To me O’brien uses this quote to explain that Vietnam was a pointless war that our country entered and because of that they must live with the deaths of every soldier there, the only goal of the Vietnam war was to survive. The fear of death got so intense that men ultimately thought death was the only way to escape. Death wasn’t only feared in a scared way, sometimes it was in a way that made men evil, Mitchell Sanders tells Alpha Company a story of a man who fled from his platoon to go and sleep with a Red Cross nurse only to return days later, excited more than ever about being back in combat because everything else was to peaceful and he wanted to hurt people again. Nightmares are feared by many people in society today but we have a way to escape and still live our lives. What happens when you live in your nightmare like every man in Vietnam did, not knowing when or how death was going to come for you, and knowing the only way of escaping that hell was to kill whatever stood in your way, to be wounded severely, or to give up life
He punished the citizens of Wallachia for the smallest crimes, by impalement. Women would be impaled for no reason, but were told they weren’t working hard enough. His unfair torture and killings led to constant fear and panic from the people. He would even put a golden chalice in the towns just to test people, to see if anyone would attempt to steal it so he could punish them, but no one dared, for they knew what awaited them if they even thought about it. No one would even talk bad about him, for fear of being executed.
PTSD is a very serious condition; where people suffer from an illness created in their mind. PTSD is very common in the military. Most people develop this illness after coming home from war. PTSD could lead into very bad and traumatic incidents to themselves and their families. One instance of PTSD in the military is the famous case of Chris Kyle.
PTSD is a really big anxiety problem that develops in some people 's minds after seeing people die or witnessing harsh things. This war was not like any other war; this war was not even planned out. After the war, a lot of men did not get the health care they needed even though they should have been guaranteed care with full insurance for both physical and emotional needs. During the Vietnam War, the emotional impact to the soldiers resulting from PTSD often having a tragic ending for those who served.
In the case of Ted Lavender, once he was pronounced dead the men stripped him of his things while waiting for the chopper to pick up his body, and sat “smoking the dead man 's dope (436).” Furthermore, when they drew numbers to determine who scouted out the tunnels, they “always felt the luck of the draw” when they escaped the duty (438). This is because they feared death, but were always embarrassed to admit it. For the soldiers, dishonor was worse than anything else they faced. “They crawled into tunnels and… advanced under fire,” and refused to give up and simply “fall to the ground” all to save their own pride (443).
For Salva, the war was a really big event in his life that can affect him in many ways. I would ask Salva how he felt about the big war. I would of asked him is he was sad, or upset about losing his family. According to the text,” A Long Walk to Water”, it says “ These people were Dinka too! could his family be among them.?”.
Instead of checking out the situation or wounding him, he shot the man in the back and killed him. It 's despairing how President Johnson used Governor Romney as his scapegoat, especially when I learned that they had been wonderful friends for many years. Johnson was already under fire for the Vietnam situation and was afraid of more opposition from the people of the United States. He was concerned about the backlash he might get for sending troops out to possibly be killed.
According to the film and book “American Sniper", Chris only felt bad about the lives he couldn 't save, not the ones he did. He had no problem killing the enemy but could not bear to see his fellow servicemen be killed. Many marines look up to him as a savior because he was their only protection when walking down hostile streets. Enemy soldiers would hide and ambush so Kyle would prevent them from ambushing.
U.S. soldiers are trained to follow orders, which is exactly what they did as hundreds of villagers were indiscriminately killed in the My Lai Massacre. Even if the soldiers were acting under confusing orders, that is a failure of the chain of command, and even if the killings were orchestrated by a few incompetent officers, those officers never should have been placed in leadership roles. The real tragedy of My Lai represents an entire system of willful negligence and lack of accountability on the part of the military. Thus the responsibility for the massacre lies with the men involved, but also with the military chain of command that gave the order and then tried to cover it up.
The Things They Carried and Operation Homecoming exhibit the lasting effect of war on soldiers. This is both mental and physical, in the forms of mental illnesses such as PTSD, or permanent injuries from battle. Some effects come from the death of a troop mate, such as Curt Lemon in The Things They Carried. These leave lasting mental scars on soldiers, or cause them to cope in ways that are less than humane. Many soldiers resort to suicide, including Norman Bowker after experiencing the death of Kiowa in Vietnam.
Rikki Tikki’s biggest enemy underestimated the power and determination of Rikki Tikki. Nag and his wife named Nagaina were plotting to kill Rikki Tikki’s human family. Rikki Tikki knew he had to do whatever it took to protect his family. His human family took him in and he
Colonel Magnus saw the Special Forces Soldiers as traitors to the cause. His mindset hadn’t changed. You were either with him or against him. The SF soldiers were against him, so he ordered their bodies disposed of in a common unmarked grave and refused to recognize them. This concerned many of the senior officers within his command, what it a war crime many of them wondered.
The murder trial had stirred up his thinking on the war. Though he regretted his actions in the incident, he believed that they were the natural extension of the things they were taught and encouraged to do in the war. He was frustrated by military court’s refusal to consider factors of the war. It further inflamed his belief that the war had produced a spirit of brutality, which corrupted the moral condition of those who had engaged in it, and that the military command did not operate with intellectual consistency. A plane could bomb a village of civilians and somehow have it be treated as a legitimate war action, while foot soldiers encouraged to hunt down the enemy at all cost and getting civilians caught in the process was taboo.
The book Heroes by Robert Cormier was set during the time of the war. Upon opening the novel, we are introduced to Francis Cassavant, a suicidal, battle ravaged young man who has just returned from the war front. Francis is riddled with guilt from events that had happened in the past and he is looking to commit an act of vengeance. In the book, each of the characters is developed through flashbacks of times during and before the war. Moreover, the war provides Francis with a means to an honorable death, as well as identifying characters as heroes in battle.