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Nick Piccirillo LIT 1933 November 5, 2007 1,378 Words War: Horrible With Beauty World War I is one of the most controversial events in history. With the absence of an obvious objective for the soldiers to fight and die for many critics have chosen to take the position that the entire affair served no meaning and was just a horrible mess that caused countless soldiers to lose their lives in vain. This position is very offensive to numerous people who believe that it is horrible to say so many atrocious events happened without any meaning behind it. Archibald MacLeish summarizes the two viewpoints different authors who wrote about World War I take when writing about the war as saying either the war was ugly and had moments of beauty and patriotism and something of a point or the war was just ugly and nothing else. However, do even the most pacifistic, anti-war authors show no signs of beauty in their narratives about war? Examples of positive aspects of war can be found in even the most famous of war criticisms. A reader can find examples of the beauty of comradeship experienced in war, how men hold on to their humanity in even the most dramatic of incidents, and how some shred of patriotism was possessed by the soldiers who fought in World War I. Most authors choose to present World War I as a dreadful event that within it held moments of splendor and true patriotism rather than just an ugly mess with no point. One of the beautiful aspects of war that can be seen in war literature that criticizes World War I is camaraderie. Universally, camaraderie is considered one of the most important and beautiful occurrences soldiers experience when going to fight for the first time. This beautiful characteristic of war can be seen in one of the most famous novels that criticize war: “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque. In
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