Paul is a kind-hearted 19-year-old soldier, but his time in the war forces him to disconnect from his feelings as acknowledging them would release too much pain. Like Ged, Paul coped with Kemmerich’s death, along with the death of anyone who was important to him, by accepting it and moving on. When Paul is telling Kemmerich’s mother about her son’s death, he thinks, “Why doesn’t she stop worrying? Kemmerich will stay dead whether she knows about it or not.” (Remarque, 181) Paul cared about Kemmerich, but he has accepted his death and has already stopped worrying about it. Like Ged’s parents, Kemmerich’s mom coped with her son’s death by being told that they died bravely and did not suffer.
He starts with his view of his father and how he does not have very high expectations of him. He claims to have had a different thought of what his father was going to be like and states that he had “expected a different father, one about seven feet tall with enough money to buy our entire barrio, but this one was average height, with and average face” (125). Without this thought, the audience would be able to see that he is unhappy with his father and therefore it is not necessary. Further, the reader can see without the additional thoughts and opinions that Yunior does not think highly of his father and therefore does not look up to him as a role model. He believes his father to only be a disciplinary figure in his life and asserts “he said little to us that wasn’t disciplinary, which didn’t surprise us” (125).
Don't worry about things before they happen, cross that bridge when it comes. When Santiago was out in the ocean far enough to the point where he couldn't see land, he started to think about how "some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat and knew they were right in the months of sudden bad weather." (61) Santiago, however, did not worry about this because he knew that "If there is a hurricane you always see the signs of it in the sky for days ahead , if you are at sea." (61) Since he saw no signs, he didn't worry. He would deal with the obstacle if it
The main character tries to act tough is when he thought that if he went on the bridge first his friends would give up. The main character is tough is at the end because he finally admitted that he wasn't tough in the first place. So working out or doing dangerous things just won't make you tough and brave, doing other things like admitting that you weren't tough or brave in the first
Huckleberry Finn is the perfect bildungsroman novel, but it does not complete the hero’s archetype. In a perfect world Huck would have returned to society, spreading his story and how to overcome to social implication that is slavery. Unfortunately, Huck does not return to spread his new philosophy, but instead turns to the west so that his Aunt Sally can not civilize him. This is definitely an odd ending; most novels end with the hero returning to their family or teaching others how to live the way the hero has months. The hero typically scatters their story and morals out to others, but Huck does not.
Writer Abraham Miller in his book Unmoral Maxims writes “A man begins to die when he ceases to expect anything from tomorrow.” The death of a man is not only defined by when he takes his last breath, but the moment that he gives up everything he had, everything he was, and all the hope that was left in his heart. This unfortunate tragedy is one that was met by the character George Milton from the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck. The hope that George had was not located within him; it was located within his mentally disabled travel companion Lennie Small. Throughout the book George shows how his reliance on Lennie allows him to hope for their paradise, and how, without that hope he has truly begun to dye for the first time. The book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck contains the story about how without the continuation of hope one will truly be dying.
A hero is not someone who manipulates or plays around with victims just when they have the power to do something. “The man in the well” story, for example, explains how these couple of kids could’ve done something helpful but, they didn’t. Instead, they hesitated for too long and played around with the victim too much until he was eventually drowned by the night’s rainstorm. The children did bring him food, however, but they still should’ve done something to get someone’s attention. That is not a hero; that is called a “bystander”.
Tim O’Brien killed a man while he was on guard although it was to protect the rest of the soldiers he was fighting in the war with he still felt guilty. Tim imagined how much of a great life or how he may have lived his life up until the day that he was killed by Tim O’Brien. Tim felt both the responsibility and guilt of the person that he killed while saving his own life in the process. Seeing a body as it is lying down in front of you nearly dying and there is not a chance of saving them could leave a scaring memory that would never go away all due to the fact that it happened right in front of your eyes and mostly because of you. Tim may have tried to forget or not think of what had happened but the death of someone usually never goes away and is somehow always a lingering memory that could not be
John’s relationship with and the death of Jimmy Blevins, his love for Alejandra and her abandoning him, and his lost position at the hacienda ranch are three main events that leave John alienated, but enriched with worldly ideas and understandings he would take to the grave. Jimmy Blevins, fatally shot, provided John with intuition about the importance of companionship. His death also provided knowledge of the consequences of the decisions a person makes. Although John had not known Blevins long, he felt a sort of responsibility for him, especially because he presumed he was younger than him by a couple of years. Even though their relationship was not a very close one, nobody wants to see anyone be executed for a mistake that was made at such a young age.
In our culture, it’s common for families to be depressed when their loved one passes away. They love them, and have a bond with that person, so funerals in our culture are always a very emotional and hard time for people. And I feel like it would be even worse to have a funeral for a child who passed, because they didn’t get to experience what the real world is like. They were still in their young and innocent days. Death hits us hard in our culture and deeply hurts the family members who have the deal with the passing of their loved one.
"When a man died, there had to be blame. Jimmy Cross understood this. You could blame the war… A moment of carelessness or bad judgment or plain stupidity carried consequences that lasted forever" (115). In both the novel and the video, it was shown that the soldiers would quickly take blame for the actions in battle. For example, in the Battle of Ong Thanh, a veteran shared that he had the opportunity to save someone, but didn’t take it due to fear.
Sonny woke up to his Aunt Pearl telling him that a tsunami struck Hilo where his father is. Sonny couldn’t do anything. He doesn’t know if his dad is alive or not and that scares the whole family. One of Sonny’s uncles takes him and Keo to look for his dad. The drive there, Sonny is going through mental challenges and anxiety.
Fear of shame not only motivates men to go to war but also affects soldiers’ relationships with each other once there. Concern about being accepted in the war, which might seem in the end an unimportant part given the chances of death and importance of staying together as a “team” during this time. The emotional burden was not just during the war it was also after the war that all these memories came back to them. When these memories come back it brings sadness to them thinking about all the people they lost through out their time
Throughout the book until the end, it can be seen that all sense of humanity has been lost and when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the son has witnessed his father’s death, making this book seem like a tragedy from cover to cover but something remarkable happens there too. Even though it seems like a complete loss, something is also gained. It could possibly be a new perspective or maybe the gain of the child’s new found family who took him in, or even both. All it took was one family to come along, for the reader to sense that one spark that made you realize humanity isn’t completely lost, though it does leave you to wonder whether or not they will