The Charge Of The Light Brigade Comparison Essay

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I have chosen the following works because they each relate to war or conflict in their own way: The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Threnody to the victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Pedericki, and Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix. The Charge of the Light Brigade by Tennyson tells the story of the 600 soldiers who were sent to their deaths. The deaths of those soldiers who died were due to the ill planned charge on the part of the commander. The troops knew of this mistake, yet they still rode bravely into “the valley of Death.” Over 200 of those soldiers did not survive the charge. Krzysztof Pedericki’s Threnody to the victims of Hiroshima, is played by a string orchestra and is a music memorial, in my eyes …show more content…
Tennyson wrote this poem to not only tell of and praise the heroics and bravery of the 600, but to condemn the decision to send the brigade in the first place. The valley of death is a reference to the valley of the shadow of death mentioned in the 23rd psalm, and is used to enhance the sacrifice made by the 600. Tennyson uses stanza 2 to show how heroic the actions of the soldiers were. The soldiers knew that the charge was a mistake, but they chose to follow orders and rode bravely into battle and were willing to die for queen and country. Tennyson then spends the rest of the poem describing how outgunned the troops were, and even attempts to further condemn the decision to charge by stressing the death toll. Krzysztof Pedericki’s Threnody to the victims of Hiroshima was originally going to be named 8’37”, the pieces duration, but he took the advice of a friend and decided to use the emotion impact that the name of Hiroshima has on people to his advantage. This piece was composed in 1960 and is performed by a string orchestra. This is an example of Modernism, and was turning point for Polish Musical Compositions. Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix was painted in 1830. It depicts the French revolt against King Charles X. Delacroix uses colors to emphasize Liberty’s power, and show how Liberty united the people. He also uses the light to show those who …show more content…
The 600 are described as noble, and the last stanza says that they should be honored for the sacrifice they were willing to and did make. I believe that Tennyson meant to condemn the charge, praise the bravery of the 600, and try to inspire the bravery shown by the 600 because in today’s society, I’m sure that this is nothing new, that kind of true bravery is hard to come by. While Pedericki’s Threnody to the victims of Hiroshima may not have been composed with the victims in mind, it was still able to embody that name. The shrillness of the violins and strings helped instill the sense of horror and fear that we can imagine the citizens of Hiroshima felt when they heard that they were going to be bombed. I believe that it not only conveys those emotions, but can help us remember why we don't just use a nuclear bomb whenever it strikes our fancy. Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People presents one key idea for me: unity. In this case, it is unity on the battlefield. I believe that Delacroix wanted to show that when we all join together, regardless of class or creed, we have the potential to make the world and our lives better. I chose these poems because of their connection to combat, but also because of the underlying emotion I saw there. The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson promotes true bravery and honor, Krzysztof Pedericki’s

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