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Compare the tone and style of the two authors and comment on ways in which soldiers respond differently to their situation Due to the fact that both the extracts are about war and war experiences they are clearly going to be of a sombre note but A Foreign Field does tend to focus on the more positive aspects Digby is portrayed as a heroic figure He has dignity and pride both of which are clearly conveyed in his letters in the letter to his mother he is writing to inform her that he is to be shot and killed yet he still maintains his sense of dignity and pride and he writes Be brave and do not let this trouble you too much He doesnt want his mother to be too upset about his death but to remember he has died a happy man knowing he is doing it for his country He realises and accepts the fact that he is going to die yet still maintains his dignity His letters are clear and concise they stick to the point and fulfil their purpose which is to say goodbye to his loved ones The letter to Claire is by far the letter that shows the most emotion Although it is the shortest of the three letters it is also the saddest he is writing to the women he loves yet he still manages to hold himself together and emphasises that he is happy to die for his country and that he is dying a contented man The letters in a Strange Meeting especially the one from Beth seem so nave She appears to be oblivious to the harsh reality of war and truly believes that John will be returning from the War These letters are far less truthful it almost seems as if she feels by not writing about it it doesnt make it so real it is a kind of illusion The
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