This extract from the short story 'The Truth about War' deals with the ambiguity and contradictions of war; particularly focussing on the comparison between the beauty and brutality of it. O'Brien tries to convey to us through the use of compare and contrast that there is hope of peace in war. War will make you grow up due to what you have experienced. War will make you value life. O'Brien's extract conveys to the readers the contradictory feelings that war evokes in a person.
“A good poem may lead to sadness, joyful or simply wandering, but it always leads us to think more deeply about life” Discuss this statement with reference to at least two Sassoon’s poems. A good poem may lead to sadness, joyful or simply wandering, but it always leads us to think more deeply about life. A War poem is a poem that is written on the subject of war. It is applied especially to those in military service. The nature of war poem is to show how horrible and disgusting war is.
It is a humorous story because one would not think that an office truly runs on the system illustrated in the story. When in truth this is what reality has come to, a circus. The author introduces the story with a skewed sense of humor. He is trying to mock the system by setting up a list of rules that must be abided by or else “you may be let go”(484). “Orientation” meets the criteria for Goldwag’s rule of postmodern fiction story telling due to the way the character contradicts himself within the same sentence, “ This is your phone.
In his novels, George Orwell wants to show us the totalitarian government and its influence on our language and bahavior. Albeit he does not do this clearly and straight forward but by using many satirical and grotesque allegory. He wants to be understandable to everyone. He shows important problems in a very easy way. Under the veil of a simple plot, there is a deep consideration of a totalitarian issue.
The first person point of view can also be defective as it could limit the reader’s way of interpreting the story; the reader is restricted to the narrator’s perspective. “How to Tell a True War Story” illustrates the effects and defects of the first person narrative. “How to tell a true war story” studies the relationship between war experience and storytelling and how difficult it is to tell a true war story. This is done by telling the story in first person; half from Tim O’Brien as a soldier which may be a fictional first person narrative and half from his role as a storyteller. The first person narrative of Tim O’Brien shows how a storyteller has the power to shape his or hers listeners opinions.
Attitudes towards war are controversial ideas that are illustrated by three Poets. Rupert Brooke, in his poem Soldiers, illustrates the idea of war as positive and a honorable endeavor. Wilfred Owen in his poem Dulce Et Decorum Est. and Siegfried Sassoon In his poem Survivors however, convey an opposing idea that war is negative, painting war as horrific. The idea of peoples attitudes towards war as being either positive or negative, as presented through these written texts, are timeless and continue to be relevant to society today.
This is because they focus on different elements of it and, where reality and illusion are vehemently pivotal to Albee’s text, Woolf has other focuses other than truth in writing. Woolf argues that truth is necessary in fiction and that it is the writers’ duty. Whereas Albee examines, through personal relationships, the importance of facing reality- irrespective of how painful the truth is. Woolf’s writing is influenced by a post WWI perspective and fuels her realisation that fiction as it was written before the war cannot be written in the same way because of the tragedies inflicted upon society. War inflicted horrors change society’s notion of reality and therefore in a post WWI context Wolf argues that the romantic illusion of 19th century poetry cannot be reproduced.
What mattered was the truth of war and what he felt he must share and let people know. The pararhyme here links key words and ideas, without detracting from the meaning and solemnity of the poem, as a full rhyme sometimes does. However, the failure of two similar words to rhyme and the obvious omission of a full rhyme creates a sense of discomfort and incompleteness. It is a discordant note that matches well to the disturbing mood of the poem. Therefore, Theme 1: Brutality and horrors of war (and their effect on the individual) Poem 1: topic sentence, quotes, techniques, analysis/ significance/ effect, link to question Poem 2: topic sentence, quotes, techniques, analysis/ significance/ effect, link to question Paragraph 2 To Owen, war is not sweet, nor is it honourable and these ideas are explored throughout the poem, Dulce et Decorum est.
The Anthem For Doomed Youth Metaphorical Analysis Metaphors in literature help create imagery that cannot be literally possible. Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth is a perfect example of this due to the multiple metaphoric conventions he has used which in the genre of war poetry enables the reader to picture the startling events painted in this poem. The invaluable experience of the poet being in the situations described allows him to have a unique portrayal of war, as Owen’s personal experience brings out emotions that only a participant in the war are able to express. The exquisite use of metaphors entices the reader to empathise emotionally and take pity on the sorrowful depiction of war, Owen reciprocates the same idea in his preface by saying ‘’my subject is War, and the pity of War’’. Immediately from the start of the poem Wilfred Owen immediately dehumanises the youth as he labels them as ‘cattle’.
After reading war poems we are able to get a true idea of how horrific war was and learn of its negative consequences. The main idea in war poems becomes apparent when reading Wilfred Owen’s poem, Dolce et Decorum Est. In the last stanza, the lines: “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie: Dolce et Decorum Est, Pro Patria Mori” demonstrates the main idea. ‘Dolce et Decorum est’ is a Latin saying, which means ‘it is sweet and right’. The poet is saying that people should not talk about war as enthusiastically as it gives the impression that war is glorious.