WWI personal response – Maria Prida

Through the tone of the classroom, I assumed I was alone in my feeling of contempt. The film didn’t evoke a sort of sadness; in all honesty I didn’t feel anything. I was more concerned about the feelings of the people featured in the film than I was my own. I didn’t feel bad because the film didn’t confirm my pre thought image of WW1. Before watching the film, I imagined WW1 as very serious, violent and depressing. This thought of war was shaped by me by the previous teachings, the tone of the explanation of World War 1 further instilled in my thinking the seriousness of the topic. This was codirected by the film particularly by the narrations of the soldiers. They explained the war as such as a core memory, the tone was softer and talked about in a calm tone. The soldiers did not talk about the war in such a way I would talk about my personal sad memories. I would talk about my sad personal memories in a quieter tone and avoid making jokes. Towards the beginning of the film, I had no genuine instrest in film, nothing resonated with me. As the film progressed, I started feeling more connected to the characters and began gaining empathy. My interest in the film was only through empathy and not interest in the topic of WW1 itself.  

6 thoughts on “WWI personal response – Maria Prida”

  1. Your personal response is very refreshing because of the honest manner in which you express yourself. You use personal experience to relate to the film while also including key factors of the documentary, which makes this piece of writing interesting and fascinating to read. When you said, “The soldiers did not talk about the war in such a way I would talk about my personal sad memories,” this made me understand your perspective all the more and resonate with your words.

  2. I appreciate how you genuinely wrote this response with complete honesty and portrayed your personal perspective on the film. I think you referenced an important aspect that the documentary seemed to convey; how at the time, war didn’t appear as this event of torment and destruction but rather as a “core memory” like you described, or even as an opportunity for some of the soldiers.

  3. It is good to kept the honest and I agree with your opinion, many of us were not really interest to the topic itself but more to the experience that these soldiers had went through.

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