Compare How Faulks Presents The Destruction Of Man

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Throughout Birdsong, Destruction of man is a constant theme conveyed by Faulks. In part two, Stephen is showed as distant to his to his men, lacking the ability to comfort his men, specifically when Weir refers to Stephen as a “cold bastard” as Stephen is not capable of comforting him. This is completely contradicted in part four, as Stephen expresses that “the grimmer, harder, more sardonic they became, the more he cared for them.” As they have fought together and killed together, the bond between the soldiers is forever growing. Negative diction is used to enforce the terrors of the war and enforced with the ‘rule of three’ showing the forever degrading effects to the soldiers on the front line. The destruction of man is also shown in a more psychological way. Whilst finding their way back to the front line the men found that “there was something automatic now in the way they could find their way in the darkness.” The word automatic advocates they are like machine and they are programmed to recognise it. As they are like machines, it almost makes them sound dispensable or governed by a higher being; they have no feelings or remorse. This psychological, mechanical element is also present again as “they were built to endure and resist.” This quotation is showing the soldiers being “built” in a way that is not humanly necessary; that they have been forced into a psychological frame of mind that is not naturally encountered in human nature. The word “endure” shows the forever, on-going struggle and tiring life of the typical soldier. The word “resist” also has a deeper, more in depth meaning showing both physical and mental connotations. Its physical insinuation is the forever merciless weather in France being the cold harsh winters, and blisteringly hot summers; the mental indicating the mental strength of seeing and coping with the unseen and untold
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