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Women and war

Regeneration - Pat Barker

Prior thinks women have 'changed so much during the wat, to have expanded in all kinds of ways, whereas men over the same perios had shrunk into a smaller and smaller space'

Glory of Women - Siegfried Sassoon

'You love us when we're heroes home on leave...'

'You worship decoration. You think chivalry redeems the wars disgrace. You make us shells.'

War Girls - Jessie Pope

'No longer caged and penned up, they're going to keep their en up 'till the khaki soldier boys come marching back'.

Letters of a lost generation - Vera Brittain

'I cannot, even with the best motives in the world, put myself up behind scholastic walls and pretend as if I'm forgetting the war'.

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Incompetent leadership

Regeneration - Pat Barker

The maddest thing I ever did was under orders' - the superlative shows just how flawed the orders were. Said by Sassoon.

Goodbyee episode of Blackadder - Curtis and Elton

'His battle plans were saner than haigs' who is in a mental institute.

Siegfried Sassoon - The General

'He's a cheery old card,' grunted Harry to Jack / as they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack. / But he did for them all with his plan of attack.' Satirical belief that those in command can be trusted.

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Nature and war

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

'So much muscle and blood in the earth'.

Exposure - Wilfred Owen

'iced east winds that knive us' - nature is against them.

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Idealism, Romanticism, Patriotism

Siegfried Sassoon - The general

'He's a cheery old card,' grunted Harry to Jack as they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack. / But he did for them all with his plan of attack'. - Sassoon satirises the belief that those in command can be trusted - not idealising death.

George Downing's letter

'My little adventure' - trying to impress his family (the audience)

'Glorious sport' - There are lots of references to sport in war.

Journey's End - Sherriff

'it;s most frightfully exciting!' - Raleigh's naivety in 1914. They didn't know the realities of war yet.

My boy Jack - Kipling

'You see, we have built up a family - a family of nations - and it must be protected.'

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Horrors of war/ reality of war

Seigfried Sassoon's memoires of an infantry officer

'At six-forty-five the final bombardement began, and there was nothing for us to do except sit around our candle until the tornado ended,'

'Waiting for the latest rumours' - Don't know what is happening in the war despite being a part of it.

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

'No hurricane of bullets met him, no tearing metal kiss'

Common form - Rudyard Kipling

If any question why we died / tell them, cause our Fathers lied'

Blackadder goes Forth - Curtis and Elton

'A war which would have been a dam sight simpler if we had simply stayed shot fifty thousand of our own men a week' - pointlessness of war, scale of death given through statistics - shocking. Implies the war is all for nothing, and so many people are dying for it.

'Our soldiers fade away'

Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen

'What passing bells for these who die as cattle?' - lack of dignity in death, implies that their deaths are no more important than cows deaths.

Journey's End - Sherriff

'Couldn't bear being fully conscious all the time' - had to drink in order to go out and face the war day on day.

'You think there's no limit to what a man can bear?' - effects of losing a comrade.

Dead Man's Dump - Isaac Rosenberg

Exposure - Wifred Owen

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Attitudes to God and religion

Rupert Brooke - Peace

'Now God be thanker who has matched us with his hour'. - positive attitude to God and religion saying that the soldiers were chosen by God and God is on their side.

Summer in England 1914 - Meynell 'The soldeir dying upon a kiss of Christ' - could mean that he believes that they are dying because it is God's will.

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Conditions in the trenches

Journey's End - Sherriff

'Stanhope: After coming out of the night air this place must have reeked of candle grease and rats - and whiskey.'













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Home front vs Western front

Strange meeting - Susan Hill

Hillard goes home on leave and says that 'no-one knew, nobody understood'.

Blunden's letters - 'You cannot imagine how we crave for the small everyday things'.










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Young and Old

Youth - Suicide in the trencehs - Siegfried Sassoon

'There was a simple soldier boy who grinned at life... and whistled early with the lark' - 'lark' is a spring bird, this has connotations of youth. 'Simple' imples innocence. Rose with the lark 'early' presents his enthusiasm.

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Blackadder Goes Forth -  Curtis and Elton

'Captain Darling and I are behind you.' ... 'Yes, about 30 miles behind you' - the people of a higher class are safer, they dont have to be on the front line, vulnerable to attack.

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