Soldiers are seen covering themselves after their fellow brother have been shot. This symbolizes the horrors they saw but continue taking the path towards combat. Towards the background we see a horse jumping into the air as his rider holds onto his hat and troops moshed together as they march representing the chaos incorporated during the war. The soldier’s expressions of courage articulate the many battles they’ve fought and continue to fight with what supplies they have or whatever their shape may be in. The painter points out the soldiers who did not lose hope.
Andrew Makasziw explains the great importance of his poncho, the military had issued him when he joined the military, in “The Thing I Carried”. He explains why he always carried the poncho while he was in the military. One of the reasons was that the poncho offered privacy in Afghanistan. While Andrew Makasziw was in Afghanistan he had to live in 15 feet long by 20 feet wide room packed with 7 bunk beds. So, privacy was a big issue, but what he did to solve this issue was to drape his poncho from the top bunk down by tucking it under the top mattress.
For example, in the first chapter, The Things They Carried, O’Brien merges the lines between physical and emotional truth. Jimmy Cross is the lieutenant of a platoon and whenever something goes wrong, the lines between his emotional and physical truth are merged. Where everyone else is carrying physical items such as rations, cigarettes, and pocket knives, Jimmy Cross carries photographs of his girlfriend Martha, her love letters, and his emotional love for her instead. This is done in order to show that Jimmy Cross can be affected by both physical and emotional truth at any given time. To Jimmy Cross, he doesn’t realize that there is a distinction between the physical truth of everyone else and his emotional truth, until he causes Ted Lavender’s death.
Tim O'Brien's “The Things They Carry,” tells a story about the lives of young men during war. The narrator tells his story from first person, marking all of his adventures and experiences of his companions. O’Brien crafts his piece through the use of repetition, symbolism, and metaphors to convey the idea of physical and psychological hardships of soldiers during war. Though the literary device of repetition, O'Brien portrays the physical and psychological hardships of a soldier. For example, the narrator repeatedly describes the weight of weight during the soldiers arduous journey: “Among the necessities or near necessities were R-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellants, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets...2-3 canteens of water.
In the beginning of "The Things They Carried" we are introduced to each character by the things they carry. It lists a variety of things that the soldier brought on their mission. For example, some of the things were intangible, such as sickness, guilt, and the atmosphere. Other soldiers were carrying physical objects, including P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wrist-watches, dog tags and etc. as listed in (O 'Brien).
A second instance is when Hazel writes a eulogy for Gus and goes to see him, even though her parents do not want her to. Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. The theme of The Fault in Our Stars is that death is a part of life, so we need to live our best lives each day. The theme that
Irony in Remarque 's, All Quiet on the Western Front Some historians and people describe World War I as “The Great War,” a label that must be ironic to those who have fought it and lost their friends and family. Erich Maria Remarque 's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, narrates the lives of several young soldiers, Paul, Tjaden, Albert and Müller, among others, who enlisted to defend the German lines. Their schoolteachers encouraged them to enlist by stressing the nobility of and courage in serving and protecting the nation. However, deep in the trenches, Paul and his friends rapidly learn the difference between what they had been taught about the war and what the war itself has taught them. All Quiet on the Western Front reveals
The poem Barbara Fritchie states, “she leaned far out on the window-sill, And shook it forth with royal will”, Barbara says, “Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country’s flag.” In this instance Barbara Fritchie means you can shoot her but do not destroy the country’s flag. In the article A soldier home after losing his leg in Afghanistan the author states, “Segers was enjoying a promising career as a chef when the economic recession forced him to consider joining army.” This is an example of patriotism because he joined the army to fight for his country instead of pursuing his dreams to become a chef which shows his
There are a large number of themes and ideas in this novel that range from the overall depiction of World War I to the personal struggle of a soldier in comparison to what the people from back home believes what is happening during the war. These focuses within the novel are explored through the particular themes of bombardment, trench war fighting, different, disagreeing impressions of war, close emotional bond between men, organization of men on the warfront, and loss of innocence among the