Lastly, certain things trigger Charley to remember things about the war, such as coffee on page 99. It says, “The army ad taught him to like coffee, live on coffee, and he still drank it even though it knotted his guts.” Also, his injuries from the war make him seem and feel older than he really his. Charley states that he knows that it won’t be long for him and her wouldn’t mind dying.
In one of Tom’s letters to the family he writes, “We was feelin set-up about Fort Henry and when some of the boys got tard of carryin hevey blanket rolls they jest up and throwed em away--some of the boys that was sick or bad hurt they froze to deth in the snow,” (Hunt, 51). More and more letters came from the boys talking about bad things they had done, and bad situations they were thrown into. The Civil War was disastrous.
We all know the saying “There is strength in numbers”, and this applies in the case of the Civil War, the bigger your army, the bigger the chance you have at victory. Casualties were at an all time high and the Union and Confederacy scrambled to protect their troops. The Civil War’s staggering number of casualties accounted for calculated tactics, the troublesome lives of civilians and the emergence of proper medical practice in a race to win, and in doing so caused an abundance of trauma for almost everyone in the nation.
The United States Civil War is possible one of the most meaningful, bloodstained and controversial war fought in American history. Northern Americans against Southern Americans fought against one another for a variety of motives. These motives aroused from a wide range of ideologies that stirred around the states. In James M. McPherson’s What they fought for: 1861-1865, he analyzes the Union and Confederate soldier’s morale and ideological components through the letters they wrote to love ones while at war. While, John WhiteClay Chambers and G. Kurt Piehler depict Civil War soldiers through their letters detailing the agonizing battles of war in Major Problems in American Military History. In both books, readers are able to understand the motives of the war, attitudes of Americans and the hostility of battles through the letters of soldiers.
This connects to the theme by showing age can have an impact on somebody. As I kept reading, in the middle of the book RIchard Perry and his other soldier and friends who were older, began to get injured and killed in action from the war. Another quote from the book shows that Richard was happy that he hasn’t severly injured anyone or killed anyone else, “I’m not a killer,” I said. He looked at me and smiled. I hated him saying that.
Soldiers were not viewed as brave men risking their lives, and the war was seen as an unnecessary event. This type of mentality is seen in the novel with the perceptions of the soldiers. The narrator expresses the view of the time period when he states, “They were soldiers’ coats. Billy was the only one who had a coat from a dead civilian” (82). The meaning behind this is very crucial because it establishes a definite division between soldiers and civilians.
The author compares the soldiers because he wants the readers
Perry for example was already uncertain of his future and his knee injury already had him on edge. towards the end of the book after burning the corpses of his past comrades he lost all faith, and innocence. So the theme of the book is that war is devastating to person both mentally and
Even though both books may be similar in someways they are also very different in other ways based on the writing itself. One similarity both authors have, is that they started of with the same type of intro. They both started of their books talking about how or where they were born. They talk about their family history, for example Fredrick Douglass talks about his parents. “My mother was named Harriet Bailey.
In both plots the main characters are faced with either dying themselves or killing a close friend or family member. Also, both plots end after the main characters make their decision to live themselves or kill a loved one. In both plots that civil war has harmful effects on people both internally and externally. The two plots are similar in these ways, they differ however, when it comes to... The characters in both stories are similar, but they also have many differences.
O’Brien writes, “You can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil” (76). Regardless of the changes within the narrations, the fact remains, that these soldiers are in the middle of battle and the emotion that follows differ for each person. As Kaplan states in his writing, “the most important thing is to be able to recognize and accept that events have no fixed and final meaning and that the only meaning that events can have is one that emerges momentarily and then shifts and changes each time that the events come alive as they are remembered or portrayed”
The Civil War. Louis P. Masur’s book, The civil War: a Concise History, Is a book that gives an overview of the civil war from 18 to 1800, Providing multiple causes an consequences that emerged from the war. The book begins by reviewing the origins of the war. Chapter one covers the issues between northern and southern states and the tension over right and slave possession. The tension created a conflict that raised a number of political, social, and military events that then proceeded into a battle to abolish slavery from the colonies.
Both have a hero that brings the hope of new found freedom, and both are stories of the fight for a greater good. But both stories are very different in content as well. One story is from accounts of a very long ago, when people were god-fearing individuals and believed in a higher being that could save them from tragedy and desperation. The other is a story from the future where the people know nothing of what reality really is and do not know that the higher intelligence are the ones who are actually enslaving
The Confederacy was like a fire. The north tried to smother it, but there was still a flame left. At that point all you could do was wait for it to burn out. The Civil war brought about a lot of hate and sectionalism between the North and South. Even after the war the flame of the Confederacy still burned. The US government tried to suppress all this hate and start the reconstruction of the United States. There were many things that added to the fire such as the newly freed slaves, the political parties, and the Ku Klucks Klan.