An Analysis Of Erhard Schon 's ' The Vienna Woods ' And Siegfried Sassoon 's Poem ' Atrocities '

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When looking through the pages of history, without any doubt one will eventually find themselves reading the detailed recounts of crimes committed during War. When read from the perspective of those who experienced the events, we can feel their pain, desperation and helplessness. From those who enforced these ordeals onto others, we delve into their minds and see the world as they did; what drove their actions and how they felt. In this instance, two chosen documents can be analysed side by side in order to understand the savagery that is inflicted upon both parties during the expansion of Empire: Erhard Schön’s illustrations that accompany the translated texts of the ‘Turkish Riders with Christian Captives,’ & ‘Turkish Atrocities in the Vienna Woods’ and Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘Atrocities’. Both pieces are a representation of different points of view during two different wars. However, though they may be separated by 500 years, both are easily able to relay the pain that is trust upon common everyday people who are involved in circumstances outside of their control. Born in Germany, Schön adopted Lutheranism during the 1520s and began designing woodcuts that would more often than not amuse, outrage or enlighten the public . In these two particular works of art, they depict how the Turkish soldiers ‘[choked their] children’ and were ‘murdering virgins and wives, cutting children in half and impaling them on pikes’. This appeal to Ethos ultimately leads the reader to feel

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