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The real price of war is paid by individuals - From your reading of the poems 'Attack', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and the viewing of the film 'Saving Private Ryan' discuss the above statement.

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Jamie Pender "The real price of war is paid by individuals" From your reading of the poems 'Attack', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and the viewing of the film 'Saving Private Ryan' discuss the above statement. In your response you should quote examples from the poems and instances from the film. "With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear, Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire." The above quote is taken from the poem 'Attack'. This poem was based on the conditions and the harsh realities of World War 1, and the most well known feature of life in WWI were the soldiers in the trenches, trying to gain ground. This quote gives the impressions of the soldiers with all their weapons and armour in a hurry to get out of the trenches. The bristling fire would probably have been caused by grenades being lobbed over from the enemies trench, and the soldiers would have been in a rush to escape the trench before fire came down it. ...read more.


A key point Siegfried Sassoon is trying to put across to the reader with his use of language is that war is not a glorious way to die, but merely a dehumanizing way due to the messy, dirty and inhumane conditions. "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?" The above quote is the opening line of the poem 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'. This resembles the soldiers to farm animals, being herded in and then slaughtered. In turn, cattle don't get funerals, and that could be another way to interpret 'passing bells'. The question is rhetorical, which means it doesn't require an answer, as it is more a statement than a question. There were several instances in the film 'Saving Private Ryan' that stood out, and were precisely what life was like in war. Early on in the film, a man slipped as he and the rest of the soldiers were trying to gain ground. ...read more.


There were many instances in the film when it was very clear that the soldiers were proud of what they were doing, proud to be fighting for their country and for the good of the world. When Private James Ryan was found in the film, he was told that all his brothers had been killed in action and that they wanted him to leave and go back to his mother because the loss of all her children could have killed her in turn. However, Ryan did not want to leave at all, and he refused to go instantly because he wanted to fulfill his duty, as he believed he had done nothing to deserve being forced into leaving. He was clearly proud of the job he was doing, and as far as he was concerned, the only way he would be leaving the battlefield would either be the end of the war, or if he died. The determination of this individual and millions of others was the reason why the allies won the war, and once again emphasizes 'The real price of war is paid by individuals'. ...read more.

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