The Man He Killed Essay - Word

Throughout the third and fourth stanzas hardy reveals

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section of the poem shows how the speaker will not delve into his conflict until the shift. Throughout the third and fourth stanzas, Hardy reveals the inner struggle of the speaker with an ambivalent tone. While trying to explain the reason he killed his enemy, the speaker says, “Just so: my foe of course he was; / That’s clear enough; although” (Hardy 11-12). As this quota- tion suggests, Hardy portrays the speaker to be wrestling with the fact that he killed another per-
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Jett 2 son. The speaker fumbles with excuses to justify what he has done before realizing he has no ac- ceptable reasoning behind his actions. The “although” at the end of the quotation raises a ques- tion in what the speaker has already discussed; this word creates an enjambment, which leaves the reader hanging, and also suggests he may have another justification behind his actions. While this justification only makes the speaker feel guiltier, Hardy creates a realistic, life conflict through the equivocal tone and diction. The final shift to a regretful tone in the Hardy’s poem occurs in the fifth stanza. In the last stanza, the speaker says, “You shoot a fellow down / You’d treat if met where any bar is” (Hardy 18-19). In these lines, Hardy writes how the speaker is coming to terms with killing his enemy in battle. The speaker finally realizes he has no justifiable reasons other than the man he killed and the speaker himself were on opposite sides, but the two could have been tremendous friends if introduced in any other circumstance. With this final tone, Hardy claims how mindless
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  • Spring '17
  • Shane Hall
  • Poetry, Stanza

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