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Aside from being an indispensable tool for teaching about the Great War, this book is also an excellent resource for social history and literary criticism. When he learned to play cricket; however, he realized that the boys with whom he was playing were not of the same socio-economic class as himself. He was a commissioned officer at a young age yet found it difficult taking his first command over seasoned and experienced soldiers. His gives the example of his first visit to the trenches and his exposure to the different classes of soldiers. From a systems point of view this is all disturbing, as it is a circle of stupidity that offers no possibility of escape, the war is like school, one enters as a first year and must simply endure it, to escape it is cowardice, to change it impossible from his perspective, the only thing to do is revel in the snobbishness: listing men in order of cleanliness and fighting prowess - unsurprisingly English and German Protestants are considered the most clean and the best soldiers, the French and Portuguese the dirtiest and least soldierly. Their dress, deportment, and manners were all vastly different from what Graves had previously been exposed. Dunn and found them at odds with Graves in some places. Many boys never recover from this perversion. He had been wounded by a German shell while leading his men through a cemetery on 20 July He was not impressed with polished buttons and snappy salutes.

Like most of the combatant countries, he believed the war would be brief. While in the military and at Charterhouse, he endured forced obedience and did not want his children to suffer the same fate.

Members of a Cheshire regiment sleeping and on watch in the trenches at Somme, From a systems point of view this is all disturbing, as it is a circle of stupidity that offers no possibility of escape, the war is like school, one enters as a first year and must simply endure it, to escape it is cowardice, to change it impossible from his perspective, the only thing to do is revel in the snobbishness: listing men in order of cleanliness and fighting prowess - unsurprisingly English and German Protestants are considered the most clean and the best soldiers, the French and Portuguese the dirtiest and least soldierly.

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As a young boy, he was constantly exposed to the belief that one social and financial class was superior to another. The good teacher, George Mallory of Everest fame is the role model for the good officer that Graves and Siegfried Sassoon aspire to be view spoiler [ perhaps a certain amount of the fashionable homo-eroticism of Edwardian England went into this idolisation of leading working class men into battle view spoiler [ Graves though is disappointed in his Sweetheart 'Dick' who propositions a Canadian Corporal, is hauled before a magistrate who remanded him to the care of the anthropologist William Rivers - who also treated Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ]. Indeed, he had been traumatised by the war, and took many years to overcome the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This humble and logical notion was glaringly absent among his commanding officers. The commonest motives were, it seems, revenge for the death of friends or relatives, jealousy of the prisoner's trip to a comfortable prison camp in England, military enthusiasm, fear of being suddenly overpowered by the prisoners or, more simply, impatience with the escorting job. Members of a Cheshire regiment sleeping and on watch in the trenches at Somme, He gives an example of being hospitalized as a child when he contracted Scarlet Fever. Aside from being an indispensable tool for teaching about the Great War, this book is also an excellent resource for social history and literary criticism. And it also caught the war-weariness of the interwar years, in which the greatest sin for the writer of memoir was to be boring. In the hospital ward, the similarly afflicted boys were all dressed alike in hospital gowns and suffered in the same manner. Above all an indictment of Britain as being light-weight, lacking in gravity, earnestness, and moral seriousness, their places instead taken by snobbish traditions and curious customs.

He gives an example of being hospitalized as a child when he contracted Scarlet Fever. Elliot, Wilfred Owen hide spoiler ] feminism, socialism, war trauma, Egypt.

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This is when he at last bid farewell to unnecessary obedience he experienced and came to view it as nothing more than societal posturing. At one point Graves agrees with his C. Related Articles.

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Robert Graves after the war. He had been wounded by a German shell while leading his men through a cemetery on 20 July For instance, Graves also reports the killing of captured Germans by British troops, although Graves himself had not witnessed any massacres.

In the hospital ward, the similarly afflicted boys were all dressed alike in hospital gowns and suffered in the same manner.

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The whole thing is gloriously idiotic and amateur just as the pupils despise the staff so too the soldiers despise the army leadership. Elliot, Wilfred Owen hide spoiler ] feminism, socialism, war trauma, Egypt. He had been wounded by a German shell while leading his men through a cemetery on 20 July Irish and Scottish Catholics too excitable, and thus liable to get themselves shot when doing something stupid. Graves remembered this and later describes the soldiers in the trenches and the blurred lines of authority during battle. He would shortly write I, Claudius, the book for which he would become world-famous. There was no evident distinction between the boys as they were all in uniform dress and condition. This also highlights his difference from other officers in that he was keenly aware that rank, like social class, did not make him superior. The book has a striking description of Robert von Rancke Graves' view spoiler [ a grand-nephew of Leopold von Rancke on his mother's side hide spoiler ] formal schooling as perversion, a form of espalier that prevented him from growing freely, i The opposite of a love letter to Edwardian England, a literary explanation in the form of a memoir of why the author abandoned he land of his birth in favour of Majorca, despite the experiences of George Sand and Frederic Chopin in the Balearic Islands. Above all an indictment of Britain as being light-weight, lacking in gravity, earnestness, and moral seriousness, their places instead taken by snobbish traditions and curious customs.

They slept outside in the elements and ate the same limited food daily.

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