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.
Repetition helped to emphasize significant events or phrases that the reader should remember and take away. Throughout the poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, the author uses repetition quite often. For example, the phrase “rode the six hundred” is repeated 3 times in lines 4, 8, and 17. This phrase being repeated helps the reader understand how six hundred men risked their live and rode into battle without questioning a single thing. Another example of repetition that appeared in lines 3 and 7 was “valley of Death.” This phrase represents how the men walked right into a bloodbath and how most of the men had died during the war.
This comradeship led to the development of Paul’s loyalty. An example of Paul’s loyalty is when his friend, and fellow soldier, Kemmerich is in the hospital Paul spends hours by his side to comfort him before he dies. This loyalty, created by the war, helps them to survive while out on the front by making sure the men watch out for each other and is one of the few positive things to come from the war. Paul’s prominent personality traits; his desensenzation, his bitterness, and his loyalty are all results of the war. It’s hard to say exactly what Paul would be like if he never fought the war but it is easy to say that his personality would be immensely different.
After a brutal battle, Paul is sent home on leave. His father is proud of him and encourages Paul to talk about his experiences. Unaware of Paul’s emotions and feelings, he creates an uncomfortable environment for his son, and Paul finds it difficult to talk to his own father about the horrors of war. He finds he is not himself at home, and “there is a veil between” him and his family (Remarque 160). There is a disconnect because he feels as though he cannot communicate to his father and his family because they truly do not understand him.
In the book Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers tells the story of soldiers who struggles with a problem involving what is right and wrong in war. Fallen Angels set in Vietnam during the Vietnam war, the story introduces the main character Perry, who faces obstacles, including death and killing. The author’s use of literary devices, specifically imagery, irony, and metaphors convey the theme warfare often forces soldiers to reconsider their traditional notions of right and wrong. The author employs imagery to express the theme that warfare often forces soldiers to reconsider their traditional notions of right and wrong. The author writes, “Sergeant Simpson took a grenade, pulled the pin, and threw it into the opening as hard as he could.” (page number 125) This shows that no matter who was down there he was willing to have them die to win this battle.
Ambrose was an American story writer that used cynicism and naturalism to tell the cruel costs of of war on civilians. He used “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as a way to tell a story about Peyton Farquhar having a near-death experience similar to one he had in reality. With Ambrose’s military experience, he was well equipped to write about a traumatic injury that led to a near-death experience. His vault of memories including graphic images were used in each of his Civil War tales. Even though Ambrose Bierce may have seemed like a dark figure, he expressed cynicism of the Reconstruction era and shaped the writers who voiced disillusionment following
Beach Burial is an elegy by Kenneth Slessor, published in 1944 as a tribute to the soldiers who fought in World War 2. Beach Burial tells the story of the extreme loss of life and the crude, makeshift burials for soldiers. I believe the purpose of the poem was to appreciate the people who took the time to bury soldiers and put them at peace while also exploring the fruitless nature of war. The poem has a reflective, haunting tone and with the extensive use of poetic devices and language techniques it reflects on the futility of war and the severe loss of life. Onomatopoeia, oxymorons and metaphors have been used to support the theme that war was a grim, fruitless event in which many soldiers were killed.
Like Terry Erikson’s dad in Stop the Sun, people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder need support and assistance from others. PTSD is a serious issue with not only veterans of war and war combat, but also everyday citizens in America, for even traumatic events like car accidents and local crime can change a person’s life forever. PTSD can present itself in many different ways. Some may include depression, bad dreams, and frightening thoughts. Any symptoms can be diminished or even cured from medication or
(The Things They Carried). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder affects not only veterans themselves, but their families. In a study called The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS), “Veterans with higher levels of war-related trauma and posttraumatic symptomatology had poorer family functioning and greater domestic violence than those without trauma. The simple, hard truth is that some soldiers just can’t mentally return from the
A heroic couplet structure within the poem provides a degree of clarity while still asserting the chaos and cruelness of war. Once again, it can be inferred that Owen himself serves as the speaker. However, this time his audience is more focused on young soldiers and families rather than plainly the public in general. In contrast to the previous work, this poem is set primarily in a World War I training camp, signifying the process young soldiers go through prior to deployment to the front line. The tone of this poem is more foreboding and condemnatory, not only describing the training soldiers but outright degrading their forced involvement as morally wrong.
As coping with their PTSD they may try to use the method of not speaking, they use this as a way of dealing with their PTSD. (STEWE-2) Mark Evan’s a veteran that served in Afghanistan against the Taliban had also developed PTSD, he shared a common symptom that Najmah had also suffered from, mental triggers. “Loud bangs reminded me of mortars or gunfire and the smell of bitumen reminded me of being blown up by a landmine. Walking past building sites or roadworks, I relived that traumatic experience so vividly it would become a traumatic experience in itself"(Evans). Mark Evans also had been struggling from mental PTSD triggers event the simple smell of bitumen could make him relive the event of him being blown up a landmine.
One way to learn about life as a soldier is to take a deeper look, behind the red, white and blue and the cheers of victory. Crane gives us a deeper look, through his amazing characters. Henry Fleming 's, blinded from the true horrors of war enlisted, in hopes of glory from his fellow peers. As hours transformed to days, Henry 's fantasized life as a soldier shattered,