The Relationship Between War Literature and Certain Specific Social and Political Realities
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 5, Issue 6, November 2017, Pages: 206-209
Received: Sep. 28, 2017; Accepted: Oct. 19, 2017; Published: Nov. 29, 2017
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Niththijanantham Baskaran, Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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War is one of the social problems that the global society is facing today. War has plagued humanity since time immemorial. Many countries have to go through this experience at some point of the people lives. It can bring immense emotional trauma and suffering to the people left behind by the dead. This paper is committed to explore the ramifications of both inter- state and intra-state wars and its political realities which took place in different continental settings. It revolves around central figures that were lead sometimes by urge for justice and insurmountable circumstances into war and war zones. Main objective of this study is to analyse the comparative perspective on three war-related literary texts. The First, Ivan by Vladimir Bogomolv, is a story of a child who is way ahead of his age based in German. It has rightly been described as the war ensues and the fall of Hitler is imminent, lieutenant finds evidence that Ivan is killed by the Germans. The second novel If I Die in Combat Zone is set in war-torn Vietnam. The protagonist O’Brien is forced to join the war against his wishes. Specially, this second text shows that how the culture of his hamlet requires him to display courage and prove his mettle by fighting for his country. The third one is Tamil Tigress depicts the life of a teenager who joins the LTTE insurgency in Sri Lanka against the discriminatory policies of the Sinhalese government. She is moved by the injustices committed by the state apparatus on the Tamil minority. This paper attempts to engage with political reality as they have been conceptualized by the three novelists in question. Also, a large number of these three novels explore the nature of war, its stages and its effects upon the human soul in the three part of the world. This study has planned to use analytical and comparative methods. The qualitative methodology of the research will be carried out through texts, journal, and articles. Thus, this attempt to analyze, compare and contrast above the three war- related text. Through this study, it is possible to comprehend the motivation and the inspiration that the pioneer researchers and learn the techniques and devices applied in the comparative perspective with literary texts make an interesting study.
Sociology of Literature, War Literature, Socio Political Realities, Comparative Politics
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Niththijanantham Baskaran, The Relationship Between War Literature and Certain Specific Social and Political Realities, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2017, pp. 206-209. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20170506.12
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