Symbolism in English War Literature
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This paper examines symbolism in English war literature citing three novels as examples. These include Jeff Shaara's "The Rising Tide", Richard Galli's "Of Rice and Men", and James Bacque's "Our Fathers' War." The paper further outlines how that imagery captures the absurdity of war and its many contradictions by having symbols and concepts uneasily juxtaposed against one another.The paper concludes by stating that symbols serve as powerful communicators of war's destructiveness and perversity.
From the Paper:"There can be little doubt that symbolism is important to English war literature. With that in mind, the next several pages will look at war imagery as it appears in three novels - Jeff Shaara's The Rising Tide, Richard Galli's Of Rice and Men, and James Bacque's Our Fathers' War - and it will outline how that imagery captures the absurdity of war and its many contradictions by having symbols and concepts uneasily juxtaposed against one another. More than that, the paper will note how war inverts things, with the cross and the Church taking on chilling meanings while "dirt" becomes more meaningful than cleanliness. In the end, symbols serve..."
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