Hardy tells us that, without a war, these two could have met at an inn and shared a drink. The sense of morose dejection is absent from the poem, which is so prominent in the poems of Wilfred Owen. Byron was an aristocrat and had a good education. We do it to sustain the order of our governments. The fact that he was at war was not reason enough for the speaker. The narrator didn't shoot at his enemy from an odd angle or position; rather, they are looking into each other's eyes and attempting to kill the other without personal reasons. Themes of The Man he Killed There are various themes in this poem.
The writer falters at the end of the opening line of the third stanza as he tries to justify his action. After all, Hardy characterizes the narrator as being interested in personal gain when he mentions that he enlisted because he was out of work, and the poem fails to mention any cause or loyalty. Written in the first person from the standpoint of one of the soldiers, the first stanza expresses the idea that the two men who fought would, had they in other circumstances met each other outside a pub, have enjoyed a few drinks 'right many a nipperkin' together. I believe that this is done so that in his own mind and also to us the reader, he is trying to convince himself and trying to come to terms with what he has done. The poet surmises that the soldier he shot, had perhaps enlisted in the army just for the sake of it, or probably because he had no job and no money, like himself.
Most of all, he was afraid of being a disgrace to himself, his family, and his village. The guilt keeps growing for O'Brien as he continues to stare at the body. Around his family he pretended to be brave and that he looked forward to fulfilling his patriotic duty, but he prayed with his mother every night that the war would end. In the novel, Azar shows that he actually enjoys the work of war and it does not really seem to bother him. Many poets have chosen to write on controversial topic of war.
Suddenly George Orwell faced a tough decision. It is easy to appreciate this poem and to identify with the soldier and his feelings, sympathizing with his predicament and sensing that he regrets having had to kill his enemy. On the other hand, other poets have a patriotic view of war and like to show that dying for your country is honourable. The Boers were descendants of Dutch colonials, in what is now South Africa, who had left English-controlled territory decades earlier to carve their own states out of indigenous-held lands. Could there be something else going on here, too? One in four Victorian women never married, which led to huge numbers of women living on the streets, begging and prostituting. It forces the reader to examine the brutality and inhumanity of war, and to ponder how humans are often victims of sheer circumstance and fate In a world filled with merciless crimes, it is not rare to hear of people losing their humanity.
Dickens and Hardy use these themes to help perceive and advance our understanding of the main characters and stimulate interest in the locations. The stanza, however, ends with the word 'although', telling us that the writer is not in fact at ease with the idea that he has killed his enemy. There are two very different attitudes expressed by each of the poets, one showing futile and disgust at the very thought of a war and the other showing delight and celebrations and the implying that someone that dies for their country is a very honourable and you will not be forgotten easily. Meliorists believe that society is constantly improving, but only through man's efforts. The stanza, however, ends with the word 'although', telling us that the writer is not in fact at ease with the idea that he has killed his enemy.
You kill men that, had you met them anywhere else, you would have bought a drink for or loaned them money. Or does it affect him at all? The attitude expressed by Hardy is very clear and simple. You shoot a fellow down You'd treat, if met where any bar is, Or help to half a crown. The Johns Hopkins University Press. In real life, as a part of the infantry, the speaker stared a man in the face and shot him. I believe that soldiers dying in a War should be honour and should never be forgotten. He also had a keen interest in history, and studied many of the wars that had happened much before his time.
You may go through the Central Idea of The Man he Killed The central idea of the poem is the futility of war and the havoc it wreaks. Using enjambment to link to the fourth stanza, the narrator reflects on the fact that the soldier he killed probably decided to join the army 'list is short for enlist because he had no work and had sold his belongings. The last stanza is the shortest because the poet is telling his own point of view. He never shows a distinct intent to kill another man, yet he does so because of his obligations to the army. In the fourth stanza, the poet says that my foe who was not his foe at all would also have been rationalizing the same situation but, in wars, we have to set aside all such sort of emotions and kill the man in front for some other reason.
Hardy wrote during the Boer War in 1902, its theme is timeless. Both of these, though different styles of writing, represent images of war. The rhyme allows the description to have a surreal quality and brings forth a dreamlike state of the soldier's mind. This indicates that either the speaker was quicker than his opponent, or that his aim was better. The people are acting lifeless and are even refered to as spirits. This distant war, in which the British army acted as colonial police and whose objectives were unclear to many fighting men, gave rise to the moral dilemmas this poem addresses.