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.
Compare and Contrast Essay By: Maisha Moon “War” By: Luigi Pirandello “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” By: Michael Bruce “War” By: Luigi Pirandello is all about an old man trying to explain to people how just because our men are going off to war it doesn’t mean that we should grieve them, he says we should celebrate that they are doing something for their Country’s and for themselves. “Gentlemen your verdict” By: Michael Bruce is a story about a man who is faced with a difficult decision. It seems that the two short stories couldn’t be any different; however they do have some similarities. The two stories in my mind could connect to each other, and both stories have a kind of “epiphany” moment where the protagonist has to come to terms with something difficult. Although I could only come up with a few similarities the list of differences are way larger.
The Charge of the Light Brigade “Half a league, half a league/ half a league onward/ All in the valley of death/ Rode the six hundred.” The Battle of Balaclava is perhaps one of the most famous battles of the Crimean War. Though the charge was a failure, due to poor military intelligence and communication, the British cavalry has been forever immortalised for their fearlessness in the face of adversity. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson uses various literary techniques to create the tone of exhilaration and to present the Light Brigade in an honourable way. Tennyson uses strong imagery, metaphors, various biblical allusions, rhetorical questions, repetition and many other poetic devices to project the bravery of the Light Brigade to the audience. Alfred, Lord Tennyson has written a rousing poem with an immensely hypnotic beat.
History-WWI Paige Nussey Do you agree with the view that Conscientious Objectors were treated fairly by the authorities during the First World War? There is no doubt that the governments use of the tribunals were only for good intentions and to aid the war effort. However things such as the Military Service Act ensured that as many men as possible were signed up for the war. Nevertheless there were many men who opposed this, as it not only provoked them but also went against their beliefs, these were called conscientious objectors. The tribunals ensured that these ‘Conjies’, as they were known, were dealt with in an appropriate manner and would make a dictation as to their punishment.
Wilfred Owen was an active soldier during WWI, who used his horrific experiences during the war to write his poems. His poems stemmed from his views on war, as he believed that although war was sometimes necessary, it was futile and evil. Two of his poems, ‘Exposure’ and ‘Disabled’ both reveal the price paid by soldiers during WWI. ‘Exposure’ examines the more psychological effects on the soldiers and is written from the view of the soldiers on the front line, ‘Disabled’ shows the aftermath and repercussion of fighting in WWI and the physical damage it caused. The first word in ‘Exposure’ is ‘our’ and is written in first person plural, showing the reader that Owen wanted to convey the plight of the universal soldier and how they all suffered the same fate, no matter their side.
Lee is shamed by what has happened to his country, his family and to him. He is desperate to strike back, to carry the war to the invaders and make a difference. One of the main things Ellie finds attractive about the plan for the attack on the bridge is that the idea brings so much life back to Lee. Extract 1: Lee, an intense young man "Tomorrow, When The War Began", Ch 13, p178, Lee's interest in Ellie " There was Lee, who kept looking at me with his possum eyes, as though his wounded leg was the only thing stopping him from leaping up and grabbing me. I was a little afraid of the depth of feeling in those beautiful eyes."
Saving Private Ryan is known for its success of time period, action, sound, and all around war effects. It is difficult to critique such a spot on World War II movie. Saving Private Ryan is not based on a true story but it was influenced by an event in history. Robert Rodat, the writer of the film, was influenced to write a story like this because he witnessed a memorial of eight siblings that all died during the Civil War.
When all the men started humming together, I was actually amazed. I didn’t think that those people would be able to snap out of war mode and actually be able to bond together like that. I think that experience, (even though this movie is fictional) would have helped the men at war. I feel like it would make them look out for one another instead of “every man for himself.” That scene really tied them together as more than just soldiers, but brothers as well.
Pope thinks that war was good and it was Ok to die during it but Owen strongly disagreed with that. Sassoon uses the title Attack to describe what the poem is about. The poem is about the attack on no-man’s land so he just simply decides not to confuse he reader with what he is talking about. Although in the poem he confuses the reader in a way that they don’t understand the horrors of the war. Owen portrays the horrors of the war by focusing on one person and aspect within the war, the gas attacks.
Owen highlights such unjust experiences of the soldiers to augment his argument against the bureaucracy. Parable of the old man and the young is a didactic poem which alludes to a story in Genesis 22:5 and is about Abrams sacrifice to a higher power. In WW1, many soldiers were being sent to fight in an unnecessary war, killing thousands upon thousands of men, for the aid of foreign power. This notion of injustice can be seen in ‘Parable’ where an ‘angel’ tries to ‘offer the Ram of pride instead of him’ to Abram. The biblical allusion of the term ‘angel’ symbolises a moral conscience, in the hope of changing Abrams mind, as well as on a didactic level, symbolising the mothers and loved ones of the soldiers.