Some people still wonder if war can be justified by its principles or cause. It can be argued that war can be justified due to the principles of freedom and justice that soldiers are willing to die for. However, many argue against this saying that war should be avoided at all costs due to collateral damage and the massive loss of innocent life. In the book My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, Tim faces the biggest dilemma of his life when he has to decide whether to side with his brother who believes in the principles of war or his father who believes war should be avoided at all costs. When the novel comes to a conclusion, Tim decides that he is neutral and does not agree to either argument due to the irony contained within the deaths of
This is the climax of where Bierce displays his beliefs of hatred towards war and fighting, since the “soldier-at-heart” is hung. He is not able to escape, like fairytales, because wars are real and people die, it is not a great adventure that people like to believe. Bierce resents war and hints to this undertone throughout An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, masking it with figurative language. Bierce subtly hints throughout the story about the folly of war and its destructions rather than its ability to solve disputes. Bierce believes that war is glorified by those who never fought, but it is truly deadly and destructive to the
As a result Ender is left traumatized of the past events, and his actions. It was because Ender decided to tell the full truth that he went on to create the Speaker for the Dead. It is implied that Ender very much dislikes the concept of lying when Colonel Graff states, “That’s the whole point. It had to be a trick or you [Ender] couldn’t of done it” (Card 298).
The path towards this goal, however, was anything but subtle. Ranging from getting gassed to getting infected by mice, the battlefield was a treacherous place. However, in the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, it is apparent that even if the path towards a goal is brutal, the goal would still be important when there are higher stakes involved. When Paul Baumer chose to be conscripted into the army, his only thought was to help his country win the war. However, he had no idea what attaining this goal would actually be like.
Finally, the other doctors are all there to treat Garfield to save him but are shooed away or not given much of a role in his treatment by Bliss. It was the bad intentions of Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss that killed Garfield in the end, but it brought about some much needed change in the country: the President would always be protected while out in public, antisepsis was widely adopted after Garfield’s autopsy revealed Bliss’s numerous mistakes, and President Arthur worked to end the spoils system. Garfield’s death was one that could have been prevented if a man with the right intentions had been in charge of his medical care. A man without extreme ambition, greed, or dishonesty, a man much like Garfield himself, could have saved the
Slaughterhouse-Five, a phenomenon written by Kurt Vonnegut, features his protagonist Billy Pilgrim who discovered a new fundamental of death and became disconnected from actuality. It is concluded that Billy does not feel the need to be terrorized by the countless amount of corpses he encountered at war; resulting to his numbness. On the contrary, Tim O’Brien was able to make peace with death in The Things They Carried due to the realization that he can keep his friends (and himself) alive via stories. Many observations were made across both novels, although some were contradicting, there were ideas that enhanced each other. It is prominent as readers to be aware of the multiple connotations within a single quote.
We are satisfied and at peace” (1.1). The start of the novel begins with young soldiers who have not given their innocence to the horrors of the war yet. Paul and his comrades have no idea of what hardships are headed their way. Paul has an odd outlook on death throughout the book. He chooses to personify death, and once figuratively hides behind death to save his life.
A great majority of the public believe when the soldiers leave to war they expect to be treated well and come back home as a hero. In Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” Krebs goes to war and comes home having to lie to his family about his experiences because he “found that to be listened to at all he had to lie,” and after doing that a couple of times he had a “reaction against the war and against talking about it” (Hemingway 111). The soldiers who got home before him had already told the people about their tragic experiences leaving the public not being able to handle the reality of what happened to the soldiers. With what Krebs experienced being in the war he was taught
The way the soldier/s were portrayed was them suffering with PTSD but no one helping them, my evidence to this statement is when he picks up the remote and a bullet comes out of it, this goes to show if you go into the war you most likely will suffer with PTSD and could even commit suicide. In the song Hero Of War the theme The Portrayal Of Soldiers has been identified by Rise Against, in this song the father says “Son, have you seen the world” to me I feel as if the father is not telling the son everything e.g you could come back suffering with PTSD, you could lose friends you make in the core or you could even die, he also said in the song “they took off his clothes and pissed on his hands. Not everything seems good, maybe on the outside but not on the
[He said] it [didn’t] bother Perry a bit” (Capote 255). Dick is honestly trying to make Perry look very guilty instead of him. Even though Perry killed all four of the Clutters, Capote was still against the death penalty for Perry. Capote was also biased throughout the story because of his “relationship” with Perry. An example of Capote’s bias is when he wrote that “Dewey, a believer in capital punishment, its purported deterrent effects, and its justice, witnessed the hangings” but he could not watch Perry’s hanging.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. follows Billy Pilgrim, a time traveler in World War II. This historical science fiction is based on Vonnegut’s own experiences in the war, making it startlingly realistic for a book on time travel. Billy Pilgrim has a rather unique life. Frequently becoming “unstuck in time”, Billy can go from war to a birthday fifty years later to alien planet and back to war again.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Morality is contraband in war”. When you’re at war you must leave all your values and morals behind, because in the end there is no moral to a war story. There is no right or wrong, no core point. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien attempts to show the inexplicable horror of war and that certain realities just cannot be explained. Tim O’Brien is the protagonist in the story, being a writer and a Vietnam War Veteran, he writes his novel through a series of semi-autobiographical stories about the cause and effects of war.
General Zaroff can also be described as a static character. Over the course of the story he doesn’t change from thinking that human are not for hunting, he still thinks that hunting is more than an animal. Rainsford cannot believe that General is murder but General doesn’t take it seriously. “Why should I be serious? I am speaking of hunting . .
The guy wasn’t Heidi- he has a weapon, right?” (126) However, by giving insight on the man’s life, the reader learns that similarly to O’Brien, the man he killed originally had no intention of fighting. He wanted to be a scholar. The collections of short stories in “The Things They Carried” come together to show how complex war can be.