Returning home from war is never an easy transition for a soldier, no soldier embodied that truth more than Norman Bowker. Bowker is a Vietnam War veteran from the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien who struggles with his life and mental health after the Vietnam War. Bowker is troubled by his memories- most specifically one memory- that he cannot forget or forgive himself for. Bowker was a man who had to fight for his life every day he was in Vietnam, there was always a chance the Viet Cong would attack. Bowker lost friends and lost fellow soldiers every day in Vietnam, he even lost his best friend to the war.
When he is first in the trenches, he admitted he could not tell the difference between the sounds of German gunnery and enemy shelling (Jünger, p. 27). His first battle experience exposed him to the great violence of war. The violence was far beyond what he had imagined. Jünger “lost his head completely” in his first battle because of the sheer amount of violence. The passage also applied to the rest of his time in the war.
The name, was created because the people born before the war and that had fought in it were all disillusioned, cynical and without emotional stability. After World War I the society and its people had changed forever, from the millions of victims, to the new technology created during it, everything was different. The war and the Great Depression that happened at the beginning of his life, while his mind was still growing and learning, deeply influenced him as a person and his writing style and the one of the authors from the Lost Generation, they all felt hopeless and that their home country, America, had forgotten about them. As an example, Hemingway's characters tend to be honest people who lost hope and faith in society, they reflect his thoughts and feelings about the current state of the world. A lot of them are cynical, phony and act two-faced: Harry, in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, married his wife Helen just because of her money even though she is a loyal and loving
Every year a countless number of people are injured from the game of football. These people obtain all types of injuries from shoulder dislocations, to torn ACLs, to concussions. Many of these injuries are from the rules of the game and the way the sport is played. This is why it is necessary for the rules of football to be changed. The main reasons they should be changed are because the game is resulting in injuries and deaths, negative long-term health consequences for players, and children not being allowed by their parents to play due to the dangers of the game.
Most importantly, the story of the protagonist is similar to Ernest Hemingway life story with him being injured in a war which had an major impact. In addition, it is stated how in A Farewell to Arms, Trevor Dodman argues how Fredric ‘suffers from the compulsion to remember and retell his traumatic past from the standpoint of a survivor both unable and perhaps unwilling to put that very past into words” (Church 59). On other hand, Ernest Hemingway while recovering his war injuries, he suffered depression. Also, it was states how his body and mind were also beginning to betray him. Both Frederic Henry and Ernest Hemingway suffered from the inability to move on from the past.
In order to emphasize the degree to which the soldiers in World War I changed emotionally, Paul juxtaposes the innocence of his youth with a primal instinct of desperate survival that forms from the brutality of the war. As time passes, each of the soldiers slowly loses his sense of self, specifically seen when Bäumer and Kropp, a fellow soldier, cannot seem to recognize themselves in a regular life in the future after the war. Kropp then interprets this as a loss of preparedness because of war. Paul seems to agree as he reminisces, “We were eighteen
Essay on ”The Arena” Arenas can be seen as a symbol of choices or battles in a life. A choice in life could be the birth of a child. Or a battle: death. This is at least how the father in Martin Golan’s “The Arena” describes this circular, grey building in the suburbs of New Jersey. He is a man with a broken heart, because the loss of a child is one of the greatest terrors a parent can undergo.
After his mother's death he is forced to run away from his village or he could be killed by anyone. Running away gives him a chance to start over his life although it would be difficult. Crispin has been shunned by other people his whole life. He has had no other people beside his mother that he could ’trust’ and so as a result, he is afraid to ask for help and is terrified of most things. “It was always hard for me to look on others” (3).
In The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, the main character, Jake Barnes, is experiencing life post World War I. In a war that denounced faith and integrity, Jake becomes troubled by the concept of being part of a world without purpose. As a result, he starts drinking heavily along with his friends, who are also experiencing the same problems. However, no matter how much these characters drink, they cannot escape their sadness. To add to this purposeless life, Jake also struggles with male insecurity which all the veteran males struggled with after the war.
Everyone was disappointed because they knew just from that one miscall it cost us the whole game. Then about 3 weeks later we went out of town to play. The same thing happened but this time we went overtime and won. Those were my least favorite moments of football but I wouldn’t change it for anything because it is what made me who I am