Through this detailed description, Gurganus adds to his argument, making the war sound even more horrific. He is trying to get people to see his perspective, and to make all the glory of war seem meaningless. We send these men over to live in terrible conditions and they don’t even know why they are there
“I hate that drum's discordant sound” is the source of his tension and fear at the war; the use of the word “discordant” mirrors his own inner conflict at the war and how he feels about it. Significantly, Scott, like Carson, uses strong imagery to convey feeling of conflict and tension in his poem “The Drum” The imagery is one of horror and death. “And when Ambition's voice commands,” The word “Ambition’s” is like the recruiting officer for an army. It is personifying “Ambition” and showing that the men who want to fight are pushed into it by an officer that makes it sound very enticing. The word commands talks of how the men really don’t have a choice in joining the fight or not as if they are already in the army.
Experiences such as the loss of close relationships, the horrors of bloodshed and death and the changes in men for the worst can make any once normal man insane, just has it made Robert Ross insane. Throughout the novel we follow Robert Ross as he not only loses those he loves, but also with time, his own very mind. In the novel, The Wars, Robert Ross holds his relationship with his family dearly, but things quickly change for the worse as the war in the battlefront transitions into the war with himself. During the beginning of the novel Robert Ross lives a content and tolerable life with his beloved sister Rowena, his stern Mother Mrs. Ross, his lenient Father Mr. Ross and his brother. Roberts’s relationship with Rowena is one that he holds dearly.
This quotation shows how much this solider is suffering but it also shows how no human on earth should die like this as it seems like a terrible way for a man’s death. The old lie: Dulce et decorum est – Pro patria mori” This quotation is placed right at the end of this poem, It means ‘Sweet and beautiful it is to die for one’s country’ In Latin. There is some irony in this last stanza, but Owen is also very serious. He uses the saying as a warning and a final attempt to persuade the reader that war is monstrous. He describes the saying as 'The old Lie,' which I think means that he is trying to say that it is a trick.
Those who survive, carry guilt, grief, and confusion. In a civilized society, this does not work well and a lot of veterans end up not being able to instill themselves back into society. Just the thought that you can be killed at any moment can follow a soldier even after war, and this is just one of the many horrific burdens that an individual may have to walk with for the rest of his/her life. Another burden is the necessity for the young soldiers to confront the tension between fantasy and reality, such as Lieutenant Cross who imagined Martha to be a virgin and to have loved him. The emotional burdens that the soldiers bear are intensified by their young age and inexperience in war.
This is how Duffy, conveys the issue of how cruel and gruesome war is in stanza one. In stanza two Duffy writes about his job and how he, the persona struggles to accept it. ”he has a job to do.” Duffy uses the word job to show a sense of duty and obligation, therefore it makes it seem that this is something that he has to do and accept. ”Beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now” this shows us how the persona feels and how he is devastated but at the scene of the war, he cannot afford to shake and take a bad photo. ”home again to ordinary pain” This line shows us that the persona has seen what real suffering is like.
Therefore, this suggests society has lost confidence and belief in religion. When analysing the poem, it can be understood that Yeats infers that history will repeat itself through the image of a “widening gyre”. The Second Coming was written in 1919 in the aftermath of the First Word War. This war was also known as ‘The War to End all Wars’ because it was so terrible that it was hoped that it would be the last. However, the use of “widening gyre” and “tide” highlights a sense of foreboding, suggesting that history will make a reoccurrence and peace will never be restored because society will not learn from its mistakes.
Words such as 'secret', 'poison', and 'awful' are used in conjunction to describe Chup. The negative connotations in these words indicate that all things related to Chup are somehow insidious in nature. Therefore, by stating that Chup is a "place of shadows", 'shadows' become just as insidious as Chup. As Haroun approaches the Twilight Strip, Butt notices that Haroun was suffering from "a Heart-Shadow (121)", the symptoms of which are manifested in Haroun's thoughts: 'With our absurd armada,' he despaired, 'how can we ever succeed in that world…. The closer they came…the more formidable the prospect of the Chupwala Army became.
The theme of the following fiction is war and its impact on people’s lives moreover one can see one more theme in the story described – person’s loneliness, helplessness and despair, so as the war spares nothing on its way and destroys what one is used to love and takes care of. The setting of the story is aimed to evoke the necessary atmosphere, appropriate to the intention of it. Surrounding picture is given in contrast to what is inside the man, all the fuss and rush of those who are on the bridge is contrasted to the state of
In the novel, ‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker, the themes of horror and futility are significantly explored. As a result of the horrific events in the war, many soldiers developed psychological problems such as shell shock. In effect, many soldiers such as Siegfried Sassoon reacted against the war and the fact that it was futile, as the motives turned from ‘a war of defence and liberation to a war of aggression and conquest’. In his war poetry, Siegfried Sassoon shows the horrors of war through vivid imagery, and the futility of war, as non combatants such as civilians and generals do not understand what the soldiers experience at the front. In many ways, Barker’s ‘Regeneration’ contrasts with Sassoon’s poetry, due to the fact that the novel is written in the 20th Century, where the characters recount their horrors of war in the safety of Craiglockhart Hospital.