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POEM – PERSONAL RESPONSES
Parable of the old man and the young:
The “Parable of the old and the young” is a poem by Wilfred Owen which is based on the sacrifice of Issac by Abraham. The poem depicts the irony of the man who is ready to sacrifice his son and represented it with a biblical characterization of Abraham and Issac. The poem is about chivalry and bravery as Abraham is ready to sacrifice his son rather than his pride, his country. There are angels calling from the heaven meaning there are cries of his beloved people that do not slay his own son but he is determined to do so as he cannot compromised his country’s and his pride rather than he can sacrifice his own son. There is use of imagery as he is painting a picture of nearly slaying of Issac by Abraham and it is denoting the start of the war in Europe in which many sons will be sacrificed one by one.
Anthem for doomed Youth:
The “Anthem for doomed Youth” is written by Wilfred Owen and it is also a poem of war time. Wilfred is famous for writing poems of war and explores the terror they create. There is a very horrible result of war no matter whatever is the reason for it, the number of lives it claims is devastating. The second half of the poem is dedicated to the funeral rituals which is a common site after war scenes. There are dead bodies and suffering everywhere and the misery of the family and close members is unbearable and yet there are wars happening in the world. There is much description of the deaths caused by the World War I which is known to be the worst battle of 20th century. One part of the poem also depicts the rejection of religion by Owen. The poem is dedicated to the lives of soldiers who were unnecessarily killed in the war.
Dulce Et Decorum Est:
The “Dulce Et Decorum Est” is a poem by Wilfred Owen and it is about war and its cruelties. War is probably one of the most torturous experiences one can face in life. A person has to be really strong to face the consequences of the war and thus the poet condemns war in this poem and presented a horrific imagery. He also reveals the true dangers of war front and what it is like to face danger all the time. The poet describes the brutal scenes visible in war place as British soldiers attack by chlorine and one of the soldiers was not able to get a gas mask and on time and the effect of gas on face was gruesome. The painful sights of the war time explore the theme of the poem. Wilfred has tried to write the horrible experiences of the war and the gruesome sights of dying and suffering people.
“Futility” is also a poem by Wilfred Owen famous for his presentations of the World War I, and express emotions and pain through poems. However, Futility is different from his other works and it is not a gory description or the war but has a more soothing and compassionate tone to it. The poem is very light hearted as it focuses more on the details of a group of soldiers who try to revive a soldier who got unconscious in the war. They do so by moving him in the sunlight but their efforts were futile because he died. There are many such helpless moments in the life of a soldier when he has to give up on life because his duty is to be in war and death is an essential part of it. The poem has very different tone as compared to other works of Wilfred which were mostly gory and disturbing descriptions of the war.
“Disabled”, a poem by Wilfred Owen is again the description of the miseries brought by war. It is a description of a teenager soldier who has lost his limbs in the war. There is great pain and helplessness in the description because the boy is a teenager and he is bound to live life on a wheelchair. It is the aftermath of war and thus it is also very painful as he is in the park and watch the girls, he want to meet, spend time, touch but they all look at him with a look of pity in his eyes. He is crippled for life and thus he has to be accustomed to his conditions. The poem also explains that it was an impulsive and frivolous circumstance in which he had to join the war and how everybody cheered when he departed but they see less happy on his return in such condition.
“Mental Cases” is another work by Wilfred Owen on the miseries of the war. He describes the mind state of the soldiers which were in the war and now they are not totally sound. It is also very disturbing although it did not have the direct descriptions of the war but it deals more with the post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers. They call it the shell shock and Wilfred has the experience of going to a Military Hospital where he was also receiving a treatment from shellshock. Shellshock is the term given to the soldiers of the war who were shocked or too much stressed from the happenings of the war. Everything they see has a bloody appearance and they appear tormented and torn from the experiences of the war. There were disturbing visuals that stress the mind too much and result in this situation and it is also an aftermath of the war.
VISUALIZING A DOCUMENTARY
Wilfred Owen - The Pity of War:
Wilfred Owen was a poet and soldier during the World War I and thus became famous for his war time poems. His descriptions of the war were very different from the works of many different writers and poets because they were not the exact real experiences. He being a soldier experienced every bit of it. He trapped the agony, pain, struggle, suffering, and destruction in his poems every well. The gory descriptions in his poem were very disturbing but were the actual depiction of war. He had done some commendable work in literature and he died early in war. This is the reason he is famous for his war poems only. He also described the aftermaths and repercussions of the war.
He was shell shocked from the stress of the war and thus has experienced the traumatic experience of the aftermaths of watching everything so closely. This he depicted in the lines from his creation “Mental Cases” as – “These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished. Memory fingers in their hair of murders, Multitudinous murders they once witnessed. Wading sloughs of flesh these helpless wander, Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter.” Yet another poem describes the pain of being amputated for life which was named as “Disabled”. It explained the agony of a teenager who have lost his limbs in war – “He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, Legless, sewn short at elbow. Through the park Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn.”
The documentary should be opening in a backdrop of war where there should be scenes and images of the war at the screen. It gives the idea about the theme of the documentary, and it should be sufficed with sound effects and special camera effects. Then the story should unfold as the depiction of life of a soldier, who was once a boy having a love for poetry. This will set the stage for the life Wilfred has before getting into war. Then there should be the intermingled effect of poetries and war situations. His life was commendable both as a soldier and a poet and because of him the most vivid descriptions of war became known in the most beautifully expressing genre of poetry. There were several works which covered all aspects of being in war and going through the trauma and thus variation can be seen in his work.
