How do the writers show the relationships between the characters in the poems we have looked at? The poems ‘Nettles’ and ‘Harmonium’ discuss the relationships between a father and son. In the poem nettles the father, who is caring for his 3 year old son, is trying to protect him. In harmonium it discusses a relationship between a son and his elderly father. In nettles Scannell talks about a young boy, aged 3, who had fallen into a bed of nettles in his garden.
Through his poems, Owen highlights the unjust experiences of soldiers to create a protest against the bureaucracy because of how they justified the harming and killing of many for their own political gain. He does this by highlighting the actions and inactions of the bureaucracy that contribute to benefit of the administration. This can be explored in his poems ‘Parable of the Old Man and the Young’ (Parable) and the epic war poem ‘Disabled’. These two poems employ Owens message of anti-war sentiment to establish a connection with the audience through his manipulation of poetic techniques. Owen highlights such unjust experiences of the soldiers to augment his argument against the bureaucracy.
I began to feel more comfortable knowing, I wasn’t the only one that was nervous. As my group of friends expanded at sign ups, and the first few practices, my self confidence grew. Self confidence, I believe, is one of the building blocks for young boys, as they develop mentally and physically into young men. I’m no different. Football training started a full month before school.
We can tell that the writer resents and is frustrated by his father as it says “and he being him can’t help but say.......... and I, being me” which shows that he is frustrated at their relationship. However the Harmonium is used to describe his father so therefore his family life whereas in Nettles it is reversed. The Nettles, that had caused pain for the boy, is actually describing soldiers and war therefore the underlying message is not about family but about war and the underlying message
in the laughing man, the narrator goes back to a place in his past where he grew up listening to a story from his chief about a child who was kidnapped and turned into a hideous creature. this creature is called the laughing man and if you look at his face you would faint and then die. the mans face had flesh-sealed nostrils and an enormous oral cavity for a mouth. as the story went on it ended with the laughing man dying and the story was never revisited again. when the story was over billy walsh the youngest Comanche bursted into tears and the narrator's knees were shaking.
It is clear that at the beginning of this excellent comedy Oliver and Orlando are not the best of friends, in spite of their sibling relationship. Note the way that in Act I scene 1 they fight, and Orlando, having his brother trapped in some kind of wrestling hold, tells us that his brother has committed the following crimes against him: My father charged you in his will to give me good education. You have trained me like a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like qualities. The spirit of my father grows strong in me, and I will no longer endure it! Clearly the hatred that they feel for one another is expressed through their behaviour and the words they use for each other, such as when Oliver insultingly calls his brother a "boy" and he tells the Duke that he hates Orlando just as much as he does, knowing that this will be bad for his brother.
Signs and Symbols: Order Obscuring Illicit Chaos “Signs and Symbols” by Vladimir Nabokov presents an expatriate elderly couple whose son has become incurably unhinged with an acute form of paranoia called referential mania. Referential mania causes the son to recognize patterns in his surroundings and believes that it is a veiled reference to his existence. Nabokov depicts the nature of order versus chaos predominately through the use of imagery; the author unveils the notion that underneath the oppressive nature of order in society lies savage chaos. The opening paragraph of the short story is the first introduction of chaos, the elderly couple could not decide on a birthday gift because any man-made objects were to him “hives of evil, vibrant with a malignant activity that he alone could perceive, or gross comforts for which no use could be found in his abstract world.” This is the initial indication of the chaotic world in which the young man lives, due to his ailment he perceives objects as evil and harmful; his world is distorted from reality. Nabokov introduces the initial sanitarium visit with the devastating news that the young man had attempted suicide: “he had again attempted to take his life” which unveils the state of referentially mad young man who in attempt at suicide desired to escape his anarchic world.
Owen compares soldiers fighting in war to sick old men because it shows that soldiers are like outcasts from society. At the top left of the poster, the image shown represents the difficulty and the terrible physical outcomes, soldiers found travelling on ground particularly in sludges as Wilfred Owen states in the first stanza: “Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge” The use of the word Knock-kneed is alliteration for emphasis, a hard, staccato sound to echo the harsh mood of these lines and soldier’s misery. It stresses echo the brutality of the soldiers’ destruction, their transformation from healthy young men into ‘beggars’ and ‘hags’. The use of the word coughing compares men to sick women, showing how they are unrecognisable; they have lost their masculinity, youth, health and therefore are now deemed to be outcast’s within the society. The word sludge is onomatopoeia to imply how heavy and difficult the ground is to cross for soldiers.
Anne Sexton tells of Icarus plunging to his death “while his sensible daddy goes straight to town,” in her poem ‘To a Friend Whose Work has come to Triumph.’ In the myth Daedalus searches the ocean for his lost son. Maybe he feels guilty for being the maker of such faulty wings. Or perhaps he blames his son for not heeding his warnings, and really is callous in reactions. When reading variations of this myth, they almost speak to your own life’s experiences and lessons we have all learned. These authors explore the relationship between classical myth and contemporary life.
Sassoon uses blameful language to describe the ruthless of government in order to reveal the ugly hidden massage as settling the situation. At the beginning of the poem, he uses the phrase “simple” (l.1) to imply innocence, as well as using “solider boy” (l.1) to adumbrate the character is in his early age. The unfriendly government that currently send young soldiers into a dreadful condition. The phrase “crumps and lice” (l.6) describes the terrible hygienic conditions in the army environment. Lacking of aims in the army originates from the nerves and sadden, hence they need a way to relief, “lack of rum” (l.6) defines rum was given to troops, steadying nerves, increasing confidence and forget.