“At that time, it was the bloodiest battle in American History.”(Bradbury 167) In, “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” by Ray Bradbury, Joby, the drummer boy, wants to be more than just a drummer boy. He wants to be a soldier. The general talks to Joby saying “you are the heart of the army.” At first Joby didn’t believe the general, but the general convinces him that the drummer boy is what makes the army. Joby stays a drummer boy. In this story, there are symbols of importance & bravery, father figure & inspiration, and death.
They ran into battle performing songs and communicating with the soldiers. Drummer boys truly were the bravest generation of their time. Have you ever walked into 1,200 guns aiming straight at you? Drummer boys in the Civil War have, some even did it more than once. Drummer boys, who also served as soldiers, were some of the bravest boys in the country during the Civil War.
Fighting for survival, killing taliban soldiers, and trusting a random stranger to keep you alive, Marcus Luttrell explains his life as an elite navy seal in his riveting novel, Lone Survivor. Luttrell’s autobiography explains his horrifying, yet captivating mission to the Afghanistan mountains, which goes bad really fast. Luttrell explains some of the elite training to become one of the best, and some of decisions him and his team made that changed their lives. Luttrell uses a series of graphic images to explain his murderous situation. Luttrell explains how the people of Afghanistan are getting tired of seeing American soldiers,”There was a kind of sullen look to them, as if they were sick to death of having American military around them.In fact, there were districts in Manama known as black flag areas, where tradesman, shopkeepers, and private citizens hung black flags outside their properties to signify American are not welcome.”(10) It is shocking to see the amount of hate that a country can have for another
However Eric conquered the fear and passed the test, this shows courage because most people would back out but Eric did not. When Eric first went to the boxing gym he did not know what to do, so when someone approached him to spar he agreed. Since the other man was a lot more experienced he beat Eric with little effort. Eric felt embarrassed after the defeat but instead of giving up he continued to go and eventually found a trainer who taught him how to box.
Gary Paulsen successfully showcased the causes, symptoms, and treatments of PTSD in his short story Stop the Sun. Terry Erickson’s father was in the Vietnam War. He not only witnessed but also experienced many traumatic experiences and loses. Terry’s father was the only soldier to live out of 54 other men. There are a lot of causes for PTSD but the most common cause is being a soldier from war.
Many of you may have heard of or seen the movie, Lone Survivor. Lone Survivor is a true account of an extreme gun battle, where Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor from the team during a military operation. From an early age, Marcus Luttrell wanted to be a Navy Seal. At age fourteen, Marcus began training to become one. Early morning workouts, extreme physical and mental trials were engrained in his soul from day one.
Imagine being captured and trapped in a camp, in North Vietnam, for six years filled with days of brutal torture and agonizing boredom. In Leo Thorsness’s novel, Surviving Hell, Thorsness and his fellow soldiers found a way to not only survive, but to thrive. Through numerous events and experiences, the soldiers survived by utilizing any means possible, both mentally and physically. It was their hope and optimism that kept them going. This can be seen when Thorsness plots his walk home.
When he was faced with health struggles he kept fighting to be a good person to all. He taught me to never give up on myself when I am struggling because I am capable of more than I could believe possible. At speech meets he would walk through the halls and be encouraging to everybody while bringing humor. I try to apply this to my own life by flashing a smile at anyone to hopefully lighten any bitter mood. Steve left an imprint in my life to enjoy every day with a positive attitude.
Playing the drums is not the only thing drummer boys did, they sent commands to all the soldiers as it was confusing on the battlefields and spoken commands went unheard. The drummer boys have as much right to be proud of the work they do as their soldier counterparts. The letters sent by the children soldiers depict how proud they are to be helping and fighting in the war. James K. Newton, a drummer boy, wrote about how they captured the Spanish Fort and his enthusiasm is apparent, “Spanish Fort is ours at last! Last evening a charge was made by the 3rd Brig.
This is an important moment in the memoir because this is the main story in the book and one of the reasons why it was written. One quote from the book that epitomizes this aspect of the book is “Over and over in our training he would say the same sentence: Visualize the enemy, the rebels who killed your parents, your family and those who are responsible for everything that has happened to you.” This quote is important because it shows the reader how Ishmael and a bunch of other children were trained and brainwashed into fighting. In conclusion, Ishmael’s training into becoming a soldier was difficult as he was fed with the ideas of killing the rebels that killed the people he loved and cared