In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
They feel like no one understands what they have been through when they return home. Veterans also tend to stay in combat mode even after the war ends, which could lead to violent behavior at home. War veterans are misunderstood when they return home because they never leave combat mode and people do not understand their war experiences. The book the Odyssey is the story of Odysseus and his soldiers and how they remained in combat mode after the war. Homer’s the Odyssey is an epic poem telling the story of Odysseus, war hero and king of Ithaca.
Everyone wants freedom for your country. “People are trying to escape from war.” This quote I took it from a picture some people are happy for war and some are not. (Powell 149) “I made this painting for one reason.” Powell made this painting for a reason to give us encouragement to win this war. Also soldiers are fighting for freedom and people are not fighting because they don't want freedom. Us soldiers are giving our lives to help save this country and we are also saving lives for those who are injured.
Unlike “Conscientious Objector”, “Flander’s Fields” is spoken from the point of view of dead soldiers. The soldiers want the people they have left behind to carry on in their absence and continue fighting the good fight. Although the message of this poem may be inspiring, it can be discounted because we have no knowledge of what the afterlife is like or what the dead may think. “Conscientious Objector” is the more inspiring poem because it is the tale of human courage against a seemingly unstoppable force, and sometimes a little courage is all people need in
Continuing to live through battles, and women to alleviate the stresses of the war. Because of Krebs changes in values after the war the values of his hometown are the antagonist of the story. The lack of definition for certain passages and use of words within the story cause the implicit meaning of it to appear ambiguous. “Soldier’s Home” appears to be a tale about Krebs and his life after returning home from the war, but the symbolism of Krebs family, the ambiguity of his competence with courtship, and the diction of how he
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, is about American soldiers in Vietnam war. In this novel, narrator tells his own story, and his own experience in war, how this war changes him and other soldiers and how unfair it is for a young ,educated person, to go to the war which has no purpose. In this novel, narrator manages to write down a story which makes him feel embarrassed, and story that he has never told to anyone. He mentions that, everyone believes that in moral emergency they will all behave like heroes of their youth, brave, without thought of any personal loss. In June of 1968, when narrator is twenty-one years old he is drafted to fight a war, and he has hard time making a decision.
While a soldier is usually thought to be buff, tall standing, men who are proud to serve their country, instead he brings attention to the reality of the soldiers who don't feel proud to serve their country because of the hardships they go through and the extremely painful death they experience. A difference in the poems is the point of view of the speakers. The point of view of the speaker in "I Beg You Brother: Do Not Die" is of someone who was never in war, but in “Dulce et Decorum Est”, the man was speaking about his experience in war. Therefore, the characters have different
The words of Walt Whitman deeply impacted me this week. In his poem, “The Wound-Dresser,” he writes “I dwell not on soldiers’ perils or soldiers’ joys, (Both I remember well – many of the hardships, few of the joys, yet I was content.” This solid and unwavering resolve to finish well and to remain faithful, is so lost in our culture and even lost in our churches. This week was difficult for my family. Many little things built up to create a feeling of despair in my heart, but this poem touched me. I am not going through anything close to the horror of war, and yet I buckle under pressure.
“Soldiers Home” by Ernest Hemingway and “Speaking of Courage” by Tim O’Brien both deal with the difficulties of veterans returning home from war. Both of the protagonists, Krebs and Bowker respectively, experience trauma, which leads them on a search for self-discovery and an outlet for their pain. At the end of each story, neither of the characters wants to participate in society anymore. Despite the similarities, Norman Bowker is more forthcoming with his feelings, ultimately making him a more successful character. In addition, the similarities and differences between the authors’ styles accentuate those that occur within the characters of the stories; both authors use symbolism to show the changes in the dynamic characters over the course of the narratives.
There are just stories about Vietnam War, and each of them has an important theme and characters. The main characters are Tim O ' Brien, Iimmy Cross, Mitchell Sanders and Kiowa. Tim O’Brien is both the narrator and protagonist of “The Things They Carried”. As he goes into the war, he is scared and afraid of the embarrassment he could cause if he would suddenly leaves. He leaves the war full of guilt and decides to write stories about Vietnam to ease the painful memories of his past.