In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
For example, when Paul describes the new recruits and how they act in battle, he says to the reader “They listen, they are docile- but when it begins again,in their excitement, they do everything wrong” (134) It is practically a genocide, these new recruits are not ready for war and what it takes, they act like eager children, and die like flies. Furthermore, when the battle is at an end, a man calls and counts the men, Paul tells the reader “And there is a long silence before the voice asks: ‘Anyone else?’- and waits and then says softly: ‘In squads’- and breaks off and is only able to finish: ‘Second Company-march easy’” (136). The breaks show the quietness, the elephant in the room so to speak, as there are so few left, everyone else is dead. This is how the author uses syntax to express an anti-war
The patriarchy also proves damaging and oppressive for individuals such as Roy. While Roy is far from a sympathetic character as he is abusive and controlling of Jack, it should be acknowledged that war veterans, especially in the 1950’s, were not given the social or medical support needed. Jack perceives Roy as “what a man should be” and sees him as stoic and strong, “He’d been to war and kept a kind of silence about it that was full of heroic implication.” The ideal that a man should be detached, unemotional, and violent lest he be seen as effeminate or weak comes from the idea that men need to be the providers and the powerful, something which is incredibly damaging to men, especially those who have been affected by the trauma of war. It
Jerry was sadly one of the three taken. Taking a boy and releasing someone who is of more threat to them is very unreasonable. Tim was very saddened and was angered at the British for it as he thought the British were people he could support at the time. He had lots of fun with Jerry fishing and climbing trees, but he expected to be friends with him for longer. Thinking that the war couldn’t also kill children, Tim decided to go against war, being
“Candy looked unhappily, he said softly. No I couldn’t do that. I had him too long” Candy could not kill his dog, and he was sad when they told him that it was time to shoot your dog, it might be a dog to them but it was more than a dog to him, it was his friend. Candy did not want to feel lonely, he was so used to him (the dog) that if he left, he won’t be able to survive, “Candy threw his legs off the bunk. He scratched the white stubble whiskers on his cheeks nervously.
In contrast, "The Things that Make a Soldier Great" aims to clear up what soldiers really go to war for, they are not there for "The pomp and pride of kings" but only when you "Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run—You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun. ", soldiers fight to protect their homes, not their kings. The poem aims to glorify soldiers and certain aspects of war, it goes on to prove that in reality there really isn 't good vs bad on the battlefield, it 's just a man who "sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call, And only death can stop him now—he 's fighting for them all. ", and this is our hidden meaning.
Although he countlessly rejects the help of others, his loved ones temporarily provide his soul with meager respites from the incessant whine of his own counsions. Frankenstein's monster on the other hand does not have the luxury of being raised in a well nurturing, loving community. While Victor’s isolation is voluntary, his is a consequence of his horrific exterior. Dealing with rejection from the society around him and a utter lack of companionship he fights for a reality in which he can find someone to love him the way he sees other beings being loved. He longs to “feel the affection of a sensitive being and became linked to the chain of existence and events from which I
Still being a teen, Jack fails at this obstacle of change during his first attempt as he can’t deal with the killing of a living organism after first arriving. Jack is still very connected to his identity as a civil individual and therefore struggles when killing the pig since he is forced to change, express leadership and be productive, however isn’t able to kill it as “There came a pause… only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be...Jack’s face was white under the freckles… the unbearable blood.” (Golding, 31). Thus, witnessing failure in the beginning of novel as he is gaining experience from a new life where civility is ignored and savagery is widely required, in order to be productive, gain authority and survive. This event is significant throughout the novel since Jack experiencing such humiliation leads him to strive for success as he continues to attempt the change in his life while the group is isolated from society, compared to how the Germans viewed the world, differently than everyone else as the military served a form of dictatorship, and savagery against non-Germans, consequently demonstrating isolation and struggle for change in the world during World War
Holden’s solitude is more evident because he is trying to keep his innocence while rest of the world is pressuring him and he has no companions to help him. In the end he realizes that he must learn to deal with the loneliness that he brought upon by himself, which leads him into depression. Huckleberry shares these intense feelings of rejection since several events led him to feel very “lonesome.” However, unlike Holden who was also physically completely alone, Huck Finn is always accompanied by Tom Sawyer or
Consequently, his fear returns to him instantly. He is so afraid that he puts down this rifle, ‘he [yells] then with fright and [swings] about.’ It can be perceived that he has returned to being a boy, a youth, again. Stephen Crane depicts Henry’s mental condition by using a lot of character shifts to show that his courage and dutifulness do not come from within, but are affected by external forces. Henry continues to be an inconsiderate, childish youth since his escape from the regiment. While running away, he abandons a ‘tattered soldier’ wandering in the field because this man asks him too many questions about his wound, which he does not have.