The outcomes of war can sometimes be even worse that the fight itself. Psychological trauma that comes as a result of the events in war changes and forms a person. War is experienced physically and mentally, forcing soldiers to question basic values and beliefs. Timothy Findley’s The Wars portrays the theme of the destruction of innocence through various physical and psychological traumas. Early death of a sibling, sexual encounters, and the horrors of war, are traumas that the protagonist Robert Ross is forced to face. These traumas contribute to a significant change in Robert’s character and mental health. He battles with various anxieties, symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and both mental and
The brutality of war has scarred and devastated the world since the beginning of time, and has drastically changed over the course of history. Many precious lives of loved ones have been lost to war and continue to as fighting rages on. Famous Revolutionary War hero, George Washington, stated “My first wish [as president] is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth” (George Washington Quotes). General Washington witnessed the terror of war while fighting for independence from Great Britain. Against his wishes, war and violence continued as history went on. Many years after the American Revolution, conflicts between two halfs of the United States resulted in 620,000 casualties, which was roughly 2% of the population at the time. “The Civil War was America’s bloodiest
Combat, loyalty, enmity, bloodshed, and duty, all words that fit under the category of war. The novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is about Louis Zamperini a strong willed man raised in Torrance, California. He started as a young troublemaker until he discovered his passion for running in high school. That very passion led him to compete in the Olympics. Later he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, a brave decision that would change his life. War and its affinities have various emotional effects on different individuals, whether facing adversity within the war or when experiencing the psychological aftermath.
Have you a reader ever wondered about the realistic depiction of war: how the war is romanticized and how it can be an awful place to be? The author Walter Dean Myers shows us the depiction of the war in Vietnam the main character in the book Richard Perry a young boy from Harlem being thrown into the war because of his life at home and doesn't want to really deal with people. The book Fallen Angels is a realistic depiction of war. The book shows us some untimely deaths, graphic violence and the main protagonist inner thoughts and doubts. Through the novel Fallen Angels the depiction of war is shoved into the main characters face with graphic violence untimely deaths that occur and the
The things I carry to school are to ease my job everyday. I carry my backpack so it could hold all my other materials which I need to carry. I carry extra pencils in case of loss of my actual pencil. One day in January, my mechanical pencil ran out of lead during a math test, and I had to waste five minutes to get another pencil. Other needs I carry include a graphing calculator and iPad. I need both to ease my job, but if I forget to carry, I will get punished by some teachers. The thing I carry and use every single day is paper. I write my notes and homework on paper. I bought hundreds of pieces of papers, so I would carry extra everyday for others who forget to carry because other students also need paper to function in
In the past, the ultimate outcome of war has been freedom and sovereignty, but along the way many casualties had to be made. Many wars in history have rewarded nations with liberation and freedom from tyranny. For example, the American Revolution provided America with independence from Britain and proved that they could prosper on their own. Although independence was gained, some say that the end result could have been attained without the fatalities and violence of war. They don’t believe the freedom was really worth the fight. In My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, Tim Meeker is torn between his brother and father on whether or not the American Revolution is worth the loss of life. Tim’s ultimate decision
In the book, Paul often cares more than anyone else. He cares for his friends and even the enemy. “I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians” (Remarque, Erich. All Quiet on the Western Front). During the war, the Russians were enemies with Germany. But Paul had empathy for them. He thought of them much like himself. Throughout the story Paul has a very caring personality. He is very strong, mentally and physically. The physical strength came from the extensive training from Himmelstoss. But the mental strength was something he developed. He had dealt with his mother being sick, the deaths of friends, war, and humiliation from the general in the street who ordered him around. Paul went through a lot, and still came out more peaceful, and caring then the rest of the army. People with mental endurance can do well in war, as demonstrated by Paul often throughout the book, but others are scarred by the conditions they were put
In the book The Things They Carried, people experienced serious mental trauma. Not only did some, if not all, of them come back home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but they also came back to a nation full of hate and uneasiness towards the veterans. These veterans came back home riddled with guilt and visions flashing before their eyes every time they closed them, people’s worst nightmares put into real life, and yet these veterans are dishonorably discharged, with statements saying that they must not have been good enough for the war. Tim O’Brien, the author of this book, decided to tell us all of the war stories he will never be able to forget, in order to help us picture the unimaginable horrors that all of these veterans went through.
Change is something that everyone will experience when going through life but sometimes events change you for the worse and your identity as you knew it is gone. Learning to establish the identity you desire is identity is something everyone should do. In the short story “Soldier 's home” written by Ernest Hemingway in 1925, Krebs a soldier in war has just returned home but his identity has changed and nothing feels the same anymore so he has to figure out what to do with himself.
Death and destruction caused by war can become permanently embedded in the minds of those who actively participated in combat long after the conflict has officially come to an end. Their memories, decisions, and personality can be influenced by what they experienced while serving in combat. The burdens that were placed upon them by horrible circumstances have the ability to become a permanent fixture, never leaving a person for as long as they exist. Tim O’Brien explores the origin of these burdens throughout one of his most famous works. Through a psychological analysis, it can be determined that O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” connects the temporary physical burdens with the permanent emotional burdens experienced by soldiers during
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. Hemingway chooses to put Krebs in a situation where he unable to interact as he did before the war, causing Krebs to become short tempered and frustrated. While Krebs may have returned from the war, he finds himself unable to connect with the people around him and seems to
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In his short story, Soldier’s Home, Ernest Hemingway tells the story of a young soldier, Harold Krebs, who is returning home from the war. He comes home to find things were quite different, as the girls, “had their hair cut short” (2) and “wore sweaters and shirt waists with round Dutch collars” (2). The difficulty Krebs has assimilating himself into his new home indicates that he feels disconnected from the world that has moved on without him.
War brings loss to both soldiers and civilians, which establishes many difficulties for people long after the war has passed. War is relative to the person experiencing it; a war that ends with a peace treaty for one could be a life long mental fight for another. Jobs, homes, and loved ones are subject to loss during times of war. As resources and goods are shipped overseas, people living on domestic home fronts suffer the backlash of the fighting. The ones who inevitably experience the most loss are the soldiers fighting within the war. Experiencing things such as the loss of comrades; the will to fight; mental fortitude; and the will to live. War may bring solution to a problem and bring about peace, but war is always a losing battle in which
Have you ever noticed how setting plays a role in the story? In Ernest Hemingway story “ Soldier 's Home”, The author creates a distant feeling by using setting to portray Krebs disconnection toward the world and lack of setting details. “By the time Krebs return to his hometown in Oklahoma.” In the third paragraph it talks about Krebs returning to his hometown in Oklahoma, showing that he grew up in a small state shows how going to war was most likely a whole new scenery for him. This adds to him coming back from war, but being disconnected from his life at home because he has only known the war and the peaceful life he is reentering is much different to life on the battlefield. Kreb’s got himself into a routine of reading a book on the front