The Horrors of War: Different Scenarios

Topics: World War II, Roald Dahl, Steven Spielberg Pages: 3 (1051 words) Published: September 12, 2013
The Horrors of War
The horror of war is a very important theme that people nowadays should understand. I chose this theme to portray different scenarios during war. The four texts that I chose were the book, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian; the short story, “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty; the non-fiction novel, Going Solo an autobiography by Roald Dahl; and the film, “Saving Private Ryan” directed by Steven Spielberg. There is a good variety of perspectives of horrors during war. At the beginning of the book, Goodnight Mister Tom, a young evacuee is sent from his home in London to a small village, Weirwold. Throughout the text, Michelle describes to us the abuse that the young evacuee gets from his mother. Will, the evacuee, starts to settle into the village and although he has been separated from his mother, it seems as though it is better for him, because Mr. Tom cares for him and shows him a loving home, rather than his dark home where he is abused and is badly cared for. Close to the end of the story, the horror of war is clearly shown, when Wills’ best friend is killed from an air raid while visiting his injured father during World War II. Will was “finding it painful to sit down next to an empty chair, he would scatter papers untidily over the two desks to hide Zach’s absence.” He was feeling like he was alone and there was a space missing in his life. This would be very upsetting for any person, let alone a young child. From this tragic incident we can see one of the horrors of losing a friend in the war. In the short story, “The Sniper”, Liam O’Flaherty suggests the horror of war not only by presenting its physical dangers, but also by its psychological...
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