Saturday, 29 October 2011

Is Jack a brave soldier in ‘The Hero’ by Siegfried Sassoon?

Soldiers who fight in a war far from their homes and near ones are different from the common run of men.  The words ‘brave’ and ‘courageous’ are associated with the image of a soldier. But, Jack is not a true soldier in terms of bravery and fearlessness. He is an ordinary person of flesh and blood with fear of death. He makes a lame excuse to go back home and tries to cross the trench. Then a mine explodes and blows him into pieces. Evidently Jack is not a hero as he lacks the essential qualities of a true solider.   

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