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Examine how Keane and Duffy in Season of Blood and War Photographer communicate the horror of the war and the reaction of those observers involved.

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Examine how Keane and Duffy in Season of Blood and War Photographer communicate the horror of the war and the reaction of those observers involved These two pieces of writing communicate how it feels to be an outsider, media-related observer of the devastation and damage a war has. They present this seriously through simple and truthful language from the real experiences of a person involved and how it relates to a non-warring country and the role it plays in the normal daily life of those observing through reading newspapers and TV news bulletins. Both of these pieces are written around a routine, Duffy's being the process of developing a film, and Keane's being in the process of describing a war scene. Feargal Keane wrote an account of his visit to the aftermath of a killing in a church in Nyarubuye, Rwanda, which is factually introduced below the title. It is a first person, present tense documentation which makes it easier for us, the readers, to imagine, understand and even experience the events he takes us through as it happens through his eyes at the same time. As Keane introduces the article, his main objective is to portray the reality of the situation. He does not just begin from the point where he sees the church, but begins on the journey to the church, as this is where the journey begins for him and the others. The reality is best portrayed when the reader gets to imagine exactly what is happening, and believe what is being said before Keane starts describing the war scene. That way the reader has more trust in the piece and a better experience and empathy for the events occurring. ...read more.

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writing of notes, the click of the camera taking pictures, the sound of insects, the quiet scarce mumbling of words between colleagues, but most of the time like a knife cutting the silence in the air. The place has also grown dark as the evening has progressed, which suggests the passing of time and gives a very sinister feel. One of the drivers has to put the headlights of the car on so that the crew can see where they are placing their feet. "The sound of insects grows louder now, filling in the churchyard." This reminds the readers of the lack of noise, if all those people had not been killed then there would not be silence, the amount of people killed would fill a stadium with noise. It exaggerates the amount of loss. Death is portrayed throughout this article, whether it is the lives of the victims, or the general surroundings. Keane's choice of lexis when he describes the bodies and churchyard, gives a good sense of the time past since the shooting. All the bodies are decaying, some faster and more disturbingly than others, and the weeds are growing high in the churchyard. We can deduce from this that the bodies have just been ignored, either the local community cannot face the magnitude of the devastation, or people just don't care. It makes the situation just that little bit more bitter and painful. "The body is in such an advance state of decay and I cannot tell whether it is a girl or a boy." "There is blood, rust-coloured now with the passing weeks." "The rains have left pools of stagnant, stinking water all around them." ...read more.

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This is a very view on life, but one that is true. There are two ways of interpreting this Psalm, the first, is in relevance to the whole history of earth and mankind it is not significant than a few people dies, people's lives are brief, they die and it doesn't make that much difference in the scheme of things, time should be not spent worrying about the things that worry you in daily life, as in the whole cosmic, it is irrelevant. "Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream." The second would be the message of living life for the day, and accepting the fact that days do turn into night and the cycle never changes. "Make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us," This shows us that the man in this poem is of Christian religion, but is having a hard time accepting this statement. He is trying to remind himself of the words from God to console him, and help him overcome his frustration for the general public's attitude. Due to this personal insight into the character, Duffy presents a much more personal view of the speaker and character. Here we get a real insight into the mind of the photographer, and the story is portrayed only from the man's perspective. Instead of using the horrific description of the victim's dead states, and portraying the frustration of the reality that this happens in some countries, Duffy uses the description of the photographers mind, and the frustration of the general public's lack of care for the victims. There is a great use of emotive language to portray the tragedy of the situation and how he feels on certain matters. "suffering set out in ordered rows." "tremble" "pain" "nightmare" "twist" "stained" "agonies" "prick" All the lexis is drastic, and very impacting. ...read more.

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