All Quiet on the Western Front A soldier in World War I tries to escape death, but death is all around him. In the anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by the German author Erich Maria Remarque, Paul Baumer is cast as the main protagonist as he tells his accounts of how it is being a soldier in World War I. As the war becomes a strong part of Paul Baumer life’s and defines who he is, Paul becomes physically and mentally affected as he may leave the war, but the war will never leave him. The war leaves Paul Baumer physically scarred. As they are engaging in war against the enemy, Paul describes his comrades and himself as he proclaims: “We have become wild beasts.
Although, she does admit even she was shocked when listening to the speech, as she explains “the line was not believable”. From this I can conclude that source one doesn’t wholly hold Churchill responsible for the 1945 election defeat, however the reliability of the source is questionable as it is bias towards the conservative party. Source two, an extract from Lord Butler’s memoirs, clearly shows opposition to not only Churchill but also the conservative party, Lord Butler for example describes Churchill’s speech as a “negative attack on the labour party” and believed that he should have instead focused on “post-war policies”. By describing Churchill’s use of the word “Gestapo” as a “strategic blunder” shows that Butler is blaming Churchill in having played a role in the defeat of the 1945 election. Although both members of the conservative party, Butler and Churchill were political enemies, this is evident when looking at the extract: “a poor third place to the concentrated exploitation of Churchill’s personality” – this is a personal attack on Churchill’s actions.
Sunflower Response In the book, The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal writes of an incident occurring when he was a Nazi concentration camp prisoner. Barely surviving himself, and while on a work detail, a nurse summons Wiesenthal to the hospital bed of a young and dying Nazi soldier, Karl, who seeks forgiveness from a Jew for the atrocities and murders he carried out against them. Wiesenthal had to decide at the moment, when he was by Karl’s side, whether or not to forgive him. He left the soldier’s side without saying a word. The next day, the nurse who had summoned Wiesenthal the day before told him Karl had died.
To fit with the heightened realism of the play, I would exaggerate the mental pain that the character is going through by associating some lines with physical pain, such as ‘But my mother, and her bed mate Aegisthus, Split open his head with a murderous axe’. I would clutch my head as if it was giving me a migraine causing huge pain. I would also emphasise Electra’s vengefulness by raising my voice and becoming incredibly angry in the lines where she is praying to the gods for help ‘ Help me Hades and Persephone, Hermes of Hell and Lady Curse […] Come, help me avenge the murder of my father’. When Electra says’ ‘ the weight of grief crushes me down’ I would show this physically, by dropping down to the floor as if I had been crushed, as I think it would help to portray how Electra is beginning to break down. I feel that this would help to emphasis the characters desperation to the audience and helps the audience to empathise with the character.
Again it shows the confusion of the war that has taken away Billy’s sense and strip away who Billy is. Throughout the novel Vonnecut tries condemn war by showing the absurdity and stupidity though black humor. But at same time he knows it won’t do too much as he said that there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as
Remarque uses the First World War as a primary setting in All Quiet on the Western Front to show the frontline experiences of Paul Baumer, an 18-year-old recruit for the German army who loses his innocence through his experiences in war. The opening of the novel juxtaposes the instances Paul considers “wonderfully good” (7) with instances of pure terror and fear on the battlefields of France, forcing him to become “hard, suspicious, pitiless, vicious, tough…” (26). Remarque uses the battlefield’s unrelenting violence to communicate a sense of terror amongst the soldiers in his vivid depictions of “shells, gas clouds, and flotillas of tanks – shattering, corroding, death. Dysentary, influenza, typhus – scalding, choking, death. Trenches,
The Counterculture obviously relates to Kesey theory of drugs being the key to an individual liberation. When Kesey was in the process of writing the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest the Korean War was still a fresh memory, and then in shock came World War II after. According to Kesey war can cause trauma to patients. Following the daily beast article many of the patients in the nove One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest suffered from war trauma. For example, “Old Colonel Matterson thinks he’s still in World War I, Billy Bibbit suffered a breakdown in ROTC training when he couldn’t answer the drill officer’s command without stuttering, and McMurphy, who received a dishonorable discharge in the Korean War for insubordination” (American Dreams).
This coolness forces the audience to feel sympathy towards those subject to warfare. This backs up Dawes ideas in weapons training that war makes people less sensitive, demonstrated by the sexist and racist attitudes shown, for example ‘turning the key in the ignition’ which suggests he thought of women as merely ‘devices’ and ‘Charlies are coming at you you cn smell their rotten fish sauce breath hot on the back’ which displays a strong hatred and disgust towards the enemy.which is commercial television at the beg Dawes has written the poem in subtle mocking tone by using over-enthusiastic words such as ‘roaring empyrean’, ‘shrapnelled with rapture’, ‘passion’ and ‘hope of
Therefore we are losing our ability to determine what right and wrong looks like. Winston the main character of 1984, is attracted to the brotherhood because they are revolutionary yet he does not know why resistance is a good thing. He gets tortured for something he does not know why he has an affinity for and this is exactly what Postman meant, we are amusing ourselves yet we have no idea why we are laughing. We are gradually becoming apathetic on what should matter and we are a basically just going with the flow. We are refusing to ask uncomfortable questions in fear of questioning our sanity and this where schools come
Just prior to this passage, Death describes how Rudy Steiner dies at the end of the book. Marcus Zusak's employment of foreshadowing places emphasis on the events in Nazi Germany that lead the characters to their ends. 7. "There were the erased pages of Mein Kampf, gagging, suffocating under the paint as they turned." (237) Max whitewashes, a brief retelling of his life, his family's persecution by the Nazis, and his friendship with Liesel.