World War One Literature Analytical Essay by lwa04lrp

World War One Literature
A consideration of literary techniques used by the authors of four different World War One texts and their attitudes to war and contemporary society.
# 49463 | 2,099 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2003 | GB
Published on Mar 08, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes four texts in terms of language form and structure and the way the writers use the genre of their choice to express their thoughts and feelings.The four pieces are "The Hero" by Siegfried Sassoon, "Goodbye to All That" by Robert Graves, "Journey's End" by R.C.Sheriff and "Black Adder" by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis. It looks at how the texts are typical of World War One literature and the influence of the time of composition and the significance of the gender of the writers.

From the Paper:

"More than in any other previous conflict, the Great War inspired writers of all generations and classes to write about their experiences in a way that was totally new to previous war literature. The new manner in which the First World War was conducted dramatically changed the way war was viewed, which is naturally reflected in the literature written. Before 1914 wars were largely fought abroad, which therefore meant that people wrote about war with a somewhat detached view as they were completely removed from the immediate situation. At this time war was considered, by most, to be a cleansing, almost health giving experience and the literature written, for example Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade," celebrated Victorian values of devotion to duty, patriotic loyalty and sacrifice."

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