The Manhunt + Nettles War is a destructive force that can be seen as a catalyst for a broken relationship, and this idea is shown in two poems: The Manhunt and Nettles. Whilst both have a literal meaning of remedying and preventing physical pain, both poems show that war is a symbol for destruction for relationships. The Manhunt, as the title suggests, is a definite poem about a desperate search for a man, a man who is being sought after by his wife, Laura in an attempt to save the conditional relationship they have through examining his physical and mental pain seen through a series of metaphors. The poet, Armitage is sending a message to the readers: are efforts to save a relationship futile? Correspondingly, through a conceit in its title, Nettles is a poem about a boy who has fallen into a nettle bed and seeks comfort from his father.
The expert use of profound imagery and description by Bierce in this work produces an elegant tale that tempts the reader’s mind to explore the emotionally charged imaginative effects that are part of our basic human nature and while the Civil War was at the very essence of some of his most acclaimed work, the reader and critic of his work would most probably ponder just how his personal experiences in the war affected him when reading his stories. The story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is divided into three sections that all trigger in the readers mind a sense of reality and veracity bringing into
Analysis Paper: Comparing grief of the Protagonists Roberto Hill World Literature Professor Stefanovic 2 June 2008 Both stories “The man I Killed “ and “The Rite”, present the reader with the idea that even though we may be alive and healthy, a certain detachment from society may exist wherein normal communication just does not alleviate our deep seeded notion of pain and understanding. The authors, Tim O’Brien and Takenishi Hiroko, use their poetic licenses to help the reader understand the extent of their mental anguish. Tim O’Brien bases his character, Tim, on his own experience in Vietnam, and explains with great detail the thoughts and guilt that encompass his mind not long after his first kill. Takenishi’s character Aki, a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb that ended WWII, welcomes reader to the: traditions, trauma, death, and haunting memories that have our protagonist in a state of arrested development. These “stream of consciousness” narratives are not in place only to convey the depth of their pain, but also a way in which the author can communicate their personal experiences and find closure from the happenings that have damaged their souls and changed their interpretation of humanity.
Although both Homecoming and Weapons Training are based on an anti-war theme, Dawe writes about the different aspects that involve war such as death, weapons, lives lost, soldier’s, families and disrespect. He uses titles that have very strong meanings to people that have been involved in war such as homecoming which every soldier hopes to be able to come home to their families again and weapons training where they are taught to use weapons before the war to prepare to kill the enemy. His poem Homecoming about the Vietnam War; the title itself creates the image of a happy and joyful journey; however Dawe ironically uses this to describe the sadness and sorrow of the dead soldier’s journey as they are transported home back to their families. A soldier’s return from war is supposed to be heroic but these soldiers are treated with a lack of respect.Dawe tries to convey the message to the reader that war is futile and that lives are wasted at war. On the other hand the title of Weapons Training creates the idea that the soldier’s are being trained to use the military weapons although the theme suggests that the soldier’s are actually the so called weapons being trained.
This helps us understand and see clearly the horrors of war. Tommo is the narrator in the novel, which helps us to understand what it is like to be a soldier at war because we are reading what he has experienced. “let them come. I just want this to stop. I just want it to be over”.
They witnessed wars, death, saw fear among people, and could see what attempts for superiority can do to a country. They were adults when WWII came to Europe and “Camus felt that it was urgent to critically examine these attitudes in a world in which calculated murder had become common” (Aronson, 2012). Living in such a hostile environment, the two men had found many problems and issues and they wanted to help make a change in the mindsets of all human beings as to the reality of life. Creative Processes When examining Albert Camus’s creative thought processes, it is clear to see that he felt his philosophical thinking of “absurdity” was best expressed through “lyrical essays and sketches” also by use of “images, metaphors, and anecdotes” (Aronson, 2012). One of his most famous works The Myth of Sisyphus is a wonderful example of how he developed characters in his writings to “become aware of the
Yet by the end of the novel, he matures and decides to redefine what he believes courage is because of the traumatic and courage-demanding scenes that tell the story in the Red Badge of Courage. Henry really shows off his immaturity when the story reads, “...at times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way. He conceived persons with torn bodies to be particularly happy. He wishes that he, too had a wound, a red badge of courage.” (100) This shows how simple-mindedly Henry perceives the war and that he is still caught up in his goal of becoming wounded or worse so that he can call himself “courageous”. This evidence also displays that he is fearful about actually going out onto the battlefield, and that he is striving to just gain respect from the other soldiers.
The thesis which will be investigated and illustrated is how Paul Baumer is representative of the Lost Generation, and that his character development throughout the book reflects this change in attitudes towards war of the young men who went to fight in World War I. This thesis can be seen in one of the fist lines of the book, which states that the book “will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war” (Remarque). The plot of the book is relatively straight forward in that it follows this small group of young soldiers from their initial impressions of the war, through their changing opinion on what is happening, until the end of the war when there is no one left. The book begins with a small group of young men including the protagonist Paul Baumer who have been persuaded to join the military through the use of patriotic sentiment, and through a sense of duty and honor to fight for their country. Their initial impressions of training do not reflect any of the real horror of war, indeed when told to use communal
English 124-Literary Essay October 19, 2011 “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “The Soldier” Although the poems “Dulce et Decorum Est “by Wilfred Owen, and “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke, share the elements of writer passion and subjectivity, they differ with regards to tone, theme and literary devices. The lyrical poem, “The Soldier” was written during the period before the World War, and thus presents an unrealistic viewpoint of war. The speaker is simply regurgitating ideas and concepts about war instilled in him by his country England. The phrases, “England bore, shaped, made aware” and “the thoughts by England given” solidify this theory. It is evident that he has not physically engaged in warfare, nor has he observed the explicit nature of the battlefield because his focus remains on England, rather than the war itself.
The Sun Also Rises is a novel of great acclaim that challenges the reader to change perspective, to examine the world in which he or she lives, and to re-evaluate priorities and moral principles. Earnest Hemingway, the author, relates his life to that of his characters, in order to demonstrate the lost generation. The lost generation represents the ex-soldiers of World War 1, people haunted by memories, which can only be escaped through detachment. The characters of The Sun Also Rises suppress memories through drinking, dancing, partying, bullfighting, and gambling. As a result the war not only affects the land on which it is fought but also in the minds of those fighting.