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Literature of War :Macleish2

Literature of War :Macleish2 - 1 Nick Piccirillo LIT 1933...

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1 Nick Piccirillo LIT 1933 December 7, 2007 1,827 Words Final Draft War: Horrible With Splendor Archibald MacLeish summarizes the two viewpoints different authors who write about war take when writing by saying either that war is ugly and has positives aspects and something of a point or that war is just ugly and nothing else. However, do even the most pacifistic, anti-war authors show no positive ideas 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 comradeship experienced in war. Readers can also find examples of how men hold on to their humanity in even the most traumatic of incidents, like war. Another positive aspect of war that can be found in war literature is the maturity that is gained by the young soldiers who experience combat. Throughout war literature, a reader can find examples of the positive aspects of war that authors include in order to show that although war is a dreadful affair, it holds moments of splendor. One of the positive aspects of war that is recurrent in war literature is camaraderie. Camaraderie is one of the most important and positive occurrences soldiers experience when going to fight in a war. This positive characteristic of war can be seen in one of the most famous novels about war: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. In the novel, the main character of the story, Paul Bäumer, enlists to fight on the western front in World War I with peers from his home town. Before the war, Paul was already friends with all the boys he enlisted with, however, his relationship with each of his friends clearly strengthens to a new level because of the
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2 experiences they are sharing on the western front. The extent to which this comradeship grew can be seen through Paul’s reaction to the death of one of his friends, Kemmerich. Paul does not respond to the death of Kemmerich as a boy responds to the death of a mere high school buddy. Paul responds by entering a great depression and entering a state in which he feels he is all alone in the world: Outside the door I am aware of the darkness and the wind as a deliverance. I breathe as deep as I can, and feel the breeze in my face, warm and soft as never before. Thoughts of girls, of flowery meadows, of white clouds suddenly come into my head. My feet begin to move forward in my boots, I go quicker, I run.
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