Plato famously stated, “Only the dead have seen the end of War.” War is everywhere, always happening in some section of the Earth. According to the Ancient History Encyclopedia, in the last 3,400 years of human history, only 268 years - eight percent - have been without war. War has changed the course of history for countries, their citizens, and their culture. Battles can be inhumane, unsanitary, and leave lasting effects on soldiers and the environment. War often leaves soldiers with feelings of guilt they do not recover from, usually occurring after the death of a fellow soldier or the killing of innocent civilians. Some soldiers describe feeling like a different person after returning home from service. War impacts soldiers in multiple
Many people wonder if war is a necessary evil. War can end injustice and brutality. It can lead to freedom and liberty, and ensure the safety of future generations. However, war also costs lives, and it leads to brutality. War can tear apart families, and cause pain and suffering. In the book My Brother Sam is Dead, the main character, Tim Meeker, has to weigh these factors and choose what side he is on. Throughout the book, he is indecisive, and constantly debates which side he should choose. By the end of the book, Tim decides to become neutral after seeing and experiencing the deaths of Ned, Life Meeker, and Sam Meeker.
Finally war kill lots of people. One example is “I think we ought to bomb the daylights out of them, as long as we don’t hit any women or children or old people, don’t you?… ‘Or hospitals,’ he went on.’And naturally no schools. Or churches.’ ‘We must also be careful about works of art,’... Mr. Patch-Withers grumbled, with a flushed face. ‘How do you expect our boys to be as precise as that thousands of feet up with bombs weighing tons!” (Pg 10 chp.1)In war innocent people will die and you can't do anything about it.
With all of the problems in our society, war is the most talked about dilemma in our messed up world. War could be both good and bad depending on a person’s view about it. War has some good objectives like erasing injustice and ending tyranny. If you think about it, there are also negative objectives, like how brutal war can be, or all of the innocent lives that are lost. In the book, My Brother Sam is Dead it explains how it may be like during the Revolutionary War, threw the eyes of a boy named Tim. Not only does he have to witness this life changing battle, but he also ends up having a inner-battle with himself. He has to choose between a Loyalist( his Father’s side) or a Patriot( his brother’s side). Throughout the story he changes his sides until he finally choose neutral. Tim decides to become neutral because of Ned, Sam and His Father.
War. It divides to conquer? Ending in triumph, or does it leave us broken? Who’s to say, it can do both. It all depends on the war itself. War is about principles. It can be used to end injustice, tyranny, or both. It can band people together to form a bond that is unbreakable, all fighting for the same cause. But that bond can have a high price. War kills soldiers, tearing them from family; it kills innocent people, just trying to survive. People are brutal, whether it be a harsh commander with deathly penalties, or even a rude soldier, demanding supplies or a roof from a civilian. Many think war is not the only way, there can be a peaceful solution. Two such people are the authors of My Brother Sam is Dead, James and Christopher Collier. They show this belief through the life of Tim Meeker, who struggles to decide who to side with, his brother, Sam, or his father. The ironic and horrible deaths of Jerry, Ned, and his own brother, Sam, eventually force Tim to choose neutrality.
“It is well that war is so terrible-- otherwise we would grow too fond of it,” were the words once said by the Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Indeed, even opposing nations can agree that war is full of destruction and devastation. Despite this, there are those who believe that war is glorious. Too often, movies and literature depict war as a virtuous endeavor. Young men are often told during war that they should become a soldier, for honor and glory. As a result, many young men are pressured into joining the military, or even join willingly, due to this over glorification. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen discuss this very topic. Quite similar works, both feature ex-soldiers as their authors.
