After that Lennie is killed, shattering all hopes and dreams George had, as well as ending a long term relationship. ‘why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?’, during the 1930’s America was going through ‘The Great Depression’ everything that people lived on were hopes and dreams because people had nothing else to keep them going but the determination to fulfill the American dream ; power, fame and fortune. The murder of the one dog created a domino effect which shattered dreams, took away lives and ended relationships. The death of the puppy could foreshadow the ending of Curley’s wife, ‘a little dead puppy that lay in front of him’, the puppy was small helpless and delicate as was she. Both could not manage the power of Lennie and both ended up on the hay dead and alone ‘Curley’s wife lay with a half covering of yellow hay.
As the Jewish children rode the trains to their death they saw a plethora of grapes and were blinded by the sun. The speaker again mentions the children in the poem most likely because he was a child as the war occurred. The speaker can imagine what the starving children were seeing as they passed vineyards. The speaker says “The tireless Lorelei / can never comb from their hair / the crimson beards of the murdered rabbis” (lines 9-11). The Lorelei in the poem are the Nazis that murdered millions of rabbis and they will never be able to wash the blood off their hands.
Taking Hector’s life didn’t give Achilles satisfaction hence he ties his corpse to the chariot and desecrates his body for eleven days. Later on his realises that his barbaric actions were caused by the “grief” his was experiencing “before his hear was clogged with a smoky poison”. Somax, “ordinary carter” who has lost his wife and all his children, left only with his daughter-in-law and granddaughter, grieves in silence but he does experience few anger issues but it is only expressed on a few occasions only. He had “punched” his eldest son out of anger because he had questioned him. After that he had felt like “punching” Beauty “the beautiful mule” who had knocked his second son into the stream but “that wouldn’t have bought him back”.
In the poem ‘Poppies’, the mother feels very sad; “Three days before Armistice Sunday and poppies had already been placed on individual war graves” this is a reminder that war kills people which makes her sad as her son might be killed in war. She also feels very scared; “I pinned one onto your lapel, crimped petals, spasms of paper red, disrupting a blockade of yellow bias binding around your blazer” this suggests that she might be thinking of her son which wounds her emotionally as he might be wounded in war. Similarly, the mother in ‘At the Border, 1979’ also feels very emotional as they are going back to their homeland; “We are going home”, this suggests that the mother is very happy that they are back, however, the narrator doesn’t seem to understand why the adults become very emotional when the two countries looked identical. In “At the Border, 1979”, Choman Hardi uses a child perspective to view the absurdities of both adult behaviour and borders that were caused by conflicts. In this poem, the narrator doesn’t understand why crossing the border was very important to the adults when it’s physically easy to cross.
Owen’s poems are riddled with references to the loss of youth, innocence and life. In the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed youth” Owen uses juxtaposition between the terms ‘Youth’ and ‘Doomed’ to place emphasis on the dooming nature of war; that despite ‘youth’ meaning the opposite of doomed, through war and the callous lack of respect for human life, even the youth are doomed. In the poems Owen contrasts youth, incorporating terms such as “girls” and “boys”, with the horror and injustice of life on the ‘Western Front’ in World War I, with so many young men being killed, needlessly. Owen refers to the soldiers as “these who die as cattle” which alludes to the harshness of the British Military and the lack of respect towards human life, which is showcased in these particular soldiers not receiving proper burial rites. Through ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ Owen is baled to infer his bitterness towards and rejection of the British Military that left so many men to die, so many young lives taken without the respect of having proper burial rites.
With nothing to do, he explores and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy that is being held in the camp. They become good friends but their friendship leads Bruno to a mistaken death. The authors of these two texts use similar themes to convey a story of relationships within the books. The relationships within these two stories both witness death. In The Book Thief, Liesel and Rudy both face death; Liesel more so than Rudy as she has to deal with the loss of not only her entire family but also the loss of her best friend.
Cross, distracted, imagines the tunnels collapsing on him and Martha, and thinks of whether or not she is a virgin. On the way back from the bathroom, Ted Lavender is shot in the head, falling exceptionally hard under the weight of his pack. Yet, all Cross can think about is Martha, and her poetry and smooth skin. While the soldiers wait for a helicopter to take Lavender’s body away, they laugh about him and try to make light of the situation. Kiowa, who saw Lavender fall, keeps telling everyone how hard he fell.
When Lavender is killed Cross believes it is all his fault because he was too busy daydreaming about his love for Martha. The author says, “…First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross crouched down at the bottom of his foxhole and burned Martha’s letters. Then he burned the two photographs” (723). He becomes so angry at himself that he burns all the letters and pictures that he has received from Martha. He allows himself to be distracted by his unbearable thoughts of Martha and he faces the idea that he loves the thought of Martha more than his men.
fAnthem for Doomed Youth Anthem for Doomed Youth is a Petrarchan sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the horrors of war. Owen himself, had fought in World War I and wrote about his first hand experiences as a soldier. In this poem, you can see a sense of irony in the fact that it is a sonnet. Other established poets such as Shakespeare had used sonnets to mainly write about love. Going on to the title, it can be seen as a strong contradiction by coupling together the phrases ‘anthem’ and ‘doomed youth’.
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