The horrors of war

             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. 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’t “ 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 ...

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