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What techniques does Louis de Bernires use to portray the effects of the war so powerfully?

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What techniques does Louis de Berni�res use to portray the effects of the war so powerfully? Louis de Berni�res uses many techniques to portray the effects of the war as powerfully as he does. He uses techniques that vary from use of language, to using the diary of a homosexual soldier. In the in-between there are other techniques such as: contrast of the good and bad effects of the war; death, from the inside and the outside; or showing feelings from soldiers instead of numbers and figures. From my point of view, the use of language is the technique that sticks out the most. He uses all sorts of words, meanings, effects and even languages! Just as he uses sarcasm everywhere: "War is a wonderful thing. In movies and in books." Sarcasm is very well applied, as in a real war there is also sarcasm, cynism and irony in everyone�s words. This creates the effect of reality and holds on to the reader�s attention. He also tends to make good use of repetition: "I hate puttees." ...read more.

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putting the message through, and thanks to these words and the way in which they were used, the reader gets a real, touching and effective feeling of how the war was. Of course, using different languages instead of translating names of places and people gave even more sense of reality and the reader felt more in touch with the characters and with the story being narrated. However, another technique Louis de Berni�res used when writing Captain Corelli�s Mandolin that really struck me, was the diary of a homosexual, Carlo Guercio. This can be described as the human part of the war. It just talks about the feelings and experiences of a soldier. What Carlo talks about is touching, moreover the way in which Louise de Berni�res puts himself into a homosexual soldier�s position is amazing. He uses "homosexual" eyes to make us see the inside of a war in the most original way. Homosexuals are not supposed to be very masculine, therefore it is not very common for homosexuals to recruit, but also thanks to the fact that it is a homosexual narrating, we get a better sense of what the feelings were like and how soldiers felt about war itself. ...read more.

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Clearly, the love between Pelagia: Greek and a tough woman with very aggresive instincs towards foreigners, and Captain Antonio Corelli: the opposite of who Pelagia was suppose to fall in love with, lively, happy and Italian, made the reader feel more identified with them as the situation was very realistic and humorous. The negative effects of a war are obvious, and are expressed outstandingly well in the book. "At least 4000 were massacred and possibly 9000. Was it 28000 kilos of butchered human meat, or 648000? Was it 18752 litres of bright young blood, or 42192?" this quote is incredibly impressive. It does not only provide us factual information, but also portrays the amount of insanity that takes place at times of war. It not only shocks the reader the outstanding figures, but the roughness and coldness in which Louis de Berni�res puts them forward. In general, Louis de Berni�res accomplished a great result with these techniques. The powerful effect of irony, reality and humour expressed in words, brings forward very effectively the effects of war. If the objective of a good novel is to portray and transmit feelings and a good story, Louis de Berni�res has surely accomplished it with Captain Corelli�s Mandolin. ...read more.

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