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Study representations 1 and 2 of the Blitz. They are both representations of how civilians reacted to the experience of the Second World War.

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´╗┐Study representations 1 and 2. They are both representations of how civilians reacted to the experience of the Second World War. How far do these representations differ? Representation 1 and 2 are both valid, yet very different depictions of the Second World War?s effect on the reaction of British civilians. Generally, representation 1 embodies the traditional view of Civilians? reactions to the war, whereas representation 2 epitomizes the modern interpretation of the civilian?s reactions to the Second World War. Within this essay, I will be closely comparing both representations and noting the extent to which they compare and differ. There are many similarities between representation 1 and representation 2. One of the most notable similarities is that they both clearly emphasize and mention the large amount of loss and death that was faced during the Second World War. For instance, representation 1 mentions that ?approximately 66,000 civilians? were killed during the war. Likewise representation 2 supports this statement as the boy within the picture (Arnold Tab) ...read more.

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For example, representation 1 indicates that ?the population came together to fight a common foe? we can connote that this form of ?togetherness? and ?unity? was brought on by the blitz. Equally, representation 2 displays wardens and a civilian joining forces and working together to absolve the mass destruction laid out as a result of the bombs. Both representation 1 and 2 epitomize how the Blitz, although tragic, managed to unite nationals from all classes, genders and ages in their fight to win the war and beat the Germans. Although there are numerous similarities between the two representations, there are some apparent differences that can be noted. Firstly, representation 1 indicates that the supposed high state of morale was essentially just ?mythologized? and an ?illusion?. It goes on to explaining how there was ?low morale? amid the citizens as they were being ?let down by the government? This completely disagrees with the first representation. Source 1, clearly admires the Second World War. ...read more.

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As well as this, the source actually mentions that ?Arnold Tabbs battles on? and the war has no shattering of his normal life. To summarize this, representation 1 emphasizes that the Blitz created the difficulty and struggle to stay calm and carry on, whereas representation 2 represents the idea that civilians affected by the Second World War managed to continue living their normal lives, despite the chaos around them. In conclusion, although there are some resemblances between representation one and two (which mainly regard the agreement towards the major turmoil and disaster that world war two brought on), I sternly believe that representation one and representation two significantly differ. The reason for this decision, is because representation one clearly endorses the idea that there was a very low state of morale amongst the British population (this can be clearly be seen in the title ?Rethinking British Morale?). In contrast to this, representation two signifies that civilians (much like Arnold Tabbs) were able to ?battle on? with high hope and morale during the period of the Blitz. ...read more.

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