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consequences of war

Leaders of conflict guide others into battle showing them that their best ideas may result in disastrous actions being made. In The Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred Tennyson reflects on the consequences of war for the whole of the British cavalry who were killed in the Crimean war.

In Mametz Wood, Owen Sheers describes the rediscovery of lost World War 1 graves so that we can be reminded of what happened. Both Alfred Tennyson and Owen Sheers reflect on how fragile life is and that it can be wasted so easily due to war. Both poets use imagery in order for their thoughts and feelings to be portrayed; this shows what the leaders did to the soldiers during the war.

In The Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred Tennyson personifies death and hell into some sort of monsters that the soldiers can’t escape from because they had ‘jaws of death’ and a ‘mouth of hell’. This shows the reader that the soldiers were seen as not having a chance from the very start and that maybe they were pushed into serving for their country by their s called leaders because they felt as though they needed to do what they thought was right when really it wasn’t right at all.

Both the words ‘death’ and ‘hell’ bring emotions to the readers that are unnatural and not expected, it shows us that the poet wanted the reader to see what war does to a person and that the only option is death which shows that not much thought goes into how loved one and families will cope after the tragedy’s because the leaders failed to think about anybody else but them concluding in them putting their selves before others letting them get hurt.

We also see that Alfred Tennyson wanted to show the reader what these heroes went through and what they had to suffered each and everyday due to their leaders telling them to go forward and fight, he does this by describing how they had to ‘plunge [plunged] in the battery-smoke’. The poet is showing that the soldiers kept on going even through a blinding wall of gun smoke that was there each day; this shows their courage and determination and that they didn’t want to let any one down because they were ordered to do it.

The word ‘plunged’ shows the power of the smoke and how fast it spread it also shows the violence of the smoke and that as it spread it also killed and continued to kill as the war went on. The language in Mametz wood also uses imagery but this is to show the horrors of war and what these soldiers went through to obey orders they were given. We see that the finding of these bodies created havoc and were unexpected to the farmers. The farmers were using ‘plough blades’ to tend to the soil putting it back into place when they come across ‘a chit of bone, the china plate of a shoulder blade’.


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