Some of his works which will appear in the documentary should depict all the effects of war on the soldier and his life and thus it will include his works like, Parable of the Old Man and the Young, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce Et Decorum Est, Futility, Disabled, Mental Cases.
Wilfred Owen, 1917, Greatest of the war poems who have written in English language.
Wilfred Owen, 1920, ‘Parable of the Old Man and the Young’.
Wilfred Owen, 1917, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’
Wilfred Owen, 1917, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’
Wilfred Owen, 1918, ‘Futility’
Wilfred Owen, 1917, ‘Disabled’
Wilfred Owen, 1917, ‘Mental Cases’.
For the people who like fiction and fantasy, Alien is a fantastic attempt made by Ridley Scott, they director of the film. In the beginning the film seems quiet slow but with the entry of the alien it picks up the speed.
The film is about the team who is on it return trip. Suddenly they find something abnormal. Some of them try to finds out the problem. They find a creature with broken ribs lying above the spaceship. Later A character named Kane finds a chamber filled with eggs, he tries to see it but suddenly a hand comes out of the chamber and sticks to his face and he becomes unconscious.
Ash tries to remove the creature from the Kane’s face but he fails, after scanning the body the operators cuts a part of the creatures and the blood of the creature comes out which burn the place where it fells. It was found to contain corrosive acid. The people repair the space craft. Now the scene comes when alien takes entry which is really horrible. The creature gets remove from the Kane’s face, he wakes up and dine with the other person in the space craft while doing dinner, Kane suddenly starts coughing, his friends tries their best to make him relaxed but they fails. Suddenly a alien creature burst out from the chest of the Kane and escapes. The team tries to locate the Alien but they fails.
The film is purely fictions, now where we find anything original. Earlier also many film have been made like this like “The Creature”, but this movie was excellent, the imagination was at its peak which took the film on other level. The movie worth watching.
The film was simple with limited number of character that is only seven astronauts which runs the whole film. The alien showed in the movie is quiet horrible and drags the attention of the audience.
The hard work of the special effects team including the Brian Johnson and Nick Allder, is commendable. John Hurt is his role of Kane looks quite nice. His part was very good as it provides pace to the film when the alien emerges from his body.
The other actors including Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright and YaphetKottowere also good. DerickValint the cinematographer of the film has done an execellentjod. Each and every scene was picture perfect. The story written by Dan O'Bannon is very impressive as the story is simple and easy to understand, in the whole film the focus remains on the alien and the entry of the alien has been shown in such a dramatic way that the film got success in dragging the attention of the audience.
Alien is a movie about the creature thatdoes not possess any firm background. It is purely fictious, the fantasy has been revealed in such a way that the audience after watching the movie come out of the theaters with a sort of image of alien in their mind which will not be easy to diminish.
The film must be watched as a good fiction is not easy to create and the hard work of the team of the film need to praised by watching the movie. The audience would love it because the alien is very popular among the people.
Many times the researchers have said that life exist on other planets and calls the creature of other planets as alien. This forms the concept of the film which has been presented by the director in a fictious way. The director of the film has the capability to grab the attention of the audience through his imaginative capabilities.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” highlights several instances of courage and cowardice. The title of the book itself, “To Kill a Mockingbird’ indicates the cleverly nature of using moral courage to deal with social aspects. Atticus explains to her daughter what real courage is when he tells her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb onto his skin and walk around in it.”
Radley house was a prohibited place because of Boo who never got out of the house during the day. Children were very scared of the place, on their way from school they had to run full speed past the Radley gate. Dill bets with Jem. Dill challenges Jem’s courage; he tells him that he will never get any farther into Radley’s yard than at the gate. Jim fears but doesn’t want to show his cowardice, he gives excuses that if Boo comes out and finds them, he will kill them all and again he is worried of her little sister. Dill still insists calling him a coward. Jem finally composes himself, goes in and slaps the corner of the house and runs back. This portrayed Jem’s bravery, Scout even says, “In all his life, Jem has never declined a dare” this implies that he is always brave.
Due to nosiness Jem and Dill had courage to sneak up to the Radley house and gaze through the window until they were caught and ran away. Jem lost his pants and he had to courageously retrieve them to Radley place since he never wanted to disappoint Atticus. Jem was afraid to go there because he knew it was dangerous. But he had no option; he never wanted to explain to his father where he lost the pants. He felt that the courage to go back to the Radley place was much easier than the courage to explain to Atticus. Jem is not emotionally brave because Scout tells us that when Jem remembers their mother even in the middle of a game, “he would sigh at length, then go off and play by himself behind the car-house.” This indicates that Jem is not courageous to deal with emotions, thus he hides to play alone.
Mrs. Dubose is depicted to have great moral courage. She is addicted to morphine as a painkiller prescribed by her doctor. She is sick but decides to stop taking the painkiller. Mrs. Dubose does not fear death, she chose to die behold to nothing and no one. The fact that she is sick does not scare her not to cease taking morphine; her determination is to stop the addiction even if she dies.
Atticus is a widower but yet has the courage to provide for his children. He does not shun his responsibilities as the children’s only living parent. Scout exploits this fact when she says, “Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he plays with us, read to us and treated us with courteous detachment.”