The American Civil War is glorified by Stephen Crane in The Red Badge of Courage by revealing how soldiers are brainwashed about how they will all die a heroic death. “He had of course dreamed of battles all his life, nevertheless the next morning he had gone to town that was near his mother’s farm and enlisted in a company that was forming there(Crane 9)”. This proves how Henry Fleming who is the main character in the novel, is taught that by enlisting in the war one will become a man and die a war hero which is why he has dreamed of going into battle his whole life but as shown in the novel this is not the case for everyone. On the battlefield Henry is surrounded by people dying and getting hurt. “One was swearing that he had been shot in
The general happens to walk by and see Joby weeping while out there alone. Going to see what the problem was the general finds out that Joby is stressed and is scared about the war that was bound to happen. Joby was devastated and thought the worst out of his general seeing him cry. The general understands Joby and realizes that to get Joby to lead the team right he has to put confidence back into Joby. The general soon lets Joby know that it’s ok to be worried and in the state, Joby was in now.
Their dad kicks Sam out and he joins the army. Sam took their dads gun to fight with. Tim, His dad, and his mother are left to run to the tavern that their family owns. The war continues on and supplies become scarce. Sam had come back to town and was staying in one of their neighbors houses.
In the text it says, “Well, here it is- my chance to be a man. A boy wouldn’t go off to earn eleven dollars a month and wear a uniform.” This shows how he is giving up his childhood to be a soldier. He understands that once he fights in this war he will no longer be the young “child” he was before. Another example from the text is, “He wasn’t any boy.
The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty. It was the draft which brought these boys into the fight involuntarily, to fight a war which they saw no meaning in. Many of these boys are the sons of veterans who fought in World War II, that came home to parades and were held up like heroes for fighting. Honorary men of the country and the soldiers fighting for Vietnam did not want to disappoint them. Thus, when O’Brien mentions in the quote, valor was not the point, he is trying to explain to the reader that the men went like it was a job they had to do, not a random act of courage that willed them to proceed.
(p. 83). That statement shows right away that Longstreet strategizes and wants to take the defensive and counteract the opposing army. Longstreet believes that for the Confederates to have any chance on winning the battle that the Confederate army needs to take a defensive because of the sheer numbers that the Union army has over the Confederate army. Longstreet is not the only one who believes this, Lewis Armistead strongly believed in Longstreet’s defensive tactics. Armistead tells Longstreet, “I’ve been thinking on your theories of defensive war.
The main theme of the book is the realization that young and old men that are physically and mentally not ready for the line of duty are being forced to the front lines to fight in WWII, as a result of this they have to experience drastic and life changing events such as, Modern warfare and Prisoner of War (POW) camps. Vonnegut develops his comment on society through the novel by explaining how ill equipped men were sent to fight in the war, the advancements of modern warfare, and the effects that war can have on a person such as Billy Pilgrim. Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died on April 11, 2007. Vonnegut studied at the Cornell University from 1940 to 1942 then enlisted in The U.S. army. After he fought in the battle of the Bulge the
In the novel All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul Baumer represents the “Lost Generation” with Paul embodying the decline of the young sent to war under the guise of duty and honor propagated by teachers and parents as his character changes from a sensitive nineteen year old boy to be worn, apathetic soldier who has seen the violent front lines of the war. In the novel All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul Baumer has been in war for months now sitting in the trenches of the front. His hatred for the war is obvious as he watches men killed in the most of horrendous ways cursing at himself for not feeling anything and becoming an ‘animal’. The war was only made more damaging when Paul and his fellow schoolmates witness the death of their friend, Behm, the first week of war after he was left for
The characters I will be discussing in this book are Henry Fleming, Wilson, and Jim Conklin. The Red Badge of Courage is centered around a young man named Henry Fleming who decides at a young age to enlist in the military. Henry later discovers different sides of himself that he didn’t know even existed. Henry is burdened with the feeling of fear that he has and goes to other soldiers and tries to get them to admit that they are fearful as well.
When he first made his shift this came to his mind, “’It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life and then I came along in two minutes and boom! It’s all over”’ (Bradbury 49). Montag is saying that he regrets becoming a fireman and burning down someone’s hard work just so no one can learn. As Montag learns more he states, “’Nobody listens anymore.
In comparison, The Things They Carried and The Battle of Ong Thanh video had several alike features such as youthfulness, unfamiliar surroundings, and the fear of dying. For example, in the video soldiers would talk about their experience and feeling towards it. As said in The Things They Carried, “In June of 1968, a month after graduation from Macalester College, I was drafted to fight a war I hated. I was twenty-one years old” (38). These men were scared, untrained, and no longer hopeful for the future.
Kilrain informs colonel Chamberlain that their unit,the Twentieth Maine, has just received 120 men from the Second Maine, because they are disbanded. The men are now being kept under guard, and Chamberlain has orders to shoot any man who does not agree to march. The leader tells him that the mutineers are tired of the war even if they have one more year left. Also the Union generals who has no skills and have been running it, and they want to go home. Chamberlain knows he cannot let them go, but he also cannot bring himself to shoot them.
For thousands of years the stench of gun powder and drying blood has burned the innocence out of boys, turning them into men hardened by years of violent warfare. Joby, a young drummer boy in the American Civil War, is just one example of a young man being greatly impacted by events that occurred in the war. The short story follows Joby’s fears before the Battle of Shiloh, he feels defenseless, hopeless, and scared as he believes his position as the drummer boy is all but preferable. Joby’s attitude changes after a well-respected general comes to speak with him at night while Joby is crying out of fear. The General offers Joby support and reassures him of his importance, leaving Joby feeling important and confident.
Thomas Stone wall Jackson was a war general for the Confederate army during the 1860’s, and depending if you were fighting for the North or South, a war hero. He was a fearless warrior in the civil war, he fought like no other would. Jackson earned the name in the battle of first Bull Run. There, when many men ran he stood and brought his men back in like a stone wall. With this he defeated the union army at the first Battle of Bull run.
Henry Fleming was a young soldier who felt he had a lot to prove himself and to others. He romanticized the idea of war and death by heroics naïvely. Throughout the book, especially the beginning, he can be easily interpreted as selfish and vein by the choices he makes. Although Fleming’s emotional state and maturity do flourish as he returns to the war and finds some selflessness as he fights alongside others, his glory in battle and intentions in winning is far from noble. Allowing the underlining theme of self-preservation to prevail.