The repetition of question marks and dashes illustrate the confusion and frustration witnessing Owens fellow comrades, it is a demanding tone begging for explanation for the entrapment of victims. And as a result, it encourages the reader to consider the impact the war had on both, the soldiers who survived, and those who didn’t. Dulce et Decorum Est brings to reality that war is not what people say it is. Given by its very title, ‘It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country’. Although, it only an illusion reinforced throughout the poem, along with its irony and sarcasm that is ‘The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori’, it is not sweet and fitting to die for ones country.
Billy Wynne AP English Period 1 Emily Dickinson claimed that madness can be perceived rationally if looked at from a different perspective. Tim O’Briens novel, The Things They Carried, gives truth to this claim with the stories of soldiers in Vietnam. Irrational actions that occur in the book can be explained in the context of the war. In the chapter “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien tells of his experiences in entering war, and the emotions that come with it.. He walks the reader through what each soldier in his squad carries, physically and emotionally.
O'Brien's extract conveys to the readers the contradictory feelings that war evokes in a person. War can be seen in different perspectives and can be felt with many different emotions. The author describes war as astonishing; an adjective rarely used in the general opinion. But O'Brien has seen and felt first hand, and writes that war makes you grow up and learn about yourself as a person. You learn to value life in those desperate moments where death comes close.
Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight” (O’Brien 20). Within the various other stories of the novel, O’Brien provides numerous examples of how members of the Alpha Company dealt with the psychological burdens of the war. In the section “The Man I Killed,” the narrator torments himself about the young Vietnam soldier that he kills, causing him to possess guilt and grief throughout the rest of
This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true. In this essay I will analyze this poem and reveal the realities of war through a variety of writing techniques. I will also give my personal opinion on the poem and how it is written. The poem is split into two parts, one part contains eight lines and the second part contains six lines. In the first eight lines (octet) a question is asked in the first line and answered in the remaining seven lines.
Misto does this in a humorous and often confronting manner. Through the use of distinctively visual techniques, it leads us to think about significant issues in the world, such as the mistreatment that the prisoners of war endure, the affects that the war has on the survivors and the ability of the human spirit to overcome hardships experienced in war. One significant worldly issue john Misto explores in the play is the mistreatment that the prisoners of war endure. The distinctively visual elements in the play enable the audience to visualize what Bridie and Sheila endured during their imprisonment. This is evident in act 1, scene 1.
Law of War During war, the soldiers exposed to too much pressure. Most of them try to deal with the enemy according to the law of jungle “kill or you’ll be killed”. They try to dehumanize the enemy to give themselves the right to kill him without felling guilty. However, after the application of this rule, most of the soldiers feel compunction because they realize that they kill a human been. In the story “The Main I Killed”, the author Tim O`Brien illustrates to us the reaction of three American soldiers after killing a Vietnamese man during the Vietnam War.
We see in the murder of the woman in the street that the sniper doesn’t seem to mind her shrieks of terror followed by the grim silence of death. It is not until his realization that he killed his brother that his character’s shift is revealed. We learn by his reaction of killing his “enemy” that he may not have been as aloof to death and comfortable with war as previously thought. He was described to have lost the passion of war, perhaps even questioning it’s motives. It’s clear that the author
In Barker’s ‘Regeneration’, characters such as Burns are traumatised by their experiences of war, as he is traumatised by being launched head first onto a German corpse, “... he’d had time to realise that what filled his nose and mouth was decomposing human flesh. Now whenever he tried to eat, the taste and smell recurred”. The use of words such as ‘decomposing’ and ‘flesh’ show the reader how World War 1 is horrific, as the soldiers are physically scarred by witnessing suffering and death. Similarly, the narrator in ‘To the
Introduction Paragraph 1 In his poem, Strange Meeting, Owen recreates the horror of war through his shocking and realistic account of the experiences faced by soldiers on the battlefields during World War One. “And by his smile, I knew that sullen hall, - By his dead smile I knew we stood in hell”. Owen has used first person and a pararhyme to reinforce the brutality and horrors of war. Owen came to the realisation, by talking to this man, that no one there was truly alive, breathing or not breathing. What mattered was the truth of war and what he felt he must share and let people know.