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What is the deeper meaning to "War" by Luigi Pirandello?

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The deeper meaning or theme of "War" is that there is nothing that can compensate people for the lost lives of their children. To the simple people riding on the train in Italy, each one with a son or sons either at the front or already killed in World War I, love of country or the cause of the greater good can not begin to equal the losses they have suffered.

Pirandello personalizes war. It is not about abstractions like king or country or patriotism but about how the death of beloved children cracks and overwhelms the survivors.

The people on the train quarrel about who suffers the most: the parents who lose an only son, or those who lose one son and still have one left. As one passenger states, love for one's children knows no bounds:

Paternal love is not like bread that can be broken into pieces and split amongst the children in equal shares. A father gives all his love to each one of his children without discrimination . . .

One man speaks up and articulates the "official" line: how...

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