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The Experience Of War

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The Experience Of War Many authors have written about war themes, some extracts of the stories and poems that I have read and researched are The Upturned Face by Steven Crane .It is about a fictional war being fought in an imaginary Europe. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell describes his senses and feeling of getting shot in the neck during battle. Exposure by Wilfred Owen,describes the horrors and reality of being in the trenches of the First World War. And The Making of Me by Robert Westall is about a shell-shocked grandfather who has the responsibility of looking after his grandchild. In the Upturned Face by Steven Crane, a fictional war is fought in an imagined Europe. This extract describes the stresses of battle and its effects on the relationships between comrades at arms. In the extract Crane depicts the scene of a dead comrade: "The first button brick-red with drying blood, and he did not seem to dare touch it." ...read more.


"Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence" gives the reader a good idea of the constant dangers of being in the trenches during the First World War. In The Making of Me by Robert Westall, a shell-shocked grandfather is given the responsibility of looking after his grandson. At first the grandchild was frightened of his grandfather because of the stories he had heard about his grandfathers violent drunken behaviour. "When his second child was born dead, he ripped the gas-cooker from the wall and threw it downstairs." This describes that the war had damaged him, causing him to over-react when he got stressed. The grandfather had been gassed in the trenches in the First World War. "Unlike anybody else I knew, he had a chest, because he'd been gassed in the trenches. His chest fascinating symphony of noises at the best of times." "Once without warning, he clouted me across the ear." The old man was filled with such remorse that he vowed "never to do it again till the day he died" after ...read more.


I like the way in which Wilfred Owen describes the "Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles." This creates an image of the dying soldiers tangled on the barbed wire in no-mans land. Having read about war, watched films on the subject and having seen war photographs, I think that it is important to find out about war from all of these different extracts. Poems like Wilfred Owen's Exposure give you the experiences of the horror of trench warfare. I watched the series called Band of Brothers, which gave good visual examples of the terror, hardship and awful loss of life in the Second World War. I think it is important to read about war, because war is a terrible thing. People on the front line have to endure terrible conditions. They watch many of their friends killed or injured. They often have to live with the effects that war has on the personalities long after the war is over, like in In The Making Of Me. People left at home also suffer in a war when they lose loved ones. Anthony Hyland Page 1 27/04/2007 ...read more.

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