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Private Peaceful Extract
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Adele Taylor

on 30 October 2013

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Private Peaceful
Stylistic Devices
Setting
Analysis
Characters
Theme
'Breaking Down' & 'Giving Up'



'Desperate Struggle', 'The Horrors of War' & 'Death'



'Loss of Humanity'

Sensitive words, strong emotions
Misconception of war
“Neither Charlie nor Oranges and Lemons can drive away the terror that is engulfing me and invading me, destroying any last glimmer of courage”
Terror, engulfing, invading and destroying
Engulfing: Thomas being pulled into an ocean of terror.
Invading: the terror is invading Thomas’s mind and having war with his soul.
Destroying: the aftereffect of war - war destroys any last bit of courage, hope and your state of mind.
Dark
Cold
Drinking tea
Fear
Purpose and Importance
- Foreshadows a bad event in near future
- Forms reason why Charlie is deemed a coward
- Horror of War: Death is better than fighting

Inference
- Does Thomas feel it is his fault that Charlie dies?
- Possible development of shell shock?
- Does Charlie have similar feelings about death when he is executed?
Summary
“It doesn't seem possible, but on the second day the bombardments intensifies. Every heavy gun the Germans have seems to be aimed at our sector. There is a moment when the last fragile vestiges of controlled fear give way to terror ,a terror that can be hidden no longer. I find myself curled into a ball on the ground and screaming for it to stop. Then I feel Charlie lying beside me, folding himself around me to protect me, to comfort me. He begins to sing Oranges and Lemons softly in my ear, and soon I am singing with him, and loudly too, singing instead of screaming. Before we know it the whole dugout is singing along with us. But the barrage goes on and on and on, until in the end neither Charlie nor Oranges and Lemons can drive away the terror that is engulfing me and invading me, destroying any last glimmer of courage and composure I may have left. All I have now is my fear.
When their attack comes, in the pearly light of dawn, it falters before it even gets near our wire. Our machine gunners see to that, knocking them down like thousands of grey skittles, never to rise again. My hands are shaking so much I can hardly reload my rifle. When they recoil and turn and run we wait for the whistle and then go out over the top. I go because the others go, moving forward as if in a trance, as if outside myself altogether. I find myself suddenly on my knees and I don't know why. There is blood pouring down my face, and my head is wracked with a sudden burning pain so terrible that I feel it must burst. I feel myself falling out of my dream down into a world of swirling darkness. I am being beckoned into a world I have never been to before, where it is warm and comforting and all-enveloping I know I am dying my own death, and I welcome it.”
Extract from Private Peaceful

> Tommo enlist for war, even though he's underage
> Courageous
> Breaks down in disbelief.
>“I know I am dying my own death, and I welcome it.”


>“Then I feel Charlie lying beside me, folding himself around me to protect me, to comfort me.”
> Brave and fearless
> Bringing back home and fellowship


> Fight along the side of Tommo and Charlie
> Troop/Dugout: "Before we know it the whole dugout is singing along with us.”
Mood & Imagery
heavy guns
terror that is engulfing
singing instead of screaming
invading terror
terror that can no longer be hidden
screaming for it to stop
fragile vestiges
wracked and burning pain
heavy guns
pearly light of dawn
as if in a trance
"

Context
Tommo and Charlie in the trenches, talking quietly with a small lamp nearby and asked about their family



Tommo finds himself stuck under the ground buried in the dirt of the bomb.
‘There is a moment when the last fragile vestiges of controlled fear give way to terror, a terror that can be hidden no longer’

‘in the end neither Charlie nor Oranges and Lemons can drive away the terror that is engulfing me and invading me, destroying any last glimmer of courage and composure I may have left. All I have now is my fear.’
'There is a moment when the last fragile vestiges of controlled fear give way to terror a terror that can be hidden no longer.'

‘I go because the others go, moving forward as if in a trance, as if outside myself altogether.’

‘I feel myself falling out of my dream down into a world of swirling darkness. I am being beckoned into a world I have never been to before, where it is warm and comforting and all-enveloping. I know I am dying my own death, and I welcome it.’
‘Our machine gunners see to that, knocking them down like thousands of grey skittles, never to rise again.’

'I go because the others go, moving forward as if in a trance, as if outside myself altogether.'

Diction

Writing style of author:

Emotional and meaningful
This is exactly what happens to every soldier in any war.
Michael Morpurgo used emotional words such as ‘fragile’, ‘screaming’, ‘destroying’, ‘shaking’, etc., to put a strong effect on the audience.

“Our machine gunners see to that, knocking them down like thousands of grey skittles, never to rise again” - simile
“I feel myself falling out of my dream down into a world of swirling darkness” - metaphor
Charlie - hope.
Oranges and Lemons - home, family.

Figurative language

Symbols
Theme and Character
Development
Before the text
After the text
Thomas Peaceful
Charlie Peaceful
Troop
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