Oh What A Lovely War 02


Charles Chilton presents war as it was depicted during the World War I in the form of songs in “Oh what a lovely war”. He, in a sarcastic tone, creates the title, which despite symbolizing a sad phase is still possible to be celebrated and praised.

With this, he shows that despite the adverse effects of war, it can still be communicated and presented in a jovial way since not all people are affected negatively by war. While other people rejoice over its course, there is a group that becomes sad and devastated. It thus shows that a previous past message can be communicated many years after its actual occurrence (1-5). In this sense, they are used to make the war period and episodes popular by showing how one can be persuaded in a friendly way only to end up being hurt by the war. This is clearly shown in the episode where the photograph wants to take pictures only to end up assassinating the red poppies who are comprised of a husband and his wife and who represent impending death in the event of war (1).

Therefore, in a soft manner the message in the songs enables the authors to present their criticisms in the way that the war victory was achieved hence avoiding hard confrontation. It is because, such grievances and expressions are supposed to be handled cautiously since they involve people in authority.  They are mainly quick to declare war yet they value their interpersonal relations more and are thus reluctant to go to war. With this, war only becomes a protagonist to other people and not others.

Attenborough, Richard, & Duffy, Brian. Oh! What a lovely war (Motion picture). Perf. Bogarde, Dick, Calvert, Phyllis, Cassel, Jean Pierre & Clements, John. UK: Paramount Pictures.          1969.


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