Fallen Angels Prayer

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Imperfect America experiences constant reminders that, “Heaven has not and will not arrive on Earth” (The Loss of Innocence). This concept carries over to the tragedy that war has become. In Fallen Angels, Meyers uses a specific prayer to connect the audience to the great sorrow brought by, “warrior soldiers” (Myers 44). Through the words of Lieutenant Carroll and Monaco, the audience realizes that the soldiers mourn the loss of their peer; however they lament the loss of their childlike innocence. Both prayers, by the lieutenant and an average soldier, signify and prove that any given amount of wartime causes an individual to lose innocence. As young men who has been raised in America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” the atmosphere filled with violence, murder, and fear brutally snatched the youth right out of these, now soldiers, hands. Chapter three illustrates this brilliantly through the death of Jenkins. After a terrifying, yet overall successful night patrol, the troops make their way back to camp attempting to avoid the, …show more content…

Angels fought for the nation. Fought for a cause that made no sense to them. Fought for their lives and the lives of their peers and superiors. Fallen Angels have become the result to the loss of this fight. Fallen Angels symbolize how the Vietnam war stole the innocence from young men. Fallen Angels describes the past and current demolishing of futures. Symbolizing the harsh, realization of war, boys at the age of eighteen become men in a matter of minutes, with gun fire as their alarm clock, fire as their sunsets, screams as their lullabies. A chore living had become. Fear crept in. Living life as a nightmare, constantly feeling anxiety. Tranquility in the barracks no longer exist. The introductions of the fallen angels translates to angels serving in a fallen world, filled with violence, war, and

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