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Compare and contrast the portrayal of feelings of soldiers of the first world war, in Pat Barkers, 'The Ghost Road' and various poems from "The poems of Wilfred Owen'.

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Emma Finnegan: Center number: 20005 Candidate number: 8067 Compare and contrast the portrayal of feelings of soldiers of the first world war, in Pat Barkers, 'The Ghost Road' and various poems from "The poems of Wilfred Owen'. In both 'The Ghost Road' and 'The Poems of Wilfred Owen', one sees the brutal effects of the First World War through the experiences of those directly involved, the soldiers. They suffered immensely, from shell shock, paralysis and also loneliness and homesickness. In Pat Barkers 'The Ghost Road' she concentrates mainly on two characters experiences, whilst Wilfred Owen portrays the feelings and experiences of the soldiers as a whole. By comparing and contrasting both of these textual sources, it is the intention to discover the true effects of the war and to question how much the portrayals of the war differ. In the novel 'The ghost road' by Pat Barker, it begins with Billy Prior at the seaside in Bradford. He is watching people as they walk passed, he notices what he thinks to be a soldiers wife, this is because it says 'Married, but the war, whether by widowing her or simply by taking her husband away,' this show how soldiers wives are lone, and have no independence as they have to live with there parents. ...read more.

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this shows how they are haunted by the murders they have watch of fellow soldiers and this will never leave them. In Owens poem 'Dulce et decorum Est.' it describes a soldier dying from a gas attack. The poem starts off with 'Bent doubled, like old beggars under sacks,' this shows the way in which the soldiers are walking and what they look like, they are walking like this because they are exhausted, it also says how they look like 'old beggars' this is because they're exhaustion is show all over their face and they are all muddy and undesirable like beggars would look. It then goes on to say ' Till on the haunting flares we turned our back,' the word 'haunting' suggest that the soldiers are struggling to forget the memories of war, but this is made harder because they are constantly been reminded of it. The poem then goes on to say 'towards our distant rest began to trudge' this could mean that they are preparing for their death because that is the only rest and peace they will ever get. It then says 'Gas!Gas!Quick, boys!' this suggest a gas attack. ...read more.

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desperate for love he is, he notices 'He got into bed, telling himself the cold damp patch under his left buttock was imagination.' This shows also how the women were lonely also, and realizes the men were to and used this to their advantage and got men to pay for sex. During sex Prior moans as it says ' Ah, he cried, more with shock than pleasue' Elina goes on to say 'What's the marra with you?' and Prior answers with ' I thought I could smell gas'. This shows how the war has prevented him from living his life, because the smell of gas brought back all the memories of war, even at a time wear he was meant to enjoying. It also say 'he forgot her' more or less straight away this is because she is one of many he has slept with. Then it says 'bent doubled..' this taken from Owens poem 'Dulce et decorum est' By comparing and contrasting the portrayal and feelings of soldiers of World War one in the two chosen sources, it has been discovered that the Authors portrayed similar effects and experiences of war. The view of war that Pat Barker portrays can be supported and expanded by reading the poetry of Wilfred Owen. ...read more.

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