Making Catch-22 the remarkable as well as groundbreaking masterpiece it is today. Catch-22 is one of Heller’s greatest works because the book consisted of satirical humor which eased the thought of war. Heller changed the way America looked at war by showing the readers another side of war that could only be seen if one had participated in a war themselves, such as WW II. He had turned the realism of war into a surrealistic masterpiece “Mr. Heller’s novel changed the formula, and in the process lifted realism to new surrealistic level” (Solomita).
Cormac McCarthy has truly been deemed a badass due to his unique style as an author. The four ways a reader can recognize that it is a McCarthy novel is that McCarthy is not afraid of going into the “dark side” of America, he makes violence into a beautiful thing, he ignores the rules of grammar, and he is a master at creating brilliant and violent characters (10 reasons McCarthy Is a Badass). McCarthy knows that behind our sunlight, American mythologies have a dark side stained with blood (10 reasons McCarthy is a badass). In McCarthy’s novels No Country for Old Men and The Road, there are some of the more recognizable McCarthy novels showing the true dark side of America. The Road introduces what life would be like after the apocalypse in America.
The poet is saying that people should not talk about war as enthusiastically as it gives the impression that war is glorious. Furthermore, he says that the idea that ’it is sweet and right’ to die for your country is entirely untrue. Through this, we are able to form the opinion that war is not okay because it is a serious thing that carries many negative consequences. In Wilfred Owen’s poem Dolce et Decorum est, the use of similes conveys the harsh reality of war on soldiers as it changes them dramatically and kills the majority of them. In the first two lines of the poem, Owen uses the similes “Bent double like old beggars under sacks, knocked kneed, coughing like hags” to paint a grim picture in readers minds of how the soldiers were.
For example the first chapter ends with everyone in the hospital ward leaving due to the incredibly obnoxious good natured Texan, except the CID man who had come down with Pneumonia. The second chapter beings "In a way the CID man was pretty lucky, because outside the hospital the war was still going on." Heller uses satire to tackle another of the major themes of Catch 22 which is that of greed, and the amorality of corporations. Figure headed by Milo Minderbinder, as mess officer with a masterful talent for entrepreneurship who he lacks any sort of moral compass or conscience, and being naturally human cares almost exclusively for his own interests. He is brilliant in turning his role as mess officer into a huge syndicate which takes control of the black market and through various monetary tricks and contortions flourishes into M & M Enterprises (Two M’s so that people don’t realize it is in fact a one man operation) .
George Orwell's book 1984, written in 1948 in a post war context, warned about the dangers of a totalitarianism society. He penned the book after seeing the effects of the Cold War firsthand which had just ended not long before. Orwell's book is a portrayal of the perfect totalitarianism society in which he explores the consequences in depth with the use of many language techniques to contribute to the frightening aura. His overall use of language as power makes the book terrifying to readers. Orwell shows that language is of high importance to human thoughts as it structures ideas that one is capable of thinking.
ANTICHRIST: A DISCUSSION Posted In Dialogues,Featured,Web Exclusives Dense, shocking, and thought-provoking, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist is a film which calls for careful analysis. This web-exclusive exchange between Film Quarterly editor Rob White and philosopher Nina Power is meant as a first attempt at the in-depth debate that this major film deserves. SPOILER WARNING: Please be aware that the piece assumes familiarity with Antichristand does contain major plot spoilers. For ease of reference, a synopsis is provided at the end. Rob White: Antichrist is already making headlines because of the explicitness of its sexual violence (especially two acts of genital mutilation).
It is the darker side that gives gleam to your personality. Robert Louis Stevenson had one major ambition, and that was to split these two characters apart as much as possible. Starting with Dr. Jekyll, who is this well respected, careful, admirable professional from an upper class family to this evil character Edward Hyde who is a deformed cruel, wicked murderer. When it came to comprehending the book I thought to myself that Mr. Hyde is the horrible, disgraceful being but then I realized that Mr. Hyde isn’t at all truly evil. In my opinion I feel that Dr. Jekyll is in fact the real corruption of all this.
Whilst Roald Dahl writes in a comical style that is relatable, which complements the social applicability of the subject matter. The different approaches of these authors leads to a question on the effectiveness and issues of both techniques. Swastika is a good example of a more satirical approach towards influencing the reader. Swastika is a story that tries to influence the reader by showing the absurdity of the conspiracy theories using strong Juvenalian satire. An example of this is after the operation to swap bodies and larynxes between the President and Hitler there were no “operating scars… no recuperating period…” (Charles Bukowski, Swastika) the absurdity, not to mention impossibility, of this is an obvious sign of what the author is trying to achieve.
“Is war ever justified?” The history of war is as old as the first murder.It is a heinous act which is usually performed either for defend,wealth or property.To those of us who are horrified by war, it is easy to say at once that war is never justified and will totally disagree with this topic. Nevertheless, there are some circumstances in which going to war are justified. Like the war against Jews by Palestinian, war against Indian army by Kashmiries is justified. So I totally agree with this topic that, “Is war ever justified.” First of all, we see that countries are often forced to go to war to defend themselves. A defensive war certainly seems justified.
Owen also seeks to expose the betrayal of the authorities throughout poems such as ‘Disabled’ and ‘The parable of the old man and the young.’ He expresses how they acted with a disregard for the lives of their countries young men. Religion and its betrayal during the war is also emphasized by Wilfred Owen in ‘Anthem for doomed youth.’ He shows how the belief in religion did nothing to dampen the grim realities of war and he even begins to question his own beliefs. Another way Owen feels he has been betrayed is through the way society treated those soldiers who had suffered both mental and physical injuries. They were labelled as cowards and looked down upon. This is best shown in the poem ‘Disabled.’ Owen was ultimately driven by the betrayal of the authorities, religion and society and he used his horrifying experiences of the war to exemplify this betrayal.