The D-Day landing which occurred on June 6th 1944 was a horrifically violent episode in time. As the allies moved onto French soil to try and push the Germans out, they were faced with the randomness of war. In the opening shot an elderly man walks through what is presumed an American and French cemetery but soon collapses from what is believed an oppressed and painful memory; this soon switches to Omaha Beach with an extreme close up of his eyes. Spielberg in fact is foreshadowing the ending of the film while transporting us to the painful site of this memory. At the start of the beach scene we experience a de-saturation in colour, witnessing gloomy and extreme blues, visually affecting our mood, magnifying our emotions such as depression and anxiety. The brutality of the scene soon escalates; the injured and the dead fall to the ground; the lucky that have not been hit trying to survive. The violence and viciousness of many massacred men soon become a benchmark for our morality as we become desensitised to the bloodthirstiness of war. The onlookers soon see Sergeant Horvath. He is the calm voice on the landing craft, the figure that always seems in control. He compares sharply to Captain Miller with his shaking hands and his shocked reaction to the montage of horrific scenes men on fire, losing limbs and being randomly shot. Later in the scene as he gathers the fragments of sand, a mid-shot appears showing jars with different continents names on them. The juxtaposition of the scene with the preceding scene, where a soldier has broken down under the psychological stress of the battle, is important because it portrays Sergeant Horvath as an experienced and detached soldier. We observe that he seems to have completely lost his humanity and his morality to not react or empathise with these cruel acts he has witnessed. Because of the layer upon layer of brutality that Spielberg has created he has emphasised how quickly your humanity can become numb while under the setting, the ‘world’ of extreme violence under fire.
The separation of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland tore families apart; blood turned against blood because of their religious and political beliefs. The classic fanatic moved to keep their beliefs alive and press them onto submissive personalities. Liam O’flaherty used an