Why were the children confused at Kaspar’s claim regarding the war?

QuestionsWhy were the children confused at Kaspar’s claim regarding the war?
Pratik asked 1 year ago

Why were Peterkin and Wilhelmine confused about their grandfather’s claim about the ‘great victory’ in the poem ‘After Blenheim’ by Robert Southey?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 1 year ago

In the poem ‘After Blenheim’, old Kaspar claimed the Battle of Blenheim which caused great destruction and loss of lives to be a ‘great victory’. Actually Kaspar’s view was the typical one among the common people affected by the propaganda of warmongers.

But on the other hand Kaspar’s grandchildren Peterkin and Wilhelmine were ‘little’ and ‘young’. That highlights their innocence and the ability to raise questions. The propaganda of heroism and false patriotism through war was not yet indoctrinated in them. That is why they could find no real reason in calling a war ‘great’ in any sense. And so, the children were confused in their grandfather’s claim and asked:

‘But what good came of it at last?’

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