Representation of War in Sassoon’s They, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and the film Hedd Wynn

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Representation of War in Sassoon’s They, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and the film Hedd Wynn

“They”, by Siegfried Sassoon, “Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, and the film Hedd Wynn directed by Paul Turner, were works written about World War I. These works were the author’s point of view about the war. The authors described how the war effected people during and after the war was over. The poem “They”, by Siegfried Sassoon was a poem written during World War I. The poem basically states that no man comes out of the war the same. People who go into war are facing death. Either the soldier comes out alive, or dead. The war will have some affect on a soldier in some way or another. This representation of war applies to Virginia Woolf’s novel
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He became shell-shocked. He couldn’t handle the war. He was shell shock for a while, until he killed himself. Septimus came back from the war as a changed man. He wasn’t the same man that he used to be. He was speaking to his wife very strangely. She didn’t understand what he was talking about at times. He could remember his friends that were being killed around him. There was so much killing and destruction that Septimus mind was corrupted. He became mentally ill, and he didn’t come out of being shell-shocked.

For example, in the novel “Mrs. Dalloway”, Septimus wife Rezia was thinking to herself about her husband’s condition. How he had changed since he came back from the war.

I can’t stand it any longer, she was saying, having left Septimus, who wasn’t Septimus any longer, to say hard, cruel wicked things, to talk to himself, to talk to a dead man, on the seat over there (Woolf, 65).

Rezia was thinking about how her husband had changed into another person. He was talking to himself at times. He sat by himself talking about nonsense. He was shell shocked, and she didn’t know what he was talking about at times. Rezia could remember when her and Septimus were happy together. Since he came back from the war, she didn’t know who Septimus was anymore.

The only person that understood Septimus was Clarissa. Woolf used Clarissa as a person who Clarissa could relate to. Clarissa finally comes to a realization about herself at the end of the story.

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