The World 's First Global Conflict

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Chantel banks World Literature II Literature Essay March 7, 2015 Illustrations on the Impact of War The world’s first global conflict, World War 1 (1914-1918), opposed the Central Powers of Germany, Ottoman Empire, Austria and Hungary against the Allied forces of The United States, Great Britain, Russia, France, Japan and Italy. World War 1 was significant because of the initial appliance of modern technology into warfare; which consequently resulted in an unfathomable amount of soldiers’ deaths and multinational collateral damage. Through the introduction of multinational war, was the introduction of personal experiences and perspectives of all parties included. Although we may never know firsthand of the emotional pressure and frame of mind of the many individuals who endured the World War 1, we are fortunate in the amounts of historical artifacts, including literature written during those times, to help provide the future with an awareness and appreciation for those who sacrificed their lives for the world today. Two pieces of literature which specifically explores the emotional impact of war is Katherine Mansfield’s symbolic work of literature “The Fly: and W.B Yeats poignant elegy, “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death. Each piece of literature written during the first year of the post war era, are an impressively intimate illustration of emotionally expressions and perspectives of the protagonists caused by the devastation of the war. The two pieces of literature
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