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War and death

The main theme of the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is the theme of war. The poem highlights the bravery of the 600 soldiers who followed their orders, knowing they are going to die. 

The poem also focuses on the ranks that are present in the military by showing that soldiers know they are supposed to obey orders without question: 

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die. (ll. 13-15)

This highlights the tragedy of war and the death and destruction that is caused by it. The lines show that the soldiers know someone must have made a mistake has been made, but they know it is not their place to question their orders. Instead, they are forced to resign themselves to their ...

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