O’Briens intended audience is people who have an interest in war, and uses mortality and death, along with morality to help the audience get a deeper understanding of what could possibly occur at war. First, O’Brien discusses how mortality and death greatly affected many of the men around him. In the chapter ” In the Field” Kiowa is gone and there is nothing they could do to save him. The
To start in strange meeting, the soldier is afraid yet escaped the battle. The deaths haunt him of his fellow soldiers. The ending quote says the nature of war “I am the enemy you killed, my friend. I knew you in this dark: for so you frowned. Yesterday through me as you jabbed and killed.
Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust,” (Exodus.135-138). Although Antigone had to die for the cost of justice, among other casualties, her search for justice seemed to be successful. The multitude of deaths that occur during the Exodus result in Creon admitting how foolish he has been for being overly prideful and arrogant for thinking that he could outrun his cursed family’s fate. Her death made him discover that fate is a factor of life that should not be messed with. In the end, her brother got a proper burial, and Creon realises his tragic flaw, resulting in catharsis for the reader, and also resulting in Antigone’s struggle for justice to be successful.
These consequences are most impactful because of how dehumanization allowed the soldiers to kill mercilessly, which connects to how they gain a sense of guilty after the war when they have time to reflect. Unfortunately, their guilty consciences became so unbearable to the point where some would commit suicide. This exact scenario occurs to Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front. During a battle, Paul lost his senses as he is caught in the heat of the battle. Suddenly, a random body falls on him and “[Paul] strikes the [French soldier without thinking] at all” (Remarque 216).
So, the message Kurt Vonnegut is showing the reader, is that a society should not glorify war. Thus saying that the killing of innocent civilians is more important than, going to war and not gaining anything. To conclude, Kurt vonnegut uses the theme of war in Slaughterhouse five to show how war has been glorified by the society in which Billy lived in. The glorification of war then led into the bloodshed of many innocent live.
This type of treatment led to him doubting his capabilities, and if it was not for his brother who selfishly taught him to walk, he would have never been able to stand on his own feet. They feared that he was incapable of living a normal life, however they were the ones that were stopping him from reaching his full potential. “The Scarlet Ibis’ By James Hurst, the color red symbolizes that we cannot predict the future, and therefore are intimidated by it. Humans try to organize the past, Improve their daily lives, and try to minimize the chaos surrounding them. However there is one thing that they cannot control, and that is the future.
The civil war was a bloody and gruesome fight to preserve a way of life that was looked upon as immoral and unconstitutional. John Sherman described in a letter the views of soldiers and men, “The same qualities that have enabled a single generation of men to develop the resources of a continent would enable us to destroy it more rapidly.” Government leaders and soldiers ignored the work that went into building America and were able to accept the killings fellow men or other innocent people without shedding a tear because of the need to feel superior to other men. Other leaders of war learned to settle with the consequences of war, “war means fighting and fighting means killing” (Forrest). The ability to kill because “it’s just war” is a learned characteristic after being involved in so many brutal and atrocious events.
In the novella, Leaving Gilead, Pat Carr shows how war destroys people 's character. Integrity is extremely hard to find during war. Geneva is bossy and wants the best for herself and not for the more important things in life. Yankees are destroying reputation and lively hood. War brings out the worst in people.
One day in the dugout in no man 's land, the English soldiers are commanded by Sergeant Hanley to attack the German trenches. Charlie disobeys this command since he wants to stay and help Tommo who is injured. This leads Charlie to face a court martial for cowardice. When Charlie attends the court martial, the only witness he has to speak for him is Sergeant Hanley as the other soldiers have been moved to another sector, and the judges believe Tommo’s statements would be biased, being Charlie’s brother. (Morpurgo, 185~194)
(“The Sniper”, pg. 3). This is an excerpt from the story that occurs almost immediately after he shoots and kills his enemy. It shows how horrible he feels for his actions and just how quickly his view of war changed. This event also caused him to despise the war, “His teeth chattered, He began to gibber to himself, cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody. ”(“The
1. In the book, All Quiet On The Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, Paul realizes that, at this point in time, he either has to kill or be killed, he chooses to kill. Unwilling to die without a fight, "We have lost all feeling for one another. We can hardly control control ourselves when our glance lights on the form of some other man. We are insensible, dead men, who through some trick, some dreadful magic, are still able to run and to kill" (116).
In the case of Ted Lavender, once he was pronounced dead the men stripped him of his things while waiting for the chopper to pick up his body, and sat “smoking the dead man 's dope (436).” Furthermore, when they drew numbers to determine who scouted out the tunnels, they “always felt the luck of the draw” when they escaped the duty (438). This is because they feared death, but were always embarrassed to admit it. For the soldiers, dishonor was worse than anything else they faced. “They crawled into tunnels and… advanced under fire,” and refused to give up and simply “fall to the ground” all to save their own pride (443).
If we threw away these rifles and this uniform you could be my brother," implementing that there is no significant difference between all those who participate in war (pg. 223). In addition, Remarque includes a scene in which a soldier accompanies sick friends room to acquire his boots after his expected death. This illustrates the soldier 's selfishness since his scheme for the boots is quite inappropriate given the sick person 's situation (pg. 21). Lastly, Remarque incorporates a passage in which people faint while waiting to be served bones due to their lack of energy. The scene shows how the country is falling apart and could not provide its army with the basic necessities needed for keeping people alive and healthy.
The supporters of this bill are not bad or evil people; they simply dance a full beat off center, fearful of the changing world around them. They live in a continuous state of self-flagellation of their human condition powerless to reason beyond their inherited convictions of what is right and wrong. They stand upon the soap box of fanatical righteousness married to selective beliefs that are nurtured by an astute conviction that happiness can only be found by embracing the darkness and death. All too often, they cannot be reasoned with, and in fact, it can be extremely dangerous to try. They embrace their phobias as a covetous crusade for their definition of the norm which often disqualifies their understanding of reasonable discourse.
In the short story, “The Man I Killed,” O’Brien focuses on this to show that everyone fighting in a war has a story. He spends the story describing the man he killed and searching for justification of his actions. He carries around guilt with him because of it, and his fellow soldiers try to help him justify and come to terms with his action by saying things like, “You want to trade places with him? Turn it all upside down= you want that? I mean, be honest,” (126) and “Tim, it’s a war.