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Louis de Bernieres's Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres uses three principal techniques to describe the effects of war so ardently in his publication. These techniques are the effective story, strong pictorial speech, and dark humour. Most importantly, the message is conveyed in the narrative, especially when Louis De Bernieres graphically refers to the war's impact on the soldiers that are fighting for their country. Initially, the soldiers have been united in their battle against the enemy "you are all young and powerful, filled with life, and you're all in this shit together" -- page 38. The mood in the start is positive, so much so that the "soldiers climbed to appreciate each other" -- page 38. They were enthusiastic about being at war, they felt powerful and strong, and they have been proud to be fighting for their country. On page 39 the text says, "We were all young together. We'd never be more handsome, we'd never be more lean and powerful, we would never possess such water fights, we'd never again feel so invincible and immortal." This very effectively describes their awareness of excitement and the strength of their minds and bodies. Over the course of the chapters, but the feelings of excitement and unity descend into a feeling pointlessness and disillusion. For example the impact the war had on Carlo is evident on page 40 when he states "That war was an experience that shaped the whole course of my thought, it was the deepest personal shock I've ever had, the worst and most romantic tragedy of my own life. It destroyed my own patriotismit forced me question the entire notion of responsibility and it horrified me and left me sad" -- these words comparison hugely with what he believed before. This effective quote produces a st.. .