The Man He Killed

4 April 2015
An analysis of Thomas Hardy’s poem, The Man He Killed.

The paper discusses how Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Man He Killed” focuses on the author’s disdain toward war and senseless killing of people who are similar to him. It shows how Hardy uses descriptive terms and detailed language to evoke emotion in his reader and the emotion he is most likely hoping for is that of empathy toward other soldiers and dislike toward war.
When the narrator uses the word quaint to describe war, it sticks out like a sore thumb. (L17) For the most part, quaint means that something is pleasing to you, and war certainly isn’t pleasing to the narrator. It could be sarcasm at work, and that is a very effective tool. It could be that quaint is meant to actually mean something else. By adding curious to the description, you can almost see the man sitting with a confused look on his face. (L.17 It is not so much about the man dying, but what it has done to make the war much less glamorous for the guy.
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