The Delusions of War
An analysis of five literary works which show that war is not glorious in any way nor is dying in one.
# 24019 | 1,245 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Apr 15, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , Literature (French) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Literature (German)
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The paper examines the theme of the reality of war as portrayed in five different pieces of literature, "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque, "Testament of Youth" by Vera Brittain, "Two Friends" by Guy De Maupassant, "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen and "Rear Guard" by Siegfried Sasson. It discusses how these novels, assorted poems and short stories all have the same reoccurring factors and how they all seem to show how worthless life becomes during wartime. It evaluates how the gore horrors and horrors of war are equally portrayed in the selections, as well as the idea that when in combat the idea of patriotism becomes non-existent and only the instinct to survive kicks in. It shows how out of all of the points made and opinions stated in the literature, the one fact remains in the minds of the readers is that in war there is no such thing as glory and honor.
From the Paper:"All Quiet On The Western Front is a story, told through the German perspective, of a young man named Paul Baumer and his friends who go off to World War I (Remarque 1). Filled with patriotism planted by a schoolteacher, Paul and his schoolmates feel it is their duty to serve their country and hope to gain adventure from the whole thing (Remarque 2). When reality is faced and they see their first school mate blown to pieces they all the glory of war quickly disappears, For us lads of eighteen they ought to have been mediators and guides to the world of maturity " to the future " in our hearts we trusted them. "
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