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.
His family are loyalist and his father disapproves of him joining the rebels. 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. He was going to sign to be a man and he knew a way to do it.” This demonstrates how he is willing to leave his family and everything he has to go fight in the war.
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.
Longstreet says at one point, when John Buford’s Calvary is on its way to sneak up on the Confederates, “Now all we have to do is swing around between him Washington and get astride some nice thick rocks and make him come to us, and we’ve got him in the open.” (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. While talking to other soldiers, Henry runs into two other soldiers, Jim Conklin, and Wilson.
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. I can’t talk because they’re yelling at me”’ (Bradbury 93).