Sebastian faulks uses a variety of techniques such as powerful adjectives and verbs to describe the horror of war through Weir’s Death.
Sebastian Faulks describes Weir’s death really fast as his life was nothing worth, this may suggest that the loss of life is quick and fast for every soldiers and that you can lose your life in a few seconds and no one will remember. This link to the fact that Sebastian Faulks uses Stephen to show this as he was Weir closes friend and he doesn’t seem to care about his death, but the fact that now he is lonely. Faulks try to emphasize this to show that life moves on. “ He felt more lonely than ever in his life before’ this suggest that he feel sympathy for himself and not for his dead friend, this might relate also to the fact that weir is the only person that ever loved him as isabelle walked out on him; this makes the reader feel sorry for Stephen because he is a horrible mental state.
Likewise the fact that Sebastian Faulks uses horrible adjectives to describe Weir death without any emotions; shows that Stephen didn’t really care about his death as he knew he was going to die at some point ‘ Weir’s terror under The guns has been a conductor for his own fear’ this makes the reader feel sorry for Weir as Faulks describes him as a lovable character and ‘innocent’ as he never had a girlfriend and he was so young. Faulks emphasize this by making him one of the officials and before his death he walked past the parapet and ‘Sniper’s bullet entered his head’ this shows that even though he was one of the officials he didn’t notice that the ‘parapet had not been replaced’ and didn’t have the chance to save his life.Faulks uses the comparison with Jackto show that officials and tunnelers, are all at the same level and officials shouldn’t be looked as ‘superior’. Faulks uses Stephen to generalise the thoughts and feelings that most soldiers at that time must have felt about the war ‘ He hated the selfishness of his feeling, because he felt more sorry for himself than for his dead friend,’ this makes the reader feel angry with Stephen as Faulks makes the reader get attached to Weir and like him more than Stephen as he is described as a ‘cold and mysterious person’.
This might have shown the devastation of how people might have felt when you lose someone you care about. Faulks uses simile ‘like a puppet’ to describe Weir death as if he was an animal to give vivid sick imagery to the reader.