D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells inserts the reader profoundly into the time period that the world was at war in their book America and The Great War: 1914-1920. They take the reader through eyes of the Americans on how they looked at Europe engaging in their confrontations and through the eyes of the American soldiers who were prompted to learn how to fight after years of living their lives of normalcy. The minds of the United States citizens were not universally made up on the how they should enter the war. Many Americans and especially leaders throughout the country believed that the war was sickening and “a senseless war” to be fighting. The authors of the book quote former President William Howard Taft by him saying that the war was “a cataclysm” and “a retrograde step in Christian civilization,” and “a disaster to mankind”.
This passage is where I think Huck truly lost all this innocence because once one witnesses a massive bloody murder, there is no going back to pretend nothing happened. It reminds of a soldier suffering from PTSD. The vague diction presents how lost Huck is, and how he is trying to repress those memories, which reflects the cruelty in human nature and how a child’s innocence and be crushed instantly because of the adults a community
He denies that anything bad is happening in the war to comfort his mom ,but Paul knows that death is a very big possiblity. Paul has an encounter with a Major who tells him to march because he forgot to salute, and he felt humilated and furious. After the little run in with a major,Paul returns
Challenges at War Robert E. Lee once said, “What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors”. The novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien takes place in Vietnam. He and a handful of other men experience things only one can image and hope they will never have to experience again. They learn how death among them can greatly affect them, and many others. War is not an easy task to get through and these men all had different coping methods.
Some men are leaving because of the awful conditions, little food, and freezing weather. Men are also leaving because of the smoke filled huts, only lying on the cold hard ground,and the diseases and illnesses (Waldo 151). If I leave, then Washington’s army may lose the war. I also want to go home to my aging mother and my family that I miss dearly. If I re-enlist, it may encourage others to re-enlist and my help could be a big part in whether or not we win the war.
How do you think war impacts soldiers? I believe that there are two different effects war can have on a soldier, a psychological and a physical one. One disorder involved with war is Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, in All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Bäumer, the narrator, tells of his experiences in World War I and the term associated with soldiers who have been corrupted by the war is “shell-shocked”. In my essay I will talk about the impact war has had on Paul, and how it 's affecting soldiers today.
In the story “All Quiet on the Western Front,” WW1 is narrated by a German soldier, Paul. The war is explained as having mainly negative effects on the soldiers: “...men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war.” (1) In the beginning of the novel, Paul and his friends dreams about what their life would be like if there was peace. Their view on the war’s brutality is not deep, but many feel it has ruined any chance at a normal life. Even when mentioning home, it does not exist: “ “What’s up, Kat?...” “I wish I were back home." Home--he means the huts.” (31) Instead of home being where their families are, it has become the familiar war housing.
Rough Draft: The Things They Carried The Vietnam War, was a nightmarish place. It caused paranoia, and made some soldiers insane. Death could come at any moment in any place leaving men in constant fear knowing they could be next. Some men feared it so much they would self inflict wounds in hopes of getting discharged, and others would change their viewpoints on the war and change their actions completely. Rat Kelly, one of the soldiers talked about in the book, begins going mad when his platoon starts only traveling at night and sleeps during the day because it causes strain and exhaustion, at first he becomes very quiet but gradually begins to feel nervous and jumpy.
Erin Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front shocked and surprised people when it first came out because of it’s raw and universal portrayal of a soldier on the western front. On Paul’s leave during the war his experience going back was less than pleasant. Being surrounded by civilians who are oblivious to the things Paul had to face when fighting in the war. When Paul talked to his ailing mother, the only one he connected with on his leave, he lies to her and does not explain the horror he faced during his tenure on the front lines. In his mind he thinks that she will never understand what he faced and that the only ones who do understand are in his troop or even with the other soldiers on the opposing side.
The True Weight of War “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, brings to light the psychological impact of what soldiers go through during times of war. We learn that the effects of traumatic events weigh heavier on the minds of men than all of the provisions and equipment they shouldered. Wartime truly tests the human body and and mind, to the point where some men return home completely destroyed. Some soldiers have been driven to the point of mentally altering reality in order to survive day to day. An indefinite number of men became numb to the deaths of their comrades, and yet secretly desired to die and bring a conclusion to their misery.