Literature and peace. A Project. Objectives:. Gather and analyse all the materials about peace we studied this year Find out how if and literary texts may promote peace. Materials. W. Shakespeare, Macbeth (Mondadori 1983), English and Italian version
Title expectation: the poem about people different from the speaking voice: the word “they” conveys the idea of distance.
The bishop’s point-of-view
when men come back from a war they are changed because “they have fought in a just cause”.
had the courage to fight against Anti - Christ.
People changed because war has mutilated their bodies.
V ery important line = the bishop “the decisions of God are very strange”
Words belonging to the semantic field of war: they are “fought”, “attack”, “comrades”…
Two points of view about war
Positive consideration of war Shakespeare, and also Hamlet’s monologue is one of the most known pieces of the Shakespearian play: it can change everybody if fought for a just cause (in this poem the war is against Anti-Christ).
The bishop justifies the war using some abstract words like “Anti-Christ”, “honour”, “just cause” and “God”.
The soldiers’ negative viewpoint about war
Phrases like “lost both his legs”, “Bill’s stone blind”, “Bert’s gone syphilitic” underline all the negative aspects of war.
The last line of the poem
nobody can understand the ways of God which
seem very strange.
Title expectations: poem about some happy women?
2 words glory + women.