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"Does it Matter?"- Siegfried Sassoon

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"Does it Matter?"- Siegfried Sassoon Questions 1. The terrible injuries are, 'losing your legs', which means that in war soldiers have had their legs blown away; 'losing your sight', which means soldiers have become blind as a result of war, and finally 'those dreams from the pit', which means that soldiers still have, and always possibly will have for the rest of their lives, the memories of war as hell, and also dreams about it. They will therefore remember the conditions they've been in when at war. 2. Sassoon means, when he uses sarcasm to sharpen effects, such as 'There's such splendid work for the blind', that war is really terrifying and after it can affect soldiers' lives very seriously, such as making them blind, turning them disabled, and even killing them. ...read more.


Other sarcasm states that it does not matter to get injured in war; the repetition of 'Does it matter?' tells us exactly this. 3. I think the most striking verse is the third and final verse, as it contains the most sarcasm. The verse tells us that soldiers have a painful memory of war which lasts them a lifetime. It also mentions how people treat soldiers after war, after they've become disabled; there's simply no respect for them. Sassoon demonstrates this to the reader in a sarcastic way, 'And people won't say that you're mad;' means basically that everyone thinks disabled soldiers are insane when they are happy after forgetting the past. ...read more.


It also tells us that although the soldiers have done and achieved all this, people back home still do not appreciate their loyalty to their country. 4. The attitudes that Sassoon is attacking in this poem are the attitudes of the residents in England, who do not appreciate the soldiers' patriotic behaviour towards their country. They do not see the trouble they've gone through, and the sacrifices they have made, to keep their country and its people safe and protected. Sassoon is saying that the people back home are na�ve, arrogant and selfish. They simply do not care about their homeland, and especially not for the brave soldiers who are fighting to death to save them, and who think it is right to fight in war. ...read more.

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