War Is Kind

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Name: Loknath Koirala
Section: D
Roll No.: 30
Instructor: Mr. Bal Bdr. Thapa
ENGL 552 (Ideas and Themes in Poetry)
15th Sep 2015
War as a Medium to Freedom in Stephen Crane's "For War is Kind"
The poem "For War is Kind" has been interpreted several times as a satire on war. War is portrayed as a medium that brings life to the end. Death has been taken as something that is cruel, something that is evil. With the insights from the teaching of Eastern school of philosophy, looking into the lines of the poem, new directions can be provided to the vision towards death. This paper drags the poem out from the stream of satire and portrays death as a force responsible for ultimate freedom and realization. Stephen Crane, in "For War is Kind", tries to portray war as a medium that makes the span of illusion short.
In the darkness, one easily gets frightened believing rope a snake because of illusion. Because of illusion death seems as an end to everything and life only truth. Life appears as the only 'ultimate truth'. We believe after life everything is put to an end. If so, where were we before the birth? We were nowhere. We are expressed for a moment of time as the air and water are manifested into a bubble for a couple of minute. This manifestation is temporary and illusive and they are "neither permanent, nor the possessions themselves everlasting" (Goyandaka 58). Life is like a tide, which arises from the same bottom of ocean where it settles. Just for a moment of time we distinguish tide and ocean, an illusion that tide is different. When tide falls, it becomes ocean. The real form is the vast ocean not the tide. Tide is an illusion to the perception. Denying his own perception, Crane asks us not to weep "for war is kind" (Crane 69).
Moreover, said in Bhagavata Gita is, we were in void unexpressed before the manifestation and will be in the void unexpressed…...

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