War Is Kind Analysis

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Wars are times of hardships and suffering, in which hundreds of lives are lost every day. Sometimes writers protest war to honor those who have fought and maybe heal their own psychological wounds. Some types of genres writers use are poem, short story, and novel. Imagery, irony, and structure are tools that writers use to protest war.

Using Imagery to creating a mental picture in the reader’s mind, writers can protest against the ghastly events that happen in war. In “War Is Kind” the author shows us the scene of the “swift blazing flag of the regiment, right before describing to the reader “a field where a thousand corpses lie”, to show that war takes thousands of lives everyday (Doc A). Crane uses imagery to protest war, to descriptively telling us some of the things he would see in war. He also uses imagery to impact the reader by telling us thousands of lives are lost everyday in war. In “The Yellow Birds” the reader is brought to the scene of “... the husks of dogs filled with explosives and old arty shells and the guts and everything stinking like metal…” (Doc D). Kevin Powers used imagery to show the reader the
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Using Irony, authors can show a reader the opposite of what they would expect. One example would be “Dulce et Decorum Est”, or “It is sweet and right in Latin. Owens uses this title to make the reader believe that the poem is about something “sweet and right”, but instead the poem is mainly about the gruesome death of a soldier dying during World War 1. This impacts the reader and protests war because people dying is not sweet and right. In “War is Kind”, the author also uses irony in his title to protest war. Crane states that soldiers should know the “virtue of slaughter and the “excellence of killing”, but slaughter is not virtuous and killing is not excellence (Doc A). He does this to show that war is not really kind, while to also enhance the reader's thoughts to what is

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