Dulce Et Decorum Est --Wilfred Owen Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of disappointed shells that dropped behind. GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And floundering like a man in fire or lime.-Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. Visual Document #4 Subject: World War I: Global War, Total War Aim: Is it sweet and proper to die for ones country? Gallipoli (1981) Background • Who: The English, the Ottoman Empire and ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) colonial soldiers fighting for Great Britain • Key Characters: – Frank Dunne: Played by a young Mel Gibson is an opportunistic runner who wants to find a way to get ahead in life. Of Irish descent, he has little desire to fight for the British who hung his uncle from a tree at the crossroads…. – Archie Hamilton: Played by Mark Lee, is an idealistic 18 year old who wants to join the fight in Europe even though he is underage. After he and Frank become friends, he convinces Frank to join as well. Observe these characters carefully! Background • What: Some of the most murderous trench warfare of the Great War. Many Australians blamed the British for valuing the lives of the Australian soldiers less than the English ones… Background • Where: Gallipoli, situated right on the Dardanelles-the gateway to the Black Sea and Russia. • When: April to December, 1915. Background • How: – Trench Warfare – Machine Guns – Poor Synchronization – Failure of Strategy to keep up with Technology – M.I.N.E. – Misguided Enthusiasm for War Scenes & Challenge • • • • • • Scene Scene Scene Scene Scene Scene One: How Fast Can You Run? (2 min) Two: Running’s not all there is to life. (1:30) Three: The Alternative to War…(2 min) Four: The Race To The Finish…(4 min) Five: The Ball (There’s always a ball…5 min) Six: Over The Top (14 min) Challenge: What sounds and symbols are repeated in Scenes One, Four and Six? What do you think they represent?