There was roughly seventy two million people who were killed during World War two. The war was felt worldwide in every country across the globe. It was almost impossible for someone to not be affected by that war. Things are different in today’s society. Nowadays when wars happen most people brush it off like nothing, just another war. This was not the way that Moacyr Scliar saw things. He thought was war was a thing that should not be taken lightly no matter how small. Moacyr Scliar intended for Peace and War to be about society’s numbing to the tragedies in life to a point where war is seen as nothing more than just a job. Peace and War depicts a futuristic satire where war is seen as just a job. In the story it compares war to being nothing more than an average job where you work 9-5. This is shown at the beginning when the main character says “I was late for the war;
I had to take a taxi”(Scliar 138). This shows how minor war is made out to be in this story.
Tragedies happen all the time in life and Moacyr Sliar had to live through many of them. He was born in 1937 which was only a couple years before World War 2. This means that he has lived through tragedies first hand and wouldn’t want anyone to take what they have for granted. He uses Peace and War to show people that war is not something to be taken lightly and he has to first hand experience to know that. This is not the only time he has tried to prove this point in his writing. A lot of his writing is about segregation, the Nazis, the Jews. These were all things that played a large role in World War 2. This demonstrates how Sliar thought that war was a very big deal.
In Peace and War Scliar depicts a futuristic satire where war is seen as nothing more than a job. It is not seen as a bloody, violent horrible thing it is just a job. Scliar thinks that war is so much more than a job but instead mocks how most of society treats war in today’s society. He also uses the characters in the story to get...
Peace and War – Moacyr Sliar, Translated by Tricia Feeney, Viewpoints 12
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