ALDINGTON DEATH OF A HERO PDF

Shelves: the-lost-generation Most World War 1 literature in popular culture seems to begin and end with All Quiet on the Western Front, which I hesitate to refer to as "overrated. In any instance I think then that Richard Aldington ought to be just as widely read as Remarque and Ill explain why. Remarque obviously wants the reader to imagine themselves within the same situation. Remarque goes for empathy. The problem is that where Remarque has his group of characters go from close friends doing very unmilitary things together: chasing girls, hanging around town, so on and so forth, there is a time before when getting together with a group of your closest friends to fight and kill other groups of close friends was not even a remote thought.

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Plot summary[ edit ] Death of a Hero is the story of a young English artist named George Winterbourne who enlists in the army at the beginning of World War I. The book is narrated by an unnamed first-person narrator who claims to have known and served with the main character. It is divided into three parts. After a disagreement with his parents, he relocates to London to become an artist and live a socialite lifestyle. He ingrains himself in socialite society and engages a number of trendy philosophies.

After he and his lover, Elizabeth, have a pregnancy scare, they decide to marry. Although they do not have a child, the marriage endures. They decide to leave their marriage open.

Just as the situation is becoming particularly heated, England declares war on Germany. George decides to enlist. Eliot and Ezra Pound , [2] both of whom were close personal acquaintances. No particular location in France is mentioned. The town behind the front where George spends much of his time is referred to as M—. He fights on the front for some time. When he returns home, he finds that he has been so affected by the war that he cannot relate to his friends, including his wife and lover.

The casualty rate among officers is particularly high at the front. Upon spending time with the other officers, he finds them to be cynical and utilitarian. He loses faith in the war quickly. The story ends with George standing up during a machine-gun barrage. He is killed. At the end of the book there is a poem written from the point of view of a veteran comparing World War I to the Trojan War.

Censorship[ edit ] Aldington, a veteran of World War I, claimed that his novel was accurate in terms of speech and style. It contained extensive colloquial speech, including profanity , discussion of sexuality and graphic descriptions of the war and of trench life.

There was extensive censorship in England and many war novels had been banned or burned as a result. When Aldington first published his novel, he redacted a number of passages to ensure the publication of his book would not be challenged. He insisted that his publishers include a disclaimer in the original printing of the book with the following text: To my astonishment, my publisher informed me that certain words, phrases, sentences, and even passages, are at present taboo in England.

I have recorded nothing which I have not observed in human life, said nothing I do not believe to be true.

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Richard Aldington

Both of his parents wrote and published books, and the home held a large library of European and classical literature. His father died of heart problems at aged Supported by a small allowance from his parents, he worked as a sports journalist, started publishing poetry in British journals and gravitated towards literary circles that included poets William Butler Yeats and Walter de la Mare. At the time he is described as a "tall and broad-shouldered, with a fine forehead, thick longish hair of the indefinite colour blond hair turns to in adolescence, very bright blue eyes, too small a nose and a determined mouth. On their return to London in the summer they moved into separate flats in Churchwalk, Kensington , in West London.

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Plot summary[ edit ] Death of a Hero is the story of a young English artist named George Winterbourne who enlists in the army at the beginning of World War I. The book is narrated by an unnamed first-person narrator who claims to have known and served with the main character. It is divided into three parts. After a disagreement with his parents, he relocates to London to become an artist and live a socialite lifestyle. He ingrains himself in socialite society and engages a number of trendy philosophies. After he and his lover, Elizabeth, have a pregnancy scare, they decide to marry. Although they do not have a child, the marriage endures.

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