The British soldier utilizes imagery describing the captives, developing a deep disturbance amongst the journal. Arriving at the camp, he observes his surroundings noticing several “white faces” and eyes which “followed one’s every movement”. Vividly describing their uncomfortable actions and sickly looks, it enhances the view adding a sense of weakness and uncomfortableness throughout the diary. The soldier then notices that some prisoners weren’t able to speak, as they “dropped thing” or “stood trembling and inert”. In his graphic depiction, they are portrayed to be insufficiently capable of caring out any tasks in behalf of their weak conditions. This illustrative way in which the British soldier penned, gave the journal a concerned, troubled feel towards the imprisoned soldiers unwell conditions.
Throughout the journal of the British soldier, he exploits description to fully grasp and demonstrate the fear the captured Germans had. As the author mentions "some were hardly able to stand or speak" because of "exhaustion" or because they were "hollowed" with "fear," his addition of these phrases, makes the reader acknowledge the fear that fulfilled these men. The details of war, represent a time of engrossed fear that penetrate everyone, inevitably. This is further interpreted as then men were so full of fear that they "stood trembling and inert." The description of men mirrors the effects of war. As the men were captured, they lived in fear of dying which is a constant reminder of the aftermath of war. The fear that made up the men, constructs a deeper understanding of war in which gives a more vivid connection to the readers interpretation.
In the journal extract, the British soldier depicts a wide variety of people among the German prisoners to indicate that Germans from all walks of life are involved in the war effort. The ages of and behaviors of the captives are noted, with “a few older ones” who “cr[y] quietly the whole time” mixed with the “[m]ostly . . . young,” with some being “just children.” The comparison of the soldiers to “disgraced schoolboys” heightens the sense of German cruelty in inciting their youth to participate in the war. The Briton’s exchange with the “architect,” further, presents a character who seems atypical as a soldier, for he is “bewildered, submissive, fat middle-aged, unhappy,” and equipped with tools for engaging his creativity rather than an enemy in battle. In spite of the differences among the imprisoned foreigners, the capturer notes their “blurred ranks of field grey German uniforms,” along with “white faces and enormous staring eyes,” likening them to one another. This suggests that despite being unlike each other, German citizens are treated as potential combatants by their government, which dresses them and sends them off to war as though they are equally suited for battle. In presenting his prisoners descriptively, the British soldier reveals the carelessness of his nation’s adversary in sending its citizens, such as those who have been captured, to unpleasant fates.
The British soldier's detailed description of the "German[s]" demonstrates their fear. The account of the soldiers' "straggling" movements depicts how the Germans were weary of moving into their unstoppable punishment. The physiological terror within their minds is shown by how they "hardly [stood] or [spoke]" and how they were "hollowed with fear." This shows that the Germans were paralyzed both physically and mentally because of the gravity of their actions. In this presentation it is shown that when faced with the consequences of one's actions we will still cower in fear although we know the fore-coming.
Through purposeful use of anaphora, the writer characterizes between the wide arrays of different German captives, ranging from old to “young” and “experienced” to inexperienced. He portrays the different natures between each German captive when he mentions that “some were hardly able to stand” while “others… cried quietly,” creating a clear distinction between the more experienced, older captives and the less experienced, younger ones. The repetitive use of the word “some” acts as a bridge that connects and interweaves each different German from the other, depicting not only their distinct features but also the pressing times of the World War. The fact that “some” of the captives were “just children” whiles others were “old” serves as a reminder of the cruelties that the shackles of war cast upon mankind. These shackles are strengthened as the repeated usage of the word “some” progressively endows the reader with a reminder of the “fear[ful” setting. The British soldier staunchly draws upon a bridge that not only characterizes each and every German prisoner, but also indicates the unnoticed “short history” and decisiveness of a war-time period.
When describing the prisoners, the first person perspective captures their attitudes from "smiling" to smiling "cynically". With the descriptions of the prisoners, the British soldier is able to distinguish the German prisoners of world war two and the British. Ignoring how they are soldiers and they might me injured, the British man, speaks about how the German soldiers entered prison walking "deliberately slow and casual", which works as a way to show how a personal account could be biased. When he says that the soldier walks slow "deliberately" the British soldier hopes to make the prisoner look bad and like the antagonist. He emphasizes how he "deliberately" walked slow to show how the man hoped to annoy and bother them rather than pull the attention to those that "cried quietly the whole time".
In his journal extract, the British soldier purposely provides a descriptive account of the German soldiers to illustrate the overwhelming fear they were plagued with. From their inception in the camp, the Germans “were hardly able to stand or speak,” were it from “exhaustion” or because they were “hollowed right out with fear,” didn’t matter, their appearance emanated terror and mental as well as physical demoralization. The soldier’s interaction on a slightly personal level with the German architect who would “[sweat] with anxiety,” and fail to control his hands from “trembl[ing],” demonstrates how fear surged through even those who were simple architects caught amidst a ruthless war. In depicting the German’s range of emotions so graphically, the British soldier captures the essence of the dark scar left by war in the hearts, minds, and bodies of those it touched.
War time stories are filled with the emotion of the character portraying it. The author creates a sense of war time, not with visual description but with the feeling of the, “wind,” pouring down, “on the camp.” As the British soldier retells an even in his life the setting is important to allow a closer understand of how the author feels with such events. The, “million claws,” in every crevice adds to the watchful sentiment of the night. Which depict that the author feels the weight of a hard day during World War II. The wind did not just blow it, “screamed,” and, “howled.” The author uses these words to allow the reader to sense the wind as he did, to feel the fright and malice of war time. Even if both groups of men laid, “sleeping for the first time in safety,” the wind still, “bore down,” on the camp. The British Soldier does not allow the reader to forget about the war, the reminder is the feeling of creepiness caused by the, “unidentifiable noises.” Creating this watchful, solemn sensation brings the story a well-rounded description of a war time story.
Set in a time period when the war was prevalent, the author effectively differentiates between the "captured" Germans and the British troops. From the onset, the solider creates a distinction when he compares the mobility of the "kit[s]" to inability of these men to move at their own "accord". Due to this, the speaker establishes the level of authority the English held against them. Likewise, the first person narrator depicts these German prisoners as animals when they were "herded" [and] subdivided into groups". In doing so, the speaker disparages these individuals, thus their frightened portrayal.The author depicts that most of these convicts had nothing but "worthless rubbish" to provide but were sent to war nonetheless. Their inexperience becomes clear to the audience through the juxtaposition of those experienced and those "trembling and inert". In order to covey the "fear" instilled during this time, the British solider comments on the lack of responsibility towards the "innocen[t]" who were wrongfully recruited.
The author incorporates similes in order to portray the emotional state of the prisoners as they arrive at the prison. "They bought their belongings like disgraced school boys" which is indicative of their vulnerability. The association of "school boys" and the prisoners allows the reader to comprehend that the prisoners defenseless individuals. The author intentionally does this to depict the fear the captured were experiencing The author also compares one of the prisoners to a "flustered tourist who [could not] find a [porter]." This exhibits the prisoner's worrisome feelings when going through security check. Ultimately, such device facilitates the reader's understanding of the prisoner's anxiety.
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