The Horrors of War is a main theme that features in war stories, books and films. All Quiet on the Western Front (directed by Lewis Milestone, 1930), The Third Day, The Frost (written by John Marsden), Pearl Harbour (Directed by Michael Bay) and the poem No Ordinary Sun by Hone Tuwhare. The texts that I have chosen all relate back to the theme horrors of war in some way or another the main sub themes within the theme are how the horrors of war are generally portrayed, and what are their devastating effects how the advancement of technology has influenced the horrors of was and how the characters change as a result of the horrors of war. All the characters in these texts interact with the horrors of war and the sub themes that I have noted already.
How the Horrors of War are portrayed and their effects
As shown in the film All Quiet on the western front the horrors of war and their effects cause death and destitution. It is shown in numerous scenes throughout the film with shots of soldiers lying dead in trenches and decapitated bodies these images symbolise the effect of the horrors of war and civilians that lost their lives for the patriotism and high moral that war, was perceived as in those times. That was all propaganda.
At least one character in all the texts that I studied changed as a result of war and the horrors that come with it. The Third Day, The Frost was the best example of the advancement and differences between technologies and their influences out of all the texts that I studied it showed that in war if you"tmre the under dog then you are greatly disadvantaged the group of teenagers were the under dog in this instance and all they had was old manual rifles and home made bombs and a crummy broken down truck whereas the enemy had automatic guns and artillery as well as tanks. No ordinary sun the poem by Hone Tuwhare rather than portraying the horrors of war exactly how they were he suggested it by using phrases and connotations towards the idea if a nuclear bomb explosion things like " these polluted skies "for this is no ordinary sun" intensifying the image of the explosion - being like a sun " o tree" is a juxtaposed image a " radiant ball" and the tree these are just bits of the poem that describe the horror of the bomb explosion this and its effects " the white plains and drab sea floor your end at last is written" implying that there is nothing left after the explosion. But when Paul Baumer instinctively stabs a man that jumps in a ditch with him he then realises that the man was just the same as him " an innocent person" and that the advancement of technology through the use of bombs makes it easier to kill and not feel thus influencing the horrors of war though being able to kill hundreds at one time rather than a personal one on one situation where feeling come into the equation. The characters in each text and how they have changed as a result of horrors of war. In all the texts that I have studied the advancement of technology and its influence has been negative this is generally because in war there is going to be destruction and disaster and technology is the brains behind all the death. No Ordinary Sun describes and portrays this very well through visual images that you can imagine yourself however you want. When Paul Baumer when back home on leave in All Quiet on the Western Front he thought that everything had changed in his hometown but he came to realise that it was him that had changed as a result of being out on the front line for so many months seeing things that you can"tmt imagine in your wildest dreams Paul realised that it was not his home anymore and that the front line was his home with his friends this was a sad thought for him as he realised that he couldn"tmt felt he couldn"tmt live in a civilised culture anymore because he had changed as a result of the horrors of war. "A huge bright light, like a phosphorescent flower so white and blinding that hurt my eyes". In addition to this Pearl harbour the film portrayed the horrors of war and their effects in a more subtle "PG" way this was perhaps because it was a love story as well but there was still significant scenes that represented this such as the constant bombing, gun fire, planes and ships blasting shrapnel everywhere when they were attacking one another I felt that All Quiet on the Western Front was more powerful compared to Pearl Harbour though because it was in black and white and it being made not long after the war (1930) it made it more realistic it wasn"tmt " one of the many "Hollywood" blockbuster movies" The Third Day, The Frost portrayed the effects of the horrors of war in the same way as the others with the explosive bombing and catastrophe that are the horrific effect of war The Third Day, The Frost had the teenagers that made weapons of mass destruction from natural resources showing that even the things that are natural to us can be destructive. The close quarters of war turned two best friends against each other in Pearl Harbour due to the circumstances of being in war and pressure of being a fighter pilot turned them against each other as well as one stealing the others girlfriend they then realised that the horror of what they have seen in the war seems so much worse than their own problems and became friends again. They bombed up a ship with natural resources. "Tree let your arms fall" suggesting that it has no hope. The group of teenagers in this text are all best friends but as the story goes on they create a bond that no - one could separate this changes though one particular boy - Kevin changes when he gets caught by the enemy, his friends rescue him but notice he has changed as a result of what he saw while he was with the enemy now all he does is fear the worst because he has seen it. No Ordinary Sun is a good example of this because if there was no nuclear bomb then everything would still be alive and living but because of the advancement of technology due to this the results were devastating all because of the advanced technology that influenced the horror of war.