The speaker starts the poem by saying ‘next to of course god america i love you’. As God is the most powerful person, using exaggeration and placing God and America on the same level shows patriotism and how much he loves his country. As you read further through both poems, the attitudes to war both change. In Bayonet Charge, the soldier starts to panic and confusion starts to creep in. This is evident as the first line of the second stanza says ‘In bewilderment then he almost stopped-‘.
Prior to the beginning of World War I the attitude toward war was extremely positive. People were excited about the war and they greeted it with enthusiasm. In Europe they were told it was going to over by Christmas so people weren’t expecting it to be long nor brutal for that matter. The press romanticized the war with various propaganda; so many men enlisted and were very proud to serve. They viewed it as they were going to be heroes and a victory was on its way; and no men wanted to miss the action.
What ‘Spring Offensive’ tells us is that, when the soldiers were back in their home country, they were told that it would all be easy and over very quickly, they would be heroes. This is not the case as Owen shows us. In this poem we learn that there was a lot of sad waiting around, some waiting for their inevitable death and others depressed over losses of friends, showing that their was time to reflect on the war as Owen did. Also the use of the phrase, “warm fields” is very much contrasting to that of the coldness of war and its own inner brutality. This links with Exposure as we learn that the coldness of the war even effects those in charge, the officers, on the same side as the soldiers Owen was describing, were sending them to their own death to no avail, causing the question to be asked, “what are we doing here?” The repetition of
Just making the reality of hope for survival even less likely, and crushing their spirits. Heroism is not only you signing up for war; it is about you doing something significantly great to help another in need, because you believe that it’s the right thing to do. This book shows us that ordinary people, like Paul can become heroes themselves from the actions they take whilst in the war and that the leaders such as Himmelstos turn into cowards, by cowering in the corner, when the war started to get intense. This book shows many heroic moments that these soldiers did in order to help themselves, and each other out. Paul, in one heroic moment, carried an injured friend, Albert all the way to a camp, only to finally find out that he had died along the way.
In the book Fleming is often with other soldiers but he is isolated till he is able to become a real soldier. The youth would have liked to have discovered another who suspected himself. A sympathetic comparison of mental notes would have been a joy to him (14). This is stated when Fleming is pondering about battle for the first time. He is the only soldier that seems to be frightened of battle and he seeks companions that have the same beliefs.
During 1914-1918 at the time of the First World War the perception on war was very different that it is now, the men were uneducated on what war was like and the hardships they would have to face. The media of the day glorified war and there were no other mass media alternatives that highlighted the problems of war. War was perceived as honorable and manly. All the men were encouraged to join and ‘shirking your duty' was frowned upon. Public opinion in the world at the beginning of the war was optimistic and young men were looked upon to fight for their countries.
“Every man who really loves America will act and speak in the true spirit of neutrality, which is the spirit of impartiality and fairness and friendliness to all concerned.” This quote by Woodrow Wilson shows that he did not want to be part of any war, but rather remain neutral and isolated from others’ affairs. Wilson joined the Great War after this neutrality speech and America suffered many casualties as a result. In order to not have any more unnecessary deaths for conflicts of other countries, Wilson again decided to adopt an isolationist policy in the United States. Adopting an isolationist policy would also boost the economy because Americans would be forced to purchase domestic products. To encourage isolation, the Treaty of Versailles
PTSD changes the victims’ thoughts, opinions and perspectives on almost everything; it affects not only them but their family and friends. I believe Paul was afraid of this happening to either him or his friends if they were to return home. Throughout the first few chapters, Paul describes how ecstatic everyone, including himself, is for the war. At the end of chapter three, Paul says, “And an old buffer was pleased to describe us as ‘young heroes.’” The soldiers were viewed as heroes; this made them look forward to war. Before soldiers were sent off to war, they were viewed
The Abundance Of The Things They Carried Rough Draft “That smile could end wars and cure cancer.” The symbolic connection between The Things They Carried and The Abundance Of Katherines truly shows we’re all connected by the longing of love. In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s characters are oppressed with the strong emotional burden of long distance love. This brings a new light to the classic war book and the emotion conveyed tells a story stronger then the words the O’Brien writes. As a result the characters are brought to life and are morphed into more then just soldiers. The reader feels the longing and the burdens of love the soldiers are conflicted with.
The families were happy that Lincoln would set aside a special place for their fallen loved ones. Lincolns address re-addressed war effort and challenged the outcome that favored the Confederate Army. Although an amazing speech during this time the speech sufficient acclaim from the public. The speech was made at a very volatile time in US history. The Gettysburg Address has much significance to The United States of America.