Tom responds adversely to a new start at Coghill. 3. The motif of darkness is frequently used to demonstrate a condition of misery and downhearted: “There aren’t words to say how black and empty pain felt.
“I hate that drum's discordant sound” is the source of his tension and fear at the war; the use of the word “discordant” mirrors his own inner conflict at the war and how he feels about it. Significantly, Scott, like Carson, uses strong imagery to convey feeling of conflict and tension in his poem “The Drum” The imagery is one of horror and death. “And when Ambition's voice commands,” The word “Ambition’s” is like the recruiting officer for an army. It is personifying “Ambition” and showing that the men who want to fight are pushed into it by an officer that makes it sound very enticing. The word commands talks of how the men really don’t have a choice in joining the fight or not as if they are already in the army.
Steinbeck wants the reader to understand the harsh and difficult living conditions the soldiers are living in. Also, Steinbeck wants the reader to feel the emotion and physical pain the soldiers are feeling, “Under extended bombardment…the eardrums are tortured by the blast…your skin feels thick and insensitive. There’s a salty taste in your mouth. A hard, painful knot is in your stomach with undigested food…This is how you feel just after a few days of constant firing.” Steinbeck’s writes such a strong description that the reader can fully understand and even feel the pain the soldiers feel. The essay “Why Soldiers Won’t Talk,” is marked by a clear narrative description of what war is truly like and gives the reader a strong sense of perspective.
The word ‘grabbed’ sounds quite desperate. This adds to the impression pf care. Then: “Alone he staggered” This phrase dramatically adds to the vivid image in the mind of the reader by using the word ‘Alone’. This connotes vulnerability and leaves the soldier very exposed to attack. ‘Staggered’ connotes weakness, as if every ‘step’ is a challenge.
Through this detailed description, Gurganus adds to his argument, making the war sound even more horrific. He is trying to get people to see his perspective, and to make all the glory of war seem meaningless. We send these men over to live in terrible conditions and they don’t even know why they are there
Conflict in any form can prove to be rather distressful and brutal towards an individual. This is evident in the poem Disabled by Wilfred Owen “And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, Legless, sewn short at elbow “, as it displays the emotions and the brutal physical changes of a soldier who has been disabled by battle. Tragically the soldier is very much aware of what he has lost and of what he is never going to have in the future due to his injury “now he will never feel again how slim Girls waists are “. The poem also enforces that it is not only the ones who have died in the battle that pay the price for their participation in the war but also the large amount of those that returned after the war with abhorrent injuries. The two main senses of which we as humans rely most on, seeing and hearing where what mainly drove young youths in undertaking horrific actions towards themselves as individuals.
On page 18, Gene admitted his envy towards Phineas. He thought, “It was hypnotism. I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him…” Gene was an introvert, while Phineas was an extrovert. His jealously of Finny’s trait increased throughout the novel because Finny continued to smooth-talk to get out of trouble.
Shields explores his mind and creates a very interesting and skilful characterisation of a very strange man whose obsession is spiralling out of control. Larry is introduced to the reader as a man whose interest in mazes is described as “a passion, an obsession.” The blunt and sharp nature of this sentence enforces the nature of his interest. However, this does not mean he is willing to confide or admit this with others. The fact that he finds the word obsession “too boxy and broad for the round cavity of his mouth” highlights how awkward he feels around the topic and how unwilling he is to call it an obsession even though deep down he probably knows that it is. This is because he knows that it will not be regarded as normal in the highly conformist society he finds himself in.
The repetition of question marks and dashes illustrate the confusion and frustration witnessing Owens fellow comrades, it is a demanding tone begging for explanation for the entrapment of victims. And as a result, it encourages the reader to consider the impact the war had on both, the soldiers who survived, and those who didn’t. Dulce et Decorum Est brings to reality that war is not what people say it is. Given by its very title, ‘It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country’. Although, it only an illusion reinforced throughout the poem, along with its irony and sarcasm that is ‘The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori’, it is not sweet and fitting to die for ones country.