All they end up doing though is becoming another casualty, another statistic, dying in a war that had no real reason. The only thing those soldiers ended up doing was proving that war truly is futile. What about the families of those dead soldiers? Are they comforted by the fact that their family members are incredibly brave? No, they are not, all they know is that their son or brother is gone, and the only reason for their loss, is a war which is completely futile, a pointless war which destroyed an entire generation.
Today we regret the actions that we made in war and so do other countries involved. Most of the time it was all the signs and messages before they had even left. Terrible pictures of propaganda depicting life if the enemy won making everyman feel it would be there fault if they didn’t help. Posters forcing them to join and even more posters dehumanizing the enemy. This happened on both sides and led to an unrelenting hate to each other.
“what passing-bells… for these who witnessed it”. Through the use of alliteration, soldiers were dehumanised and their parents had no loved ones to comfort them and mourn for them. Moreover, due to the enormous amount of soldiers dying they “didn’t have enough bells” to mourn all their children which depicts such a tragic loss on a huge scale. Owen puts forward the things the soldiers had to go through and how that resulted in their death or illnesses after being dehumanised and if they survived, when they returned home from the war. The feeling of paranoia and depression has caused the decrease of the soldiers’ emotional wellbeing.
Even thought some soldiers survived the shellings and gas, they were still destroyed by the war. Many men were destroyed by the war mentally. The Soldiers that survived the war and came home almost all had PTSD and were mentally ill from what they had seen or experienced. (Chapter 5, pg.87) "The war has ruined us for everything” This quote means that what they have seen and done in the war has transformed them into only being able to think of and understand the life of war. War becomes what they live and breath and cannot comprehend with other jobs that do not relate to war and the horrifying killing that they were trained to do.
Anthem for the Doomed Youth The poem ‘Anthem for the Doomed Youth’ illustrates how ritual marks the deaths of soldiers who are slaughtered in battle. “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?” Owen then answers his own question, pointing out that there are no special occasions or pleasant ceremonies on the front, only the sounds of weapons and battle, which he compares to a demented sort of song and ceremony. The men that have sacrificed their lives and paid the ultimate price are treated heartlessly and with little regard. Those that have fallen are not honoured in the appropriate manner. “No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; nor any voice of mourning save the choirs” is a succession of negatives which enhances the gloom stricken tone of the poem and the hopelessness of the soldiers.
In result of this, this cause loads of deaths. To conclude the actions from the officers were a very important factor in causing a high death toll in World War One. This was mainly down to their naivety, ineptness and how out of touch they really were. There loss of seeing things for how they really were, was another reason why there army lost so many of their men. In some cases it seemed the army were being sent in blind, as the officers refused to change their old fashioned
Their blind obedience which Tennyson counts as valor condemned many of them to an early grave. Tennyson writes of the “Charge” to help the survivors of this failed military endeavor avoid the disdain of the British public that soldiers returning from defeat often face. Tennyson begins his poem by invoking the feelings of sadness and dread in the readers. He does this by reminding them of the fact that all the men of the Light Brigade had faced Death, not just the ones that perished. By using a lowercase “v” for valley and an
The idea of separating the people by just appearance and segregating one for the other is an act of unjustness and is inhumane. Inhumanity it presented through the entire documentary as the large countries, the French and the UN acted heartlessly against the Rwandans. When they are in great desperation for aid in their war the other countries refuse to assist them in peace keeping and instead just evacuated their own people leaving the Rwandans to their fight, alone. Thousands of innocent Rwandans were brutally murdered by their own kind as a result of the lack of support due to the inhumane nature of the other countries, as they found no benefit in saving the Rwandans. As a result of this inhumanity the massacre of innocents became inevitable and therefore, it can be understood what the consequences of inhumane behaviour will be.
Nothing should be sugar coded because many lives were lost and many individuals suffered a great deal and everyone should understand why. In McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field” he explains life before and after war. There was once a time when they experience the feeling of love and the enjoyment of life, but now they lay dead looking back at the life they had to give up to fight in war. Those who have died have passed the torch to the next generation of soldiers. This proved that the peace treaty didn’t solve the problem and a new war would occur.
Owen starts the second stanza with an ironic ‘merry.’ The war front was not a happy place, but a place filled with intense pain and death. In the next line Owen exposes reality of how ‘death becomes absurd and life absurder’ and how soldiers lost all morality and became desensitised as they felt no ‘remorse of murder.’ The soldiers were trained to be mindless tools of their government as they did what they were ordered to do without questioning the morality of what they were instructed to do. Owen personifies fear as something which can be ‘dropped off’. Fear can be paralysing which can be disastrous for a soldier. ‘Behind the barrage, dead as my platoon’