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Compare and contrast how the soldiers' lives and deaths are presented in these texts - The Melancholy of the Hussar of the German Legion is set in 1801, when the German legion, then a part of the British Army, came over to England to train.

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Arafath Ahmed Compare and contrast how the soldiers' lives and deaths are presented in these texts. The Melancholy of the Hussar of the German Legion is set in 1801, when the German legion, then a part of the British Army, came over to England to train. Many of the soldiers were homesick. One such soldier, Matthaus Tina, decides to escape. He falls in love with a girl, Phyllis Grove that lives nearby to his training camp. He asks her to go to Germany with him, she says yes at first, but then rejects his offer because of some reason. Matthaus and a friend of his go ahead with their plan to escape, but it goes wrong. They are caught and shot as deserters. The other poems, The Hero, Suicide in the Trenches, Dulce est decorum and The Deserter are all set in the First World War. The Hero is about a soldier who is killed in war when he tries to escape. His mother is told that he was killed fighting in battle. ...read more.

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When he returned to base, he lost his stripes and was reduced to a private. Arafath Ahmed In one of their meetings, Matthaus proposes to Phyllis. She is "amazed rather than shocked". He then tells her his plan to escape to Germany. She decides to go ahead with the plan. Later on that night, Mr. Gould, her fianc´┐Ż returns from a trip. He has bought her a large present. She thinks again and finally decides not to go with Matthaus. The reason why Matthaus is deserting the army is because he misses his mother and he is feeling very homesick. Matthaus, Christoph and two other comrades go ahead with the plan. But they mistaken her bearings and steer into Jersey. As a result they are handed over to the authorities. Matthaus and Christoph intercede for the other two, they are let free but Matthaus and Christoph are executed. Hardy makes the execution dramatic by setting it on a foggy, misty morning. As a reader, I was surprised. The reason being, Matthaus and Christoph had set their escape plan out really carefully. ...read more.

Conclusion

He then ends up shooting himself in the head. Arafath Ahmed Before war life the boy was happy and joyful, "grinned at life in empty joy". Life in the army had a mental and physical effect on him. "In winter trenches, cowed and glum, With crumps and lice and lack of rum, He put a bullet through his brain." Sassoon's attitude to war is a negative one. Her view is she doesn't want anyone to what actually happens at war because it is too horrifying, "You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye, Who cheer when soldier lads go marching by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know, The hell where youth and laughter go." There actually isn't any similarity with any of the other poems and stories, apart from the fact he died and no one spoke of him again. We find out about the miseries of soldiers lives and other things too. Things like, what happens when a soldier deserts, or when he get really depressed or when a soldier get homesick. There differences and similarities between all the poems. Things like, how the soldiers were executed, why they deserted etc. The general attitude from the writers is, war is a bad thing. The message is, war is not what it seems. ...read more.

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