He feels very alone, but then comes to terms with the fact that there are others fighting the same war at home as well. The standing reminder of a monument is of a great deal of importance. Not only does it show that these men are not forgotten to the pages of time, but it stresses the importance of the cost of war. The author was trying to show that war wares a heavy burden long after the last shots are fired. The author, Yusef Komunyakaa, set out with intent of painting a picture of what the men coming home from this war were encountering; as well as how it was affecting them physically and psychologically.
Yusef is faced with the memories and the pain brought by the memorial that are almost too much to bare. Yusef is fighting an internal war due to the fact that he faces sorrows that this war brings into his life. The speaker has a grim tone throughout the story and casts a soldier's perspective. This story made the reader experience the pain that Yusef was going through. This story touched the reader as Yusef had to revisit his dark past.
In “Field Trip,” O’Brien relives a war-time experience. What causes this account to differ so greatly from previous ones, however, is the fact that O’Brien revisits this experience in person rather than through his writing. O’Brien visits the site of Kiowa’s death with his daughter Kathleen who, expectedly, does not appreciate the setting. By visiting this site, O’Brien faces the guilt and horror he faced during the war head-on. He claims that he blamed this site “for what [he] had become, and [he] blamed it for taking away the person [he] had once been” (O’Brien 176).
Richard slowly began to miss his home and his younger brother Kenny, he realized that it is not easy to be away from home in a long period of time. For example, “It made me sad that Mama had written to Peewee to day that she loved me. She hadn’t even told me that when I was leaving.” (121). At this point in the book, I realized that Richard was very young to be in the war by himself and didn’t know how to act when he was writing to his own mother. This connects to the theme by showing age can have an impact on somebody.
Another example in line 3 is, “… valley of Death.” Of course this isn't an actual valley, but it does represent how the battleground was grim and many men had died. Imagery was used throughout the poem and gave readers a mental image of what the war must´ve been like.
While he did not lose his friends in actual combat, the same feelings of loss and deep sadness would be provoked. This shows the psychological weight that war and events related to it bore down on the veteran. Menelaos was no longer able to live in the mental peace he could have lived in before the war. The immense trauma and anguish caused by having his friends taken away from him as a result of war left a terrible impression on Menelaos that did not fade. Not only does war affect the companions of those lost, but it much more directly affects families.
Change Comes When It Is Least Expected In his memoir “A Long Way Gone,” Ishmael Beah describes both his indirect and direct experiences with war. He first explains that the war seemed as though it had been some place far off, and that it was when refugee began passing through was what it apparent that it was happening in their own country. The author describes the condition of the refugees as, “Apart from their fatigue and malnourishment, it was evident they had seen something … that we would refuse to accept if they told us all of it” (Beah, 2007, p. 1). He also explains that he occasionally thought the refugees were overstating their stories – his then-ten year old mind unable to grasp the terrors of seeing war first hand. Beah then goes
Americans have been participating in various wars since the beginning of time. From the Revolutionary War to both World Wars to Iraq, about 42 million people have served in wars, and over 650,000 have died on the battlefield, according to the UCSB Scienceline. It has been studied for a long time that going to battle renders many psychological effects on the individual. From looking at themselves differently to looking at their families differently, there are all sorts of effects the battlefield has on the individual. War has many impacts on the individual by changing the soldier’s self-image, altering the soldier’s connections with family and friends, and leaving long-lasting psychological effects, thus destroying the person that the soldier
If Antinous was still alive the suiter’s would have not treated Odysseus like a king, they would’ve treated him poorly with Antinous. Altogether, treatment of Odysseus shows that after they come home people will treat the person differently than they did before and they will not have the honor or loyalty to that specific person. Many years later some veterans are not able to recover from the war and traumatic memories, even after treatment. In this article, four veterans share their story about what triggered their PTSD and what they do for treatment. Mercer, Wiry, Leban, and Graves all have something in common, they all suffer from the disease, PTSD and they all tried to seek some form of treatment.
In the opening lines, we can realize how the dead soldiers have been treated, ‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?’ The meaning of ‘tolling the passing bell’ is when someone announces a soul has left from the body, the death during the funeral ceremony.In Wilfred Owen’s poem, ‘the passing-bells’ is a symbol of lack of humanity. Wilfred Owen employs this phrase to suggest that there are no people who actually care about their individual deaths. Owen compares the young soldiers with lack of indiviudality and inhumanity like a slaugther; they become dehumanized. By reversing personification, Owen expresses the dead soldiers do not get the passing bells of a proper funeral what they desire like slaugthers. This conveys that Wilfred Owen is disgusted the war and the pointless deaths of soldiers.