Weapons Training by Bruce Dawe Essay
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‘Weapon’s Training’ By Bruce Dawe
a) The poem begins with the connection word ‘And’ for emphasis and as an interruption to the soldiers. It is for the drill sergeant to interrupt the soldiers dazing and get them to listen to him.
b) This poem is also called a dramatic epilogue. A dramatic epilogue is a one person piece of drama. ‘Weapon’s Training’ could actually be used as a drama piece as it is very dramatic.
c) ‘I want to hear those eyeballs click..’ Click is the example of onomatopoeia. Is emphasis and it is creating a sense of fear among the soldiers. What the drill sergeant is actually saying with this is turn your heads quickly right so I can hear your eyeballs move in their sockets. He is being very serious and does not want…show more content…
l) The little yellows are the Vietnam people. The drill sergeant is dehumanizing their enemies.
m) ‘Turning the key in the ignition’ is referring to having sex. The sergeant is referring to when they get home, if they harm themselves in battle they won’t be able to perform when they return home.
n) The drill sergeant’s real purpose is to train the new recruits, to obey and to do as they are told in order to save their lives in war.
o) Describing the Viet Cong as ‘rotten fish-sauce breath’ is once again dehumanizing the enemies.
p) The drill sergeant says ‘worse luck’ because it is reinforcing that it unfortunately it isn’t a woman instead it’s a gun a war.
q) Tripes are the lining of animal’s stomach. It is a type of offal.
r) The overall message in this poem is a drill sergeant educating young soldiers and preparing them for the harsh reality of war. He is not playing ‘Mr. nice guy’, he is being tough and strict to give the soldiers no easy way out.
s) The first initial impression we get of the drill sergeant is an intimidating, bully figure.
t) The drill sergeant is homophobic, racist and sexist. My attitudes towards him are that he has a lack of respect in the way he educates the young recruits. The drill sergeant ridicules and dehumanizes others because of their race, gender and sexual
Bruce Dawe Poetry Essay
How has Bruce Dawe's poetry and the song 'Hero of War' challenge your views about war ?
Many Composers such as Bruce Dawe and Rise Against can encouraged the reader to alter their view and perspective about the war. Through Dawe's poem, "Homecoming and Weapons Training", and Rise Against's song "Hero of War", the true reality of war is shown as it is not always about being heroic and ethical but is about being in a constant battle not only in the war-zone but with yourself. Ideas such as Dehumanization, Loss of Dignity and Realities of War can be supported by poetic devices to further emphasize the idea of war. Through this it can be shown that Songs and Poetry can challenge the readers view on War.
The three texts of "Homecoming", "Weapons Training" and "Hero of War" all have a similar idea on getting the main message across to the reader. The idea of Dehumanization is a major part in War as it is the act of depriving human qualities, the act is done so that when in battle with the enemy team, the soldier's won't feel any sympathy when killing the enemy and/or innocent people. Within the poem "Homecoming" Dawe shows his concern on dehumanization, he states "they're picking them up,those they can find, and bringing them home, they're bringing them in,piled on the hulls of Grants." the quote shows the lack of respect that the corpses are getting and also they are still being treated as nobodies even though they are dead. Dawe does this primarily through the use of Impersonal Language and repetition "They're and them". His intention for this is to create a un-human like effect ,meaning that they are not human's but are walking killing machines.
Dawe's Poem "Weapon's Training" attacks the theme of Dehumanization as it is about a Drill Sergeant using dehumanizing effects on the soldiers. Within the poem the Drill Sergeant single's out a soldier shouting at him "you in the back row with the unsightly fat between your elephant ears open that drain of yours you call a mind and listen"
this shows us that the Sergeant is using a tactic by bringing emotional fear and anger to not only the person but the people around him and the aim of this tactic is to harden him up and build anger inside of him so that he can release his anger on the battlefield. Dawe uses Tone in this quote to help set the atmosphere and give a visual idea to the reader to make them feel empathy for the solider.
The song "Hero of War" by Rise Against has interpreted the theme of Dehumanization. This is shown in the following quote "We beat him with guns and batons. Not just once but again and again". the quote shows us that the soldiers are fully dehumanized meaning that they do...
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