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“Not So Quiet” as representative of gender in WWII

Evadne Price wrote the book “Not So Quiet” in 1930 under the pseudonym Helen Zenna Smith. Price was an established author and playwright by the time she wrote “Not So Quiet,” best known for her serialized romance novels. She also wrote children’s books and articles for women’s magazine. But “Not So Quiet” was a very different kind of piece, partly because of its far more serious nature, partly because it was somewhat autobiographical. She was initially approached by a British publisher to write a satire on “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque, but Price argued that she would rather write an account of a woman’s experience with war instead. Price then contacted a British ambulance driver…

Mohandas Ghandi’s Resistance speech

Wide spectrums of attitudes arise when comparing and contrasting the writings of Gandhi and George Orwell. The oppressive British system of government in India provides the motive for Gandhi’s “Defending Nonviolent Resistance” speech. George Orwell conveys peevishness of the same system–the British government by the shooting of an elephant and the repercussions of the event. The overall attitude in Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant leans toward resentment of both government and murder, while the overall attitude in Gandhi’s Defending Nonviolent Resistance inclines toward the uprising of government and nonviolent protest. Both writers share attitudes, however both writers convey opposing attitudes towards their government. Mohandas Gandhi emphasizes the use of non-violence in his speech and employs the principle of “spiritual leadership…to achieve…

Can war ever be justified?

War is an inevitable part of the history of humankind. Unlike natural happenings, war is an action of people inflicted of other people. This issue has raised ethical problems, which are still problematic till today. War is by common sense evil, but can it ever be less evil? There are a number of varying options when discussing the issue of a ‘justifiable war’. Some people argue that war is always justifiable while others argue that it can never be. Some maintain that due to human conditions, war is inevitable. Can it ever be morally justifiable to use force so as to preserve values within a society such as justice, peace and freedom? The Pacifists argue that war is never morally…