J.D. Salinger’s short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish, is a war story in disguised , as it contains a sufficient amount of war imagery and references. The story, is about Seymour Glass, a WWII veteran, about how he loses his innocence after experiencing combat and how it affects him when he returns home. Its about how ordinary people go to war, and see things that changes them forever. To quote a WWII General, “There are no such things as extraordinary men who change events, there are only extraordinary events that change ordinary men.”
However, the irony of war to the soldiers is further displayed when Cross ends up becoming too obsessive over Martha when “carrying” his things, and barely even acknowledges the death of one of his soldiers in Ted Lavender. He then does not come back in touch with reality until the next morning when he realizes how idiotic he has become to love his illusion more than reality. As a result, he decides to burn the things he carries in an attempt to end his obsession, but it is evident that this is ultimately a continuing conflict he will have to battle throughout the book. In this passage, I noticed how prevalently longer sentences were incorporated within the text to indicate the plethora of things the soldiers carry in common.
He feels guilty and ashamed of himself for he did not look after his sister. As a result, he struggles to face his guilt and loses the meaning of his life. In order to run away from his misfortune, he enlists into the war. Even
Beth is exceedingly self centered and unloving. She showed this when she believed her own son blackmailed her into getting what he wanted when in reality, Conrad is just trying to move on and be happy. The Jarrets are trying to recover from their son’s death and attempting to move on from the tragedy. During a counseling session Conrad realizes that he may be the one not forgiving his mother for some of the events that have happened. This shows how tough it is to overcome a tragedy and move on.
Analysis of Ordinary People In the movie Ordinary People, the Jarrett family experiences dysfunction since the death of their son, Buck, and from lack of communication among them. If they use conflict management strategies, their struggles and problems would improve significantly. Beth, Calvin, and Conrad act in either silence or violence, though if AMPP was used toward Conrad he could express himself more openly. Beth’s recognition of her own role in their issues and the creation of safety by Beth and Calvin would lessen the dysfunction of their family.
These men feel confused and hurt that they abort their lives. For example, ‘’these ‘’forgotten father’’ must not only deal with their grief and sadness over the irrevocable loss of their children and their guilt about not protesting their offspring’’ (Rue, Tellefsen
She was his first love and the only way to remember her is a necklace, to think of her and there is no other way to “see her again” (with memories) Calvin and Petey are isolated from everyone and feel that they always get separated with the ones they love the most, like Cassie and Joe. Petey promises himself that no matter how difficult, he wouldn’t be hurt by anyone again. He had been hurt for the last time. Trevor feels so bad for Petey because he has cerebral palsy and that his life is so unfair.
This influences Amir to adopt Hassan’s son in an effort to right his wrongs and try to gain redemption. This is challenging for Amir as Sohrab didn’t talk and struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts which lead to him attempting to take his own life. His depression stemmed from watching his parents die and the torture inflicted upon him by Assef, who Amir describes as a sociopath, this is a public challenge faced by both Sohrab and Amir has they try to make his life better and help him endure this tough time in his life. This is shown with this line in the book, ‘"Because " he said, gasping and hitching between sobs, "because I don't want them to see me... I'm so dirty."
I do not believe any individual wants to live each day knowing that the very illness that is eating at their own life is also corroding away at the lives of those who they love the most. It may sound vulgar, however it many cases it is true. Family members take leave from work, to tend to their loved ones needs, knowing at any point their breathing will stop and their lives will be changed
If you live in denial long enough, only death will snap you back to reality. Using the characters “Brigg” and “Big daddy”, let’s explore the effect of living denial on this larger than life family drawn up by Richard Brooks. Brigg, while being the favorite son is troubled by past events that he keeps running from. He seems to hide under a mask of sarcasm and alcohol to forget his discrepancies. Brigg fails to come to terms with why his close friend skipper committed suicide.
In Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier's Home” U.S. Marie Howard Krebs returns home from World War One to find out that he no longer know where he truly belongs. He has trouble relating to people and eventually leaves his home. Krebs becomes frustrated with his inability to connect with people and lashes out at his mother. Krebs becomes fed up with the town he lives in in Oklahoma and decides to move to Kansas City to work and get away from the people he once could connect with.
In Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home,” Harold Krebs is a returning soldier from World War I that receives no praise. Hemingway uses conflict and setting to develop Krebs as a depressed character who wants to avoid lying about feelings. Hemingway uses the setting of “Soldier’s Home” to influence the character of Krebs. The story takes place post-World War I, “He enlisted in the Marines and did not return to the United States until… 1919”
Do you ever wonder the way you would react after returning home from the war? Would you be the same person you were when you left, would your outlook on life completely be changed, would life as you once remembered it be the same? In Ernest Hemmingway’s story Soldier’s Home he effectively develops the theme of war changing people. By character, relationships and a lack of drive.
Paula Schnurr explains that people felt found relief when their condition was finally identified because before the diagnosis Schnurr explains the veterans’ thoughts, “Many people felt isolated and crazy and they thought it was just them. And they didn't talk about it” (Madigan). Because they believed the inner lies that they were alone, they discontinued a personal relationship with their families which created a stronger presence of being alone. A neglectance in communication caused many heartbreaks and trust issues. A WWII veteran's, Otis Mackey, interview appeared in the essay and supported the theme that war's psychological and emotional impacts will result in problems with the family.
Modern studies are revealing that soldiers returning home from war are experiencing psychological damage far more painful and damaging than the physical injuries that they endured overseas. PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is the term now given to soldiers that have trouble readjusting to normal life once they return home from war. In the days of World War I and World War II, this term was referred to as “shell shocked.” Ernest Hemingway masterfully depicts a clear image of what life was like for a shell shocked soldier through the eyes of Herald Kreb’s in his story Soldier’s Home. Kreb’s experiences over seas causes him to be emotionless towards girls and dating, afraid of complications, and this attitude reveals the truth that he has become heartless.