The Experience Of War Essay

947 words - 4 pages

The Experience Of War

Many authors have written about war themes, some extracts of the
stories and poems that I have read and researched are The Upturned
Face by Steven Crane .It is about a fictional war being fought in an
imaginary Europe. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell describes his
senses and feeling of getting shot in the neck during battle. Exposure
by Wilfred Owen,describes the horrors and reality of being in the
trenches of the First World War. And The Making of Me by Robert
Westall is about a shell-shocked grandfather who has the
responsibility of looking after his grandchild.

In the Upturned Face by Steven Crane, a fictional war is fought in an
imagined Europe. This extract describes the stresses of battle and its
effects on the relationships between comrades at arms. In the extract
Crane depicts the scene of a dead comrade:

"The first button brick-red with drying blood, and he did not seem to
dare touch it." He successfully captures the scene of battle
describing the scenery and sounds of battle. Crane uses sentences such

"Bullets cracked near their ears" this depicts how close they were to
being shot or killed. He uses tension in the writing to depict what it
would be like

"He burst out in a sudden strange fury at the two privates."

In Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, he describes being shot in the neck
in a descriptive but to the point kind of way. Orwell describes the
experience simply and directly,

"It was the sensation of being at the centre of an explosion", he uses
these types of sentences to create a depicted image and feeling of
what it is like to be shot in the neck.

"With it a sense of utter weakness a feeling of being stricken up to
nothing" he uses powerful descriptive sentences to create a image of
what it was like, this sentence depicts an image of that felt he had
no energy and that he thought he was going to die.

In Exposure by Wilfred Owen, Owen uses imagery of pain and suffering
in the poem to recreate the horrors of battle. The realities of battle
are depicted powerfully, through the imagery of the poem,

"Our brains ache"; "like twitching agonies of men" and "worried by
silence" these phrases describe the nervous strain of the soldiers in
a war situation.

"Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles." Is a good way of
describing the spikes on the barbed wire, which surrounds the

"Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence" gives the
reader a good idea of the constant dangers of being in the trenches
during the First World War.

In The Making of Me by Robert Westall, a shell-shocked grandfather is
given the responsibility of looking after his grandson. At first the
grandchild was frightened of his grandfather because of the stories he
had heard about his grandfathers violent drunken behaviour.

"When his second child was born dead, he ripped the gas-cooker from
the wall and threw it downstairs." This describes...

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