The play is written during periods of the Second World War when there was massive killing of people especially soldiers. The war had lasted for a year and the military men were undertaking their sad duties of burying their dead. The chaplain was in the middle of reciting a prayer for the dead, but they heard a groan the graves (Shaw and Peter 14). The dead soldiers rose up, and they request whether they can be allowed to join those soldiers who were still at the war front. This event was heard by the generals of the army, the communication media and raised alarms everywhere. During the scenes in the play the dead men spoke to the living while during the end of the article the dead rise and move away while the general was watching them, he did not manage to stop from leaving. The dead soldiers who were six in number took the time to explain why they feel that they should not be buried. They were supposed to be concealed in a ditch that was excavated by their two friends who were still alive (Shaw and Peter 37).
They went ahead and claimed that they had a right not to be forgotten because; as this was possible in the event that they were covered up by the mud. They reasoned that, by now, because of the many deaths as a result of the war the ground had taken too many people and argued that it has been fed up. The ghosts in the war bring an ironical twist because wars were fought by patriotic people who were willing to live once. They did not resurrect when they died. A strategy was to be found to make the dead soldiers lie on their graves (Shaw and Peter 57).
Shaw, Irwin, and Peter Gould. Bury the dead. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1963. Print