Analysis Of Siegfried Sassoon 's ' The War '

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Siegfried Sassoon was an influential man that lead the people to the revelation of the war’s heinous truth. His genius use of literature epitomised the reflection of his critical view of the war. Siegfried Sassoon declares “I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.” and thus, he begins his personal attack against war through the power of literature. He deprecated his distaste for war by discussing the destructive nature of war which, deeply involves the true conditions and outcomes of war for the land and people. He even challenged the traditional romanticised view of war. The poems that he wrote such as ‘Attack’, ‘The…show more content…
Sassoon’s judgement of war’s insignificance is portrayed using the soldier’s wasted actions as a visual. In addition, the poet sincerely believes in the cessation of war. His application of a high modality technique in the quote ‘O Jesus, make it stop!’ demonstrates his strong desire to put an end to the war. The poet’s mention of ‘Jesus’ symbolises that he is extremely eager for the war to end because Jesus is holy and it is sinful to use his name in vain; he is willing to sin to stop war. In this quote, he scrutinises war by demanding it to end because as previously mentioned in the poem, it is strongly implied that war will never result into anything favourable to humanity.
The psychological aftereffects of the war was a main principle that Sassoon persistently debated against the war. He annihilates the false image that the English government projected to the public, exposing the revolting effects of the war on soldiers. He brought enlightenment to the matter in his poem ‘Suicide in the trenches’ by exhibiting the deadly repercussion that war brings to young soldiers. The quote ‘He put a bullet through his brain/ No one spoke of him again.’ delineates the horrendous reality of war using imagery. Besides the terrible aspect of taking one’s own life, the writer also speaks about the deadpan reaction of suicide witnesses in ‘No one spoke of him again’ and this is important

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