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Graves Use of Documents Robert Graves depicts the dramatic and somewhat gruesome memories of his days in World War I in his autobiography Good-bye to All That Without ever being involved in a war it is hard to comprehend the horrific and dramatic events that take place As with any story it is easier to imagine and understand what occurs when there is evidence to support the narrative By including letters articles and newspaper cuttings Graves is able to give the reader a better understanding of his war experience Extracts from some of Graves letters that he writes in 1915 give the readers a chance to better understand the soldiers lives during the war These letters are part of a compilation of evidence detailing the everyday activities of the soldiers Within these letters Graves creates vivid images of life in the trenches so that the reader can have a clearer picture of what the soldiers are facing In the letter from May 28th Graves describes how his ears sang as though there were gnats in them and a bright scarlet light shone over everything after a shell drops right beside him 112 It is hard to understand how dangerous and terrifying the war is but with these letters Graves is able to make it a little easier to understand These letters are very relevant to this book because they bring the reader closer to what Graves goes through in the war His behavior after the war is the result of what he faces as a soldier It becomes a part of everyday life to stand over the corpses of fellow soldiers and the site of blood is very common which he reflects in his gruesome descriptions In his letter from June 9th he sees a soldiers cap he had wornsplashed with his brains for the first time 114 Graves wants to enlighten the readers about the horrors of life in the trenches which he
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