Summary

The poem "The Hero” by Siegfried Sassoon features a mother who receives news of her son's passing in the war. The letter she receives from the Colonel makes the mother think that died as he would have wanted. The Colonel’s letter, as well as the words of the Officer who delivers it to her, make it seem like her son, Jack, was a hero. The mother grieves the loss of her son, but she says she is proud of him, adding that mothers are always proud of their dead soldiers . 

However, these are later revealed to be lies. After he leaves, the Officer thinks that the lies he told Jack’s mother would comfort her. He also thinks about how Jack was, in fact, both useless and a coward. It is revealed that Jack panicked after a mine blew up and tried his b...

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