in what way does the poem john brown reveal the irony of life?

in what way does the poem john brown reveal the irony of life?

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  1. John Brown’s mother glorifies war. She is under the impression that war is nothing but “lots of medals” which can be put up on the wall to boast. She is ignorant of the horrors of the war and the physical and emotional exhaustion the soldiers undergo. So when her son is getting ready to go off to the war, all she worries about is the medal and not whether her son is going to come back alive. At the end, her son, barely alive, makes sure to put the desired medals into his mother’s hand as he knew that all his mother wanted was the glorified medals.

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