Over the course of the years, war has been perceived as violent and unnecessary and most Americans hate the idea of it. They can’t understand the justifications for why America goes to war and they absolutely won’t stand for it. But there are some things that war provides and contributes to America that people often overlook. “The War Works Hard,” by Dunya Mikhail claims that war “works with unparalleled diligence! / Yet no one gives it a word of praise (49-50).” Mikhail claims that when people think of war they think of all the negative things that are the result of war like the “lifeless and glistering” bodies and the ones that are “pale and still throbbing (15-16)”. People think of losing their loved ones and destroyed countries, families, and many other things
The whole purpose of war is for power. When people cannot have their way they get mad and feel the need to fight. the thirst for power cannot be stopped which causes repetition. War isn't just a fight but more of a thirst that is unquenchable until one is of full power. “I ought to be chief” said by jack in the book.This shows how bad people want power in war and how created by arrogance in one's heart. "And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can't hunt, you can't sing—"
In the Roman Empire, England, France, and the Middle East, ever since people have been around, there has always been conflict and fighting. A common theme in war is inhumanity. For example, in World War I mustard gas would produce terrible blisters on soldiers who were exposed to it. Empathy for those suffering young men was not present in those causing the pain. While war is still ongoing in the world, Europe is much more peaceful today then it was a hundred years ago and people in general are being taught to resolve conflict in a humane way. Since William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies there have been many improvements in society over the last 70 years. While William he was alive, teenagers were often mean and inhumane like those portrayed in the book. If William Golding were to observe the life of a teenager in 2018 he would be impressed and pleased about the acceptance of others, the use of technology, and the teaching of humanity to children as these things did not occur during the 1950s or in the book.
War, what is it good for? Edwin Starr asked this very good question in his famous song. War is violent, gruesome, and deadly, so why is it used to solve problems? Innocent people go fight in wars to try and win other people’s battles. When really thought about, the reasons people go to war do not make sense. In Candide by Voltaire and Gulliver’s Travels by Swift, the rationale of war is satirized by the use of warped logic.
War is something many people can have the chance to experience, but few actually make it through the journey.In various senior symposium lectures and readings have revolved around the life of war and the lives that war impacts. War has more negative externalities than positive externalities when comparing the two. War drastically changes the way a person reacts to situations, a soldiers home life and relationships, and causes possible trauma for many of the men.
Reflecting within itself is a very hard thing to do in the first place. It is even harder when the reflection brings up a bad memory. Reflection might be the hardest thing a person can face as it brings back the pain from past experiences. “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa uses many literary techniques to describe the man’s internal battle due to events he had seen in the Vietnam War. As Yusef examines the wall, he sees names and is reminded of his fellow comrades who lost their lives. Yusef has an internal struggle because he really does not know what to feel. He is really conflicted by the wall. The title really explains how Yusef is feeling. He is facing the fact that he was in a terrible time in his life called war. Yusef feels like he should be on that wall along with his fellow comrades. He is facing the fact that a part of him died inside the war. This really moves the speaker and one can feel it in the title. Yousef sees the names of the fallen and thinks how that could be him. “Facing It” describes a man who goes to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and he experiences flashbacks of a hard time in his life
Bloodshed and brotherhood versus facts and forum, both items can be combined to discuss different types of war. War is often seen as cruel, violent or destructive but that doesn’t define the entire idea. There are whole sublevels of war from within oneself up to humanity pitted one against the other. However, there is one common theme that concerns all levels and types of war, which is that war is unique. Unique in that the two sides of war can vary so greatly, yet the issue is still in essence a war.
“We all say not war, we are all for justice and peace. But sometimes in order to maintain peace, armed action is necessary. But we hope it won’t be the case"-by Silvio Bersuconi. This quote was said by former Italian Prime Minister who spoke about war. War has been a problem since human was created on this planet. War is a part of history and it is still going on. World War I and II, Cold War, Civil War in Somalia, Afghanistan, many wars has happen and still going on. And all the war expect cold war involves death. Therefore, war brings us mass death, destruction, and ruins the daily life.
It states in the simplest way that war is not something to be tampered with, but simply a terrible tragedy that must occur for the preservation of power. War is a sinister subject in this world today, and the history of it saddens humanity more and more. War is something however that cannot be avoided. Humans are naturally drawn to conflict, and war is the quickest way there. War has always been apart of humanity and probably always will be. However, war shows humanity how to truly appreciate all the things that live has to offer. For example, Shaun R, McCann states, “It is an extraordinary paradox that war, the cause of so much havoc and misery, could be associated with important life-saving innovations in fields such as haematology.” Therefore, McCann shows that war can have at least some benefit. However, it is important that soon in the future, war becomes less relevant, and the world works together to become more