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Re: "What was the matter with this war?" Why does he ask this question?

on Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:09 pm
Granted, as some others mentioned, this can be a rhetorical question that reflects his resentful complaint about the war and the vicissitudes and adversity it brought to plenty of people that involved. It also can be deemed a kind of distillation of mixed feelings. Query towards the rulers and war starters, probe of the significance of civil behind the curtain of blood, disappointment about the darkness the world let him see and experience, and last and foremost, the strong and wholehearted desire of ending of the war also surged though such a encapsulated line of question.
Maybe he didn't think that much when these words rushed out his throat, maybe he just felt an outburst at that moment of hearing the death of two co-workers, just like our emotions often arrive before we calm down and think. I believe the sympathy triggered by the events was a combination or a accumulation of all above.
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on Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:18 am
I think there’re two levels of explanation to this question. The first one is that Henry is afraid of death after the ambulance driver’s death. Even though he has boring work and life, he still have faith to life through war. Such compliment is toward the war and it’s consequences. The second level of “what was the matter with this war” is confuse. Even though the Austrian Empire knew its weakness itself, they still insist on continuing on. If the war could be ended more quickly, people would have live a better life and the country itself could be better.
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Re: "What was the matter with this war?" Why does he ask this question?

on Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:48 am
From my perspective, the question tells his confusion that why the army of Austria still survive and hadn’t fall apart since they were not that strong. This embodies his hope of ending the war, and that’s the wish of all the soldiers. He was afraid of the death, especially after he knew the death of the ambulance driver. He was so afraid and nervous that it turned into anger so that he shouted out loud to reduce his fear. His shouting and questioning tells his desire of peace. He really wanted the war to end as soon as possible.
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Re: "What was the matter with this war?" Why does he ask this question?

on Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:29 pm
He is confused about the situation of the war, and he ask this question to express this emotion. The war did not seem like one as it went on. Soldiers no longer wished to win the war for their country, but instead, they want the peaceful situation went on even this means that the war will not end. These soldiers feel discouraged about the war, and soldiers around the character start to die due to reasons that are usually not used to describe a soldier's death. The character was disappointed by the situation, and the disappointment reflected on his behaviour, and affect these soldiers in charge of fighting on the front line.
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on Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:52 pm
He was confused with the war and maybe knew what is going on but to express his disappointment and weariness. Soldiers lost their fight will and they were eager to get a peaceful ending. From this sentence I think Henry had lost the fear of the war and raised the anger and disillusion. Lt's not only said to the situation of the armies of Austria but also himself.
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