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Compare the different approaches to war shown in the extracts from Shakespeare and the poetry from the First World War.

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Compare the different approaches to war shown in the extracts from Shakespeare and the poetry from the First World War. How are the approaches different and how similar in the ways they bring the experience of war to life and to what extent have attitudes changed towards the glory of war by 1914? Over the centuries attitudes to war have changed due public understanding and advancements in technology. The extracts from Shakespeare's Othello and Henry V, which were written between 1599 and 1604, portray war very differently from the poets of the First World War. At these different times war would have been very different, so it is understandable that attitudes maybe different. The Shakespearian extracts are written for the stage where as the poems are more venting emotions, so they will have different approaches to how war is portrayed. Othello's speech from Act 3 Scene 3 of the play Othello is very dramatic and Othello praises war, he does this as feels more at home in war than he does in society. When this speech takes place Othello has just been told his wife has been unfaithful, so he thinks this means the end of all happiness for himself. ...read more.

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This verse describes the uncertainty that soldier's felt, with the constant linger of death close to them, which was never that far away in war. The language is very simple but incredibly powerful, " between the crosses, row on row." In the last verse archaic Jade Bisram language is used which is similar to the language in Othello's speech, such words as "foe" and " ye" are used. This speech from Shakespeare's Henry V also glorifies war like the speech from Othello, this speech is also written for the stage so it will be dramatic, in the play the speech is used to rally up troops. In this speech the notion that it is better to die gloriously is conveyed and that you should never let the enemy win, "close up the wall with our English dead!" It also says that it is good to be gentle when there is not war. In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility. Then the men are told that they should be furious when there is war, "then imitate the action of the tiger," the comparison of animas is used to sound more ferocious. ...read more.

Conclusion

" Futility" is very much opposed to the speech in Henry V, as it condemns war where as in Henry V it is more praised and also in Othello it is glorified. "Futility" is definitely a sad poem that is full of passion for the outrage of war. Attitudes to war had changed considerably by 1914, because as soon as the First World War begun it was realised that it was going to be a far more gruesome war than any other before. As soon as war was declared in 1914 men flocked to sign up and fight for their Jade Bisram country. The attitude of soldiers in the First World War changed rapidly once they were on the front, many started off in favour of war but after seeing death and war in close quarters many changed their minds. In Shakespeare's time war was glorified, this could be because it was a completely different style of war and there were fewer deaths, where as in the First World War warfare was very advanced and could inflict many more deaths. 1 ...read more.

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