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Life in the trenches Sources Questions

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Lucy Nicholas 10x 13th September 2001 Question 6- Study sources I and J. Suggest possible reasons why these two sources give different impressions of life in the trenches. One of these sources is an advertisement printed during the war to get people to buy the brands cigarettes and the other is a memoir written by an infantry solider after the war. Source I had no experience of trench life. The advertisers were not allowed into the trenches because of the DORA (Defence of the Realm) act that had been passed. All that they would have had to go on as to trench life would be the government's propaganda in newspapers and illustrated magazines. All these articles and pictures painted a much rosier picture of war life than was true. ...read more.

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If they showed their support for the war effort, it would increase the support for the war for with the patrons of their product. Keep in mind that the main aim of source I was to sell a product you do not do this through negative imagery. The image shown is positive of soldiers being comrades and all pulling together. The tone is relaxed there looking over the trenches onto no-mans land yet they have "time for one more" this suggests there is nothing pressing in the danger and no large amount of it for them to face. The image is currant just as today we may have advertisements of friends in a club then the war and trenches were currant and central to everyone's life. ...read more.

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The language he employs is brutal in its realism for example "of the flooded trench was the mask of a human face detached itself from the skull." This is no sparing the grimmest details for fear of offending anyone it is showing them all in their full horror to try and put people off going headfirst into another war. It also shows the religious side of it "Those fingers became an appeal to God..." that they were appealing to God to stop the massacre. This also says of how serious the war had become there was no other person or force to appeal to capable of stopping the war other than God. Siegfried Sassoon also had nothing to lose in publishing this; the DORA act was no longer in force and he could no longer be prosecuted for not following the government policy of censorship. ...read more.

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