• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparison between 'The Hero' and 'The Soldier' (Poems) - English Lit.

Extracts from this document...


Humoon?s Comparison Essay: ?The Soldier?, ?The Hero? In this essay I will be comparing two poems; ?The Soldier? and ?The Hero?. ?The Hero? is about an officer who delivers a consolatory letter to a grieving mother concerning the death of her soldier son, Jack. She is proud of her son?s glorious sacrifice but, on leaving, the officer reflects on Jack?s cowardice and incompetence in the line. The poem, ?The Soldier?, is about the honour men receive when fighting for their beloved nation, England. It expresses patriotic views of war and the idea that England is its on heaven. The different effects the writers use along with their difference in opinions will be explored in this essay. In the poem, ?The Hero? the title itself helps to emphasise the poems purpose. The ?hero? of the poem is, of course, ironically termed. Jack is the kind of malingering coward who earned the contempt of his comrades on the battlefield, especially in a well-disciplined regiment like the Royal Welch, in which Sassoon served. The writer has chosen this phrase to clearly emphasise the types of dehumanising effects war had on soldiers in the front line. ...read more.


“‘We mothers are so proud - Of our dead soldiers”. The mother speaks as if for all British soldiers: perhaps the consolation that she finds in doing so is in subsuming herself in the collective loss of all the mothers of the nation. At any rate, these words do seem more sentimental than authentic: their clichéd expression helping to repress the great grief of the woman. Also, I can tell from this that even if the mother expresses her positive thoughts, she still has regrets. This is evident in “Then her face bowed”. The word bowed shows her almost hesitant way of thinking. The writer has used this aspect to show the contrast of families’ ideologies from the start of the war to near its inception. “Brimmed with joy, because he’d been so brave, her glorious boy”. The alliteration in these lines, expressing the devastation of the mother, is used very effectively by the writer. The effect of the repeated ‘b’s is to convey her restrained tears and give a suggestion of tremulously spoken words— of repressing the need to cry. ...read more.


This gives me the impression that he thought that dying for your country was an honour. He resembles this level of honour by implying that a ?British heaven? would emerge in the foreign land. However Sassoon has an almost completely different opinion on war. He expresses his thoughts through the dehumanising effects of war and the downgrading of the soldiers? emotional status. Even though many, including myself will agree with Sassoon?s thoughts, we still have to be aware that both poems give a biased opinion of war as they do not explore both sides of the argument. Therefore I can tell ideas on war can change from person to person and that these ideas have changed form the past century. It is clear to me that Sassoons ideologies have developed along the years to a point where most people will agree with him. Sassoon shows the emotions families go through once they hear the painful truth of death. In my opinion, both poems are successful in delivering their message across to the reader. Many of these poems at that time where used to either motivate men (in the case of ?The Soldier?) or discourage men from fighting as the true identity of war is revealed to them (in the case of ?The Hero?. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. Compare and contrast the soldier and futility

    This shows Rupert Brooke's love for his country. This poem also has no sense of animosity or resentment towards war. 'The Soldier' says that each person is unimportant but in 'Futility' it says that every person is important. The style and structure of each poem is very different.

  2. Nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and I am not that woman by Kishwar Naheed ...

    about their superior lifestyle and it conveys Afrika's anger as this links to the image of heat used earlier in stanza two "anger of my eyes." The simile "guard at the gatepost" suggest that the restaurant is reserved exclusively for white people.

  1. Comparing and contrasting of poems 'Woman Work' and Overheard in County Sligo'

    Maybe a holiday or something. I will elaborate further on this 'rest' when I go on to talk about the next stanza. This stanza shows that she wants to get away from it for a rest so she is asking nature to move her out of her situation.

  2. The Soldier

    What I feel he is trying to say by this quote is if he dies in a foreign country there will bit a part of England there so if he should die, he will be under an English heaven. The poem is a sonnet, which means it has fourteen lines with each line being made up of ten syllables.

  1. morning song and catrin comparison essay

    The midwife slaps the baby's foot soles, to start its breathing, the baby takes its place upon the elements; it has taken its place among the living creatures. The echoing voices are the "oohs and aahs", cries of joy from parents and others.

  2. Analyse "Aftermath" by Siegfried Sassoon and "I am" by John Claire

    question whether or not he is in fact insane and or just depressed to the point of suicide. The truth is not we nor no one else will ever know the answer to this. However, the poem then goes further and makes us question our beliefs into how we should treat and diagnose the mentally ?insane?.

  1. How does Wilfred Owen in Disabled treat the subject of exclusion? Including comparisons with ...

    This can also be referred to as the refugees not fitting in with the natural world. The words ?trees? and ?ease? present a peaceful image, although the refugees remain excluded from this peace by the third and final line of the tenth stanza ?They weren?t the human race, my dear,

  2. Alice Walker (Poem at Thirty-Nine), U. A. Fanthorpe (Half past Two) and D. H. ...

    will be no need to rush or it would be a catastrophe where to world goes into uproar since people depend and base their lives on this concept of time. ?My Parents Who Kept Me from Children Who Were Rough? by Stephen Spender was a poem about a child who

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work