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English
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ENGLISH 1A03
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Roger Hyman

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January 15  th Generals Die in Bed  Critics from writer’s: ­Grittiest, darkest, toughest novel written about the First World War  ­ Accurate, Straight, Journalistic response, but uses narrative techniques ­ Plain unvarnished account of the front line  Critics from Canadian Soldiers: ­ A gross shameful slander on the Canadian soldier  ­ A mass of filth lies ­ Vile misrepresentation  Close Reading:  ­ Harrison dedicates the book to the bewildered British, Canadian, and German  soldiers.  ­ When he says bewildered it is assuming he is confused as to why the soldiers  died.  ­ Pay attention to the use of the words: Payday, dribble, carousel First Page: ­ “Down the line”: refers to the troops in the trenches, down the line towards death  ­ Suggestion in the first introduction: connection between trench warfare and  prostitution. Down the line in Montreal.  ­ War is to be seen as exploiting as is prostitution ­ Connection between soldiers and prostitution ­ ­ Spelled odor in the American spelling  ­ Older man reading the bible, while teenagers smell like booze and women  Color in the book:  ­ Pay attention to the use of color**  ­ Jandous?  – yellowing of skin, liver disease ­ Complexions are green  ­ Using language to suggest political positioning of war Propaganda image vs. Soldiers in book:  ­ Harrisons trying to recalibrate what goes on in the bunk rooms  ­ Comparing a picture of a soldier, to the image Harrison creates  ­ Picture Soldier is decorated, and looks like hes having a good time  ­ Hes smoking a pipe  ­ Picture man looks way older than the teenagers in the book  ­ Picture man very well outfitted with clean clothes and great boots  ­ Is he standing on a shadow or image of a country?  ­ Carrying a gun non­shilant  ­ Carrying a small pack 15lbs ­ Real pack was 60lbs  ­ Image is propaganda, marketing war  Poem:
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