The Hero Analytical Essay

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The Hero by Siegfried Sassoon (Sassoon) 1 'Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the mother said, 2 And folded up the letter that she'd read. 3 'The Colonel writes so nicely.' Something broke 4 In the tired voice that quavered to a choke. 5 She half looked up. 'We mothers are so proud 6 Of our dead soldiers.' Then her face was bowed. 7 Quietly the Brother Officer went out. 8 He'd told the poor old dear some gallant lies 9 That she would nourish all her days, no doubt 10 For while he coughed and mumbled, her weak eyes 11 Had shone with gentle triumph, brimmed with joy, 12 Because he'd been so brave, her glorious boy. 13 He thought how 'Jack', cold-footed, useless swine, 14 Had panicked down the trench that night the mine 15 Went up at Wicked Corner; how he'd tried 16 To get sent home, and how, at last, he died, 17 Blown to small bits. And no one seemed to care 18 Except that lonely woman with white hair. Big White Lies: Analytical Essay of The Hero by Siegfried Sassoon In “The Hero”, poet Siegfried Sassoon expresses his contempt towards the hypocrisy of warfare and especially his critical view of the authorities’ attempt at glorifying a soldier’s death. In this poem he provides stark contrast between the harsh truth and reality, employing the use of irony, imagery, contrast, and even alliteration. Firstly, Sassoon effectively uses irony to illustrate the contrast between the soldier’s real and glorified death, as well as the impression of a close-knit military unit, as opposed to the truth that no one had the compassion to care for a fallen soldier. The first, most obvious irony is in the title itself: The Hero. From the title we expect to read a poem dedicated to the fall of a great soldier, courageous and chivalrous, who sacrificed himself to fight for his country. This impression is further affirmed in the first stanza. There, we are introduced to the mother as she receives

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