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Analyze Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon,  explaining how the tone and...

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Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:04 AM via web

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Analyze Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon,  explaining how the tone and structure affect the reader.

An analysis of Suicide in the trenches by Siegfried Sassoon, line by line explaining how the tone and structure emphasise with the reader?

 

Explain what Sassoon wants the reader to think about about why he says what he says, what the title is meant to portray, and what message he is trying to get across

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM (Answer #1)

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In 'Suicide in the Trenches', Sigfried Sassoon uses three quatrains of iambic tetrameter, each consisting of two couplets, to give a jaunty cheerful rhythm that emphasizes the disconnect between the popular sense of war as thrilling and glorious and the grim realities of trench warfare.

The first stanza shows how a naive new soldier takes the popular enthusiasm for war into the trenches with him, and makes the reader start to feel cheerful about war. The second stanza marks a major transition to the reality of winter trench warfare and the boy`s suicide, in a twist that shocks the reader. The third stanza rebukes the reader for cheering young boys onto their deaths and invokes guilt.

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