He is a former Regius professor of history at Oxford University, and was a foreign-policy adviser to and speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher. He feels disconnected from people he once felt close to, and he cannot understand the things that occupy their minds.
Paul begins to see his enemies as people rather than faceless targets, a transformation that culminates in an intensely intimate scene of delusional guilt as he watches a French soldier die slowly from a wound he inflicted.
Start your free trial today for unlimited access to Britannica. He also represents a literary model highlighting the differences between the younger and older soldiers. He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the hospital.
The realities portrayed demonstrated how poorly prepared many soldiers were for the front, especially the new recruits who had little training and how, in many cases, lives were lost due to the inadequacies of the tactical strategies applied by generals.
There is also a fair bit of philosophising. These are the everyday encounters of a soldier on the front.
Bertinck is genuinely despondent when he learns that few of his men had survived an engagement. That is, on both a mental and technical level the war in was very different from the realities of the war which raged on in She was denounced by her landlady and a customer in for saying the war was lost, as indeed it was.
The impact of the war on those at the front was undoubtedly life altering for the few who were lucky to survive, the consequences of which would be witnessed in civilian life for generations to come until the process repeated itself, arguably to a much worse extent in