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    How would we ever know how war truly is if it wasn 't for literature? Reading literature can help you better understand the hardships and tragedies, they Finish the positive attitude,and challenges your view about war. They touch our hearts, in a way that textbooks are unable to. A good story makes us put ourselves in those characters shoes. Stories spark empathy, they make you interpret them, and think of the many tragic possibilities and consequences that war can bring upon us. Literature represents human expression, it helps us see a different point of view that otherwise we would never be able to experience. In his article Damien Gayle, writes about two authors giving speeches and sharing their thoughts on poetry and how it helps, (if it helps) children understand the Great War. The first to speak is Jeremy Paxman, he first states that teachers depend too much on poetry to inform the children of the actuality of the First World War. He then goes on saying that the war is taught only a poetry now, ad that it’s not helpful to see it all through the eyes of poetry. On the other hand Michael Morpurgo, has a different point of view on the subject. He claims that stories are often able to connect with an individual in a way a that textbooks are unqualified to. ‘ …/diaries, the letters home, those voices which speak from the heart,…/or the poems that they wrote , they have a way of getting through to us as a history book might not be able to do’. There is a…

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    from across the world. The Museum of the Great War puts all their past, present, and future exhibition descriptions on its user friendly website so that people can see what each exhibition is about and plan for future visits. Overall, I think the way the museum presents the War to the public is very simple yet interesting. The museums emphasizes a lot of different themes of the war throughout its exhibitions. Anything from how life was during the war, to the weapons used, to the different…

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    The most difficult moment for Paul is when he faces a French soldier. This was truly a tragic moment that changed Paul’s perspective of war. The language that Remarque uses is so simple and yet very touching. The sentences in this chapter are particularly “short and bring out the constant sense of fear and the threat of death that accompany battle; longer ones are employed for the self-analysis that Paul undergoes” (Hutchinson 60). The whole idea of war and patriotism falls into questioning. The…

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    two Crane utilizes the literary term, personification to exaggerate feelings. Crane talks for a while about men wanting to kill and then states, “glory flies above them”(9). Glory cannot fly but Crane allows it to by using personification to amplify the emotions of glory to make it seem as though it is amazing and these bloodthirsty men are dying for it. Crane starts this stanza making war sound not all bad, just a bunch of men willing to die for glory, but then Crane leaves the end of the…

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    converted into military hospitals. Alternative schools had to be built to keep the curriculum going. There was a shortage of staff as many of the male staff had participated in the Great War, so classes had to be combined, retired teachers had to teach again and unqualified and trainee teachers were called on the job. Many schools were damaged from aircraft bombings and even school that were not damaged had trouble conducting classes as the aircrafts outside were so loud. Either way, schooling…

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    Imagine this, your 25-year-old son is in war, fighting for the sake of your country and your people. You are finally about to reunite with him after a long wait for his return. Imagine this, you receive a knock at your door 1 week before you were promised that your son, who is fighting for war, will be returning back home safely. Someone you’ve never met before tells you the most devastating news and before you know it, your son will not be returning home ever again. Imagine how this would feel,…

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    In Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear almost every character has some kind of wound, either physical or mental. Two character that have such wounds are James Compton and Billy Beale. Both of which have an obvious scar from war and mental scars that are also somewhat apparent. The mental scar is more obvious on James while the physical scar is more obvious on Billy. Although James have both kinds of scarring his mental one stands out the most. Before the war he was a jovial and eccentric…

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    Indian Camp presents a very innocent and naive Nick, one who hasn’t been exposed to the horrors of life. While the young Nick states that he knows the women is going to have a baby his father quickly insists that “[he] does not know” (16). Nick is unaware of the pain that coincides with labor, especially labor without anesthetic. This shows how Nick sees life as a pure thing, something that is simple and painless. That night Nick also is exposed to a man who killed himself. The concept of…

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    Propaganda: The Twisted Truth “War propaganda...twisted the truth and allowed for governmental control of people’s thoughts and viewpoints towards the war” (World War I). Used in order to display a positive image of World War I, propaganda was the government’s attempt to hide away the terrifying parts of war and to magnify the positives of it. Propaganda was used as a weapon against a country 's enemy, as it gave society a twisted image of the enemy and incorrectly displayed the war as…

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    Remarque succeeds in giving brutal imagery throughout the novel. The reader surely understands the dynamics of this marvelous work. How changed are these young men. Change into veteran soldiers of war with no more foolish thoughts of patriotic bravery. How can they have such thoughts they ask since their former innocence no longer exists and now these words have no meaning if they ever did. The psychological condition of the men preparing for the next battle is made the more real when visiting…

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