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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks The impression we get from the final months of war from this extract are that it is long and drawn out process, that memories from home are fading because of the long time they have been in the war, this is shown in the beginning of the extract; "Seemed so long ago that it felt as though someone else had lived it for him." He is saying that he doesn't even recognise his own life when he looks back on it, as if it were lead by a stranger. The tone of the poem seems melancholy and drab, like he is trying to pass the time, he tries to write but he cant, there are guns firing in the distant, and he describes them as a; "rumbled train through the embankment." ...read more.


and Gray replies; "Exist? Good heavens, that's is not the sort of talk I am used to from a front man like yourself." This reinforces the idealistic vs. realistic within the characters. Wraysford's actions and reactions throughout this extract represent thoughts and feelings of soldiers and the end of the war. Wraysford shows when he replies to questions asked shows his depressive attitude to the thought of the war going on or actual fighting he says he didn't want to be a man on the front line, it shows he wasn't idealistic about the war, he didn't want to fight for his country anymore, he didn't feel the brotherhood and chivalry, if a front man felt like this it represents the thoughts of many other soldiers within the war. ...read more.


This text is like other texts written after the war, it shows the realistic aspects of war placed against the idealistic, and shows how shocking and horrific the war was, how it affects men, it could be more honest and brutal with its content. This extract is similar to that of Ghost road by Pat Barker; having realistic elements from a soldiers point of view, shows the horror of war, the desensitization and the difference in ranks. It also reminds the reader of 'Recalling War' by Robert Graves, because it was written after the war, the shock factor is a lot less, when you are living an event it is so much clearer and precise, these are memories that have dulled and less precise, making it half the piece it could be, it is less shocking. ...read more.

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