WWI_Great_War_Modern_Memory_Essay - Hist 2321 Professor...

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Hist 2321 Professor Strauss 11/5/08 Response to November 6 reading In Paul Fussell’s book  The Great War and Modern Memory , he examines aspects of the  First World War and their retrospective representation in British literature.  In the first chapter,  Fussell addresses what he calls the irony of the war, providing many literary and firsthand  accounts of this notion.  Some examples include: a man comforting his high school friend while  ignorant of the severity of his wounds; numerous recollections on the use of “football” during the  war; and the attention paid by troops to upturned graves.  Fussell addresses the issue of the  war quite cynically; pointing to much of the satirical imagery provided which describes the  bleakness of the soldiers’ situations and their denial/obliviousness to it.  Although this subject  does seem to be present, as at times there definitely was a sense of irony about the war, the  level to which Fussell stress it seems excessive.  One gets the feeling that Fussell, in an 
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This essay was uploaded on 02/01/2009 for the course HIST 2321 taught by Professor Strauss during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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