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Birdsong Essay | 12D Literature Blog
In the powerpoint for this characterisation lesson, there is also some questions on the epistolary form. Reading and thinking about this, and blogging a comment of your thoughts, would also be good. Two other questions for you to consider: one on the representation of birds and the creation of a motif of birds, and why Faulks does this; a second on passion, control, and society, in relation to Section 1. Again, if you could blog your thoughts on this, please.
Your comments will be assessed for quality of insight, so do take your time to develop and build on some of the excellent observations you have made thus far.
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Thanks AB. We completed a Community of Enquiry exercise on this question, the results of which are transcribed below:. In this poem, Owen portrays an encounter between two soldiers from opposite armies, effectively enemies to each other. These two personas essentially meet in hell, although it is described as an underground tunnel, similar to Birdsong with Stephen and Levi encounter in the tunnels.
This is an example of physical and psychological conflict as Levi wishes to kill Stephen yet he is unable to, and the trench warfare which causes Jack and Stephen to become trapped. Another example of physical devastation is the depiction of the deaths of certain characters.
Earlier, the wounds and eventual deaths of Douglas, Wilkinson and Reeves are described in great detail, with full information provided as to how they received their injuries. Upon the initial perception of Brennan he is perceived as a little bird, a common repeating motif throughout the novel, sitting upon his stool.
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We was all there, the whole street. Alternatively, I it could be interpreted that Brennan is attempting to achieve peace or some deviation of enlightenment, with his constant mumbling of the same events in attempts of understanding the reasoning of the acts performed in the battles in which he participated in. This passage shows that the war was having psychological impact on the soldiers as Weir, the ideal soldier, is driven into a bubbling wreck by his fear.
This creates a sense of empathy towards Weir as he is unable to contain his fear and requires comfort from Stephen whom Weir perceives as a father or mother substitute. Not only is this interpretation an example of psychological conflict, but is also a portrayal of the deterioration of masculinity, a common theme within the novel.
Faulks utilizes the boy in the nursing ward in which Stephen is hospitalised to portray physical devastation created within the First World War.
One could believe, Faulks intentionally does to create a sense of shock therefore the reader understands the true nature of The War compared to the glorified image created by those who either were far enough from the front lines to be safe or those who had never experienced the true nature of war. Although this interpretation is incredibly unlikely and therefore an ambiguous passage, a common motif throughout this poem.
The use of the simile to describe the burdened soldiers also creates a sense of empathy towards them similar to that of Birdsong towards Stephen, however unlike Birdsong the sense of empathy is created around the soldiers experiencing the havoc rather than Stephen watching a boy suffering and being no more than a bystander unable to aid him in anyway and therefore being too weak to help the boy, similarly like the soldiers being too weak to prevent ordeals they face being gassed.
There are some pleasing elements to this essay, especially your ambitious attempt to analyse perceptively and originally. You have included some good quotes, and have tried to reference a variety of other opinions as well.
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