Great War Literature Study Guide on "Birdsong"

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This study guide on "Birdsong" is aimed at GCSE and AS or A-Level students and offers detailed notes and information, which will enhance the readers understanding of the novel, "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks, which recounts the story of Stephen Wraysford, following him from a young man in pre-war France, through to the carnage of the First World War. This "Literature Study Guide" includes: Introduction: brief overview of the novel; Synopsis: an in-depth summary of the novel, outlining the main events which take place; Character Analysis: looks at five characters in the novel, analysing how their experiences are reflected in their actions and their personalities; Themes: the themes of Love, Faith and Fear are studied in an in-depth analysis; Comparisons: students are frequently asked to compare and contrast different aspects of First World War literature. This valuable section of the study guide draws comparisons between "Birdsong" and the poetry and other literature in this genre, including the works of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as the play "Journey's End", and the novels "Regeneration" and "Strange Meeting".

The topics studied are: insensibility, male relationships, death, futility and language; Historical Significance: a brief look at three of the historical settings in the novel, these are: the "Battle of the Somme", the "Battle of Messines Ridge" and the "French Mutiny"; and, Further Reading: a brief description of books which may enhance one's understanding of the novel.

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