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Darryl Williams Dr. Kathi Griffin ENG 205-09 3 September 2010 Critical Analysis of “War” “War” is a short story written by Luigi Pirandello, and it is about a group of people on a train arguing about their sons being sent to war. For some reason Pirandello does not give any of his characters names, but instead speaks of each by their appearance or situation. There is a tiny old man, a mourning woman in a blanket, a man who has one son at war, a man who has two sons and a nephew at war, and a fat man whom has already lost his son to war. Pirandello writes the story with no names to show how insignificant these parents are compared to their children, who are at war or died in the war. The old man tries to explain to the other passengers why his wife, the mourning woman in a blanket, is so depressed. Rather than show pity for the woman, the other passengers argue that their situations are much worse, and that the woman should be content with the fact that she is not in their position.
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Unformatted text preview: Pirandello uses the other passenger's stories to show how no matter how bad one's life is there is always someone who has a worse one. The fat man overhears everything, and is angered so much that he stands and begins to rant about how ridiculous these parents are sounding. He goes on to say that “We belong to them but they never belong to us.” By making this statement, Pirandello is conveying that the purpose of a parent's life is to cater to their children, not vice versa. The fat man then asks, “Isn't it natural that at their age they should consider the love for their Country even greater than the love for us?” Here, Pirandello is saying that parents love their offspring just as much as these young men love their country, and parents do not have the right to be upset about their sons fighting in war that has a just cause....
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