In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
He has chosen to title his essay “Losing the War.” This however is not originally the title. The longer title is as follows; “World War II had faded into movies, anecdotes, and archives that nobody cares about anymore. Are we losing the war?” Albeit subtle subtle, this is perhaps one of the most powerful choices Sandlin made in his argument. He is suggesting that although the war is considered “won” in the history books, the trauma it caused —as the general nature of the war— is anything but victorious. He is also arguing that the American public is, actually, losing the war.
1” was a piece that he wrote directed at *American soldiers in attempts *to use rhetorical analysis to keep their hearts in the ongoing battle with Great Britain. * Scarcely found are men who enjoy going to war for no reason, and consequently Paine makes an effort to give the men a reason to continue the fight. Many of the men that this piece is addressing would have had families and homes to return to when not in combat. When family is what a person lives for, they become extraordinarily protective of it. If a man broke into a soldier’s home, or killed his family, then that soldier would do everything in his power to rectify that crime.
It is unfair to force people to go to war, by forcing men to enlist in the army, the army force will not be as strong as it could be, and if conscription occurs, there’s an emotional toll to fighting. These few factors play a huge role in why I disagree with conscription. When the idea of conscription was passed and men were forced to fight in the war this took away the freedom of many.
He claims that the WWI was “Armageddon” or the end of the world because it was the most destructive war ever witnessed by humanity. He also says that because it was a great war, the criminals and heroes cannot be found in such a war. However, these features are not what we saw in the past wars because in the old wars, there are heroes, such as Fredrick, Napoleon, Hannibal who physically lead their soldiers in the front lines of the army, but this cannot be seen in this war because of the decline of individual’s role in the new war that the process is a cooperative affair rather than individual. Moreover, this new feature is the reason of not having “loin-hearted warriors” because if the leader is away from his soldiers, then who will motivate them and lead them physically to do their job. As he mentions that it is not a stock market for the generals to do their job far away from the center, but it is war and they needs to be at the center of the battlefield and seriously direct their army.
What is the point of even having war? Why should he have to fight just because he lives in Britain? Is there even any point of religion? In, Diary of a dead Officer, West shares his true feelings that would be intensely questioned if said out loud. West enlisted as a private in the Public Schools Battalion, a battalion made up of exclusively
A War Within War is inevitable, war is not peaceful nor accepted by many. War is the act portrayed by many men and women who believe they’re making a difference, that one less life in the world is nothing more than the act of taking it. Wars come and go claiming they’re making a difference in a positive way liberating a certain territory, whilst destroying it. War is the true equalizer between life and death, fairness and irony. The novel “My Brother Sam is Dead” symbolizes many of these traits.
According to Guelzo, Lee should have technically won the battle of Gettysburg. Even though Guelzo is no fan of Lee, he has little but admonition for Meade as well, stating that he was cautious and reactive, leading to his ineffectiveness. He also takes issue with the claim that others have made that the Civil War was the first modern or total war, stating that it was in line with nineteenth-century warfare and so was neither. He points out in support of this claim that the rifled musket was inaccurate and destructive. The amount of blood spilled in the battle of Gettysburg was, according to Guelzo, not a product of any modern
Now who’s in the right?” (Remarque 203). The idea of patriotism and fighting for one’s country is supposed to be important, but the men no longer believe in their own cause when there are soldiers just like them fighting for the very same reasons. As they kill and kill, and see death
Brutus’ emotional wound ultimately deals with his internal conflict of the decision to kill Caesar in order to better Rome. In addition, he deals with such difficulty over the decision since his reasoning to kill Caesar does not come out of hatred or jealousy, but due to his fear of life under Caesar’s rule. In Act I, scene ii, lines 39-40, Brutus says, “Merely upon myself. Vexéd I am / Of late passions of some difference” (Shakespeare 848). This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him.
Some saw it as his way of escaping his duty to his country while others saw it as a brave gesture for their celebrity to potentially put his life at risk for the sake of their nation. Sinatra even made a strange offer to the FBI, saying that he was fully wiling to do anything necessary for the good of his country, no matter the cost. Even though he couldn’t serve, Sinatra saw how the war affected everyone left at home. He wrote his initial hit, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, as an outlet for the emotions felt in relation to the war. This down-to-earth, raw vocalization of the hurt of those who lost loved ones epitomizes Sinatra’s unique ability to relate to others and reach them through music.
Until he explained his intentions, he was initially pervaded with backlash from the American public, with statements primarily claiming that he lacked respect for the military. With myself included, Colin Kaepernick was labeled as an ignorant, sheltered un-American football player who disrespects veterans, those lost in war, and the servicemen and women who continue to defend our freedoms overseas. The National Anthem is the only time we truly demonstrate our patronage to the rights and freedoms provided by the nation’s military and law enforcement. However, I then recognized that being American is about anticipating change and the betterment of society, learning not to be satisfied and always searching for
His choice to go into war was viewed as heroic. Tim O’Brien did not want to face continuous mortification by his fellow neighbors. He was too humiliated to sanction to Canada. (“O’Brien”) Tim O’Brien stated, “I couldn’t tolerate it. I couldn’t endure the mockery, or the disgrace, or the patriotic ridicule.