A Disengaged Connection In Luigi Pirandello´S War

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It is important to understand how different situations in life cause a variety of emotions that affect people in many ways. Quite often, the most influential situation in one’s life is one so catastrophic and life-changing. Because people typically are not to fond of change, they are stuck in the denial of their reality until they are forced to come to terms with it. In War, a short story by Luigi Pirandello, a group of people are forced to hear one another’s stories of their hardships derived from the war. Pirandello manipulated the tone of the story to transition from somber and disengaged to emotional and heartfelt in order to reflect the progression of the characters from denial into acceptance.
Moving through the stories of each character, the author uses a bland tone that results in an emotionally detached feeling for the reader. Coupled with a lack of specific names for the characters, the disengaged tone resulted in the reader lacking any emotional connection toward each character’s story. Quite similarly, the characters were aloof in their realization of how drastically changed their lives actually were. The author’s word choice provides the basis for the tone. The use of words like “sorrow” and “mourning” reflect the detached feeling of the reader, as these words lack the empathy that could be found in those with a warmer connotation.
As the story progresses, the emotion behind the author’s words fiercely intensify to represent the transition from denial to acceptance. As the tone changes, so do the characters. Now, giving more detailed descriptions of each person, the author finally gives the details needed for the reader to form the emotional connection that is only apparent at the end of the story. When the fat man is asked whether his son is dead, he breaks down into “harrowing, heart-breaking,...

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