By Shelley Thrasher

Bree valuable and Linda Morton have sacrificed their own lives for occupation and family members. Now, in her past due sixties, Bree is compelled to come back to her native land in East Texas, the place she starts to find issues approximately herself she has refused to recognize for 50 years. Do either she and Linda—who is eventually out and proud—have the braveness to say the kind of existence they’ve by no means allowed themselves to include?

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There is much of him in The Good Soldier Schweik, whose comic title character can claim no moral worth; he is not a disillusioned hero, but a scoundrel living off his own amoral intelligence. Yet he has no counterpart in English war fiction. Even the bitterest authors (Aldington, for instance) base the moral credibility of their characters on suffering and courage. Most First World War fiction is passionate rather than cynical, and affirmative even when angry. ' 22 In real life also, Owen and Sassoon had to return to the front.

23 The harmony between Owen the soldier and Owen the poet is The Soldier-Writer as Hero 41 affirmed in 'Insensibility' where the poets ('We wise') must become as soldiers: How should we see our task But through his blunt and lashless eyes? However, some of Owen's last poetry explores a more profound sense of war's pity. He recognises that it will not do to present the soldier simply as victim or the poet as moral arbiter. Consequently, he examines the problem of moral equality which is central to the notion of heroism.

C. McNeile), a regular soldier with the Royal Engineers ('Sappers'), who began writing during the war. His stories portray a violence which sometimes seems at odds with euphemistic propaganda: a lieutenant murders surrendering Germans; a staff officer shoots a Tommy to prevent panic. 16 Yet this violence, too, is within a popular moralistic tradition; and 'Sapper' remains an uncomplicated propagandist, revelling in enemy atrocity story and extolling British fair play. His didactic violence and nationalist caricatures were sustained in the postwar adventures of Bulldog Drummond.

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