The Red Badge Of Courage, The Great Gatsby And Atonement Crucial Texts For Wwi, Wwii And The Civil -bloxorz

Reference-and-Education While novels should never replace non-fiction books in any history classroom, works of fiction written around and about important historical events can add an extra level of depth to a students understanding of history. Just as historical context can improve a readers understanding of a novel, exposure to the art inspired by a particular time period can help a historian better understand what life was like for people living in that time. Its one thing to know dates and facts, but a work of fiction allows the reader to see inside another persons head and heart. Though F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby doesnt actually cover World War I itself, it deals so intimately with one facet of American life after that war that it might not be a stretch to say that no study of post-WWI America is .plete without it. Its sort of an anti Grapes of Wrath; if times were tough for Americans after the Great Wear, Jay Gatsby and his cronies knew nothing of it. The book can seem like its all jazz and liquor, but a careful reader will see so much more. Though written much more recently, Ian McEwans Atonement is about as engrossing as any World War II novel could hope to be. Its plot seems to be modeled after a Hitchcock movie; it first seems like a classic tale of star-crossed lovers, whose romance is thwarted not only by their different social standings (its probably worth mentioning that the novel is set in England), but by some pretty impressive treachery on behalf of a young girl. That alone could make for an engaging read, but then WWII occurs and turns what the reader hopes will be a charming love story into something much denser and more .plex. No discussion of war-themed novels could possibly be .plete without The Red Badge of Course. This book by Stephen Crane bills itself as An Episode of the American Civil War. It originally began as a serial, and was later made into a full-length novel that no decent library should be without. The Red Badge of Courage is unique in that it doesnt glorify or glamorize the Civil War, but instead depicts war as a rather soulless undertaking for all involved. Speaking of not glorifying war, Tim OBriens The Things They Carried, a fictional diary-style coverage of the Vietnam War is something of an anomaly: required high school history reading that students actually enjoy. Its a warts and all account of Vietnam that is technically fiction, but based around OBriens actual experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War. The Things They Carried includes a good deal of metafiction and OBrien addresses the difference between what he calls happening truth and story truth. It basically makes the distinction between simply relating the facts of a war versus crafting a narrative that evokes strong emotions in whoever hears or reads it. Its basically the difference between learning about war from a history book versus a collection of experience-based short stories written by a war veteran. Each serves a purpose, and together they give any history student what she needs. About the Author: – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: