They began to shout at the soldiers, daring them to fire. Captain Preston then arrived and tried to get the crowd to disperse. Unfortunately, an object thrown from the crowd struck one of the soldiers, Private Montgomery, and knocked him down. He fired into the crowd. After a few seconds of stunned silence, a number of other soldiers fired into the crowd as well.
One of the very first times they were at the Front line, Behm, a solider was the first to be injured, “He got hit in the eye during an attack, and we left him dying for dead… and was mad with pain, he failed to keep under cover, and was so shot down before anyone could go and fetch him in”( Remarque 12) . No one risked their own life to go back and help out the injured soldier. The way Behm died was harsh and painful as the author described him being shot. The violence being depicted will sink into the soldier’s
“Never that which is shall die.” This quote appears in the beginning of The Wars quoted by Euripes. This phrase means that once something exists, it never really dies. In the novel by Timothy Findley, the quote strongly relates to the main character Robert. As the story continues on, Robert starts off with innocence and despite all the terrible things he does throughout the book, his innocence and kindness never really dies, it will always be present. In Timothy Findley’s novel, The Wars, he uses symbolism and character development to suggest; that despite how hard one may try to change themselves, they will never be happy, they should only be content to stay as themselves and not try to be like others. Initially, Robert Ross is a great protector of innocence. As the story progresses, he tries hard to become a war hero in order to gain redemption but fails in the process. By the end, Robert
It is sometimes difficult for individuals to settle the discrepancy between truth and illusion, and consequently they drive others away, by shutting down. Mrs. Ross, in The Wars by Timothy Findley, is seen as brittle while she is attending church, and cannot deal with the cruel reality of the war and therefore segregates herself from the truth by blacking it out. As a result, she loses her eyesight, and never gets to solve the clash between her awareness of reality and the actuality of the world. She hides behind a veil, and her glasses to distance herself from reality. Mrs. Davenport has to wheel her around in Rowena’s chair to keep her awake, so she doesn’t harbour up subconscious feeling within her dreams, which she is unable to deal with.
The novel Sophia’s War by Avi begins with a twelve year old girl named Sophia. During this time was American Revolutionary War. Sophia’s life was changing drastically as her father was missing, her brother was captured, and the city where she lives was burned. A young man named Nathan Hale was caught being a spy and was sentenced to be hung. Sophia and her mother were there when his hanging occurred. She was confused and upset of why he should be hung but when she spoke up, a soldier threatened the same fate as Nathan Hale to happen to Sophia as well. It was horrific for Sophia to witness the hanging. “One of the soldiers kicked the ladder away. The young man dropped. I ghasped.” (pg. 8). Sadly, this is not the only death in Sophia’s life that occurs.
The American Revolution marked the history of many heroic events that immaculately stand as true inspirations for the generations to come in the United States. Even today, the gallantry of a few soldiers that won independence for the country is not only kept in the hearts of the people but run in the American blood to demonstrate acts of valor at times of war and hardships. One such story recorded in the history dates back to 1776, about a sixteen-year old juvenile, Joseph Plumb Martin, joined the Rebel Infantry and recorded his tribulations about forty-seven years in a memoir titled as “A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier”. The book mainly focuses on the sufferings through the tough situation he went through.
They, a part of the reserve corps, are called up after both companies face some difficulty, and Michael’s platoon defends their territory. David is crucified when he chases the Germans to their trenches when they retreat, and Michael runs over to try to keep his promises of bringing David back alive. He is injured but succeeds. He later dies, but David survives but has to get his leg amputated, thousands die, but in the end, no ground was gained.
Gene later joins the army after high school and sums up his military experiences: “I never killed anybody and I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy. Because my war had ended before I ever put on a uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there” (204). In this moment of reflection, Gene realizes two ironies of his
The day went by surprisingly quickly. I did long tiring drills while standing in the hot sun. The more I thought and dreaded the battle, the faster it came. Before I realized, I was standing in the front lines ready to fire away. However, before I blindly shot at my enemies, something painful stopped me.
Adventure! Conspiracies! Tragedy! All of this and more is what Sophia Calderwood experiences in the novel, “Sophia’s War,” by Avi. Sophia’s simple life as a 12 year old New York City girl living in the times of the American Revolutionary War gets turned upside down after witnessing the hanging of the famous American spy, Nathan Hale. Sophia claims this to be “the beginning of my extraordinary adventures.” On page 9 of “Sophia’s War,” the text states, “Over time, his [Nathan Hale’s] death proved of greater consequence than his life. Without any doubt, it altered the history of my country as it altered mine. Indeed, what I had just witnessed was the beginning of my extraordinary adventures.” As you can see, Sophia is foreshadowing her future
“At that time, it was the bloodiest battle in American History. ”(Bradbury 167) In, “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” by Ray Bradbury, Joby, the drummer boy, wants to be more than just a drummer boy. He wants to be a soldier. The general talks to Joby saying “you are the heart of the army.”
The Gasmask One night in the year 1530 there was a girl. Who knows what kind of species she was the boy said suspiciously. Oh, by the way her name is BOB! But BOB always wears a gas mask and says Mommy! One day when she was at a cemetery ,she took off her gas mask.