Goodbye to all That

An analysis of Robert Grave’s autobiography dealing with the disillusionment of war.

This paper examines the hardship of an entire generation of young men who grew up and experienced the First World War personally. It provides this analysis through Robert Grave’s autobiography in which he describes the horrors of the war and the consequences thereof on the youth of that time.
“It was the end of history. That’s perhaps the best way to describe the viewpoint shared by Robert Graves and members of his generation who had fought and survived the First World War. What Robert Graves spoke about in his autobiography was a disillusionment of what had occurred on the battlefield: a massacre of young men, willing to serve the honor of their country, sent into a slaughter based on poorly laid strategies and tactics a slaughter that lasted four years and cost the lives of millions. In fact, the French lost an entire generation of young men in that war. And those soldiers who survived had no idea that such a horror could be inflicted and engaged upon them and upon others. And when the soldiers returned home, they found the world had changed. Many old European empires had fallen. Losing monarchies and countries were divided up and the populace left in m?l?e of confusion and poverty. There was a certain order to the world. There was a great naivety in the world, amongst the people, and were shattered. ”