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The man he killed analysis. Through this poem, Hardy is expressing the human vs. social conflict. He shows the stupidity of the war as compared to the patriotic beliefs towards war of those at home

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Introduction

This poem is about a man who was in the war and is thinking about his memories in the war. This poem is written in first person, making us feel like it's somebody's own story. It's written in a conversational tone; with speech marks included making us feel that the narrator is addressing us personally in an informal way. The poem is written in chatty language because it detracts the readers from the horrors of the war. The narrator justifies about killing of another man in battle, and reflects on how much he and his victim had in common. This poem was written by Thomas Hardy who was incredibly pessimistic about the society. He was very disgruntled about humanity's place in the scheme of all things. ...read more.

Middle

There is a kill-or-be-killed situation which portrays human vs. Human conflict. This is because both men were fighting to save their lives. In the third stanza, the narrator gives his reasons for killing the man. He falters and hesitates and says "because" as he cannot easily think of the reason for his action. "Because he was my foe"; the hesitant reason proves the fact that he knew nothing except that he was his foe and that also not a natural enemy but an enmity created by others. The narrator doesn't give much information about how the man looked like and is referred as "he", which shows that even after killing, the man was just a stranger to him. The use of phrases such as "just so" and "of course" suggests that the narrator is trying to convince himself that his action was inevitable. ...read more.

Conclusion

In final stanza he questions the motives of war. He says that war is "quaint and curious" as a form of mockery explaining how pointless a war actually is. He shares the contrast between how he treated the man and how he would have treated. He confesses that war is strange because he finds himself forced to kill a man, which he otherwise would have bought a drink for or lent "half a crown", if they had met in times of peace. Through this poem, Hardy is expressing the human vs. social conflict. He shows the stupidity of the war as compared to the patriotic beliefs towards war of those at home. He is also conveying the message that soldiers didn't kill other because they hated each but because of the war circumstances. ?? ?? ?? ?? Asmita Dhakal ...read more.

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