This brings about a flash of fear across the minds of both soldiers and soldiers-to-be alike. Still, it also serves to embed courage into the young men and women who have chosen to give themselves to their country. The general is a meticulous man who picks his words in a careful manner in order to provide those that listen to him with a reason to listen to him. After having been through all that he has had to endure and fight through, MacArthur is aware of how his words can affect people on an emotional plane. He states loudly for all the cadets in the room to hear “yours is the profession of arms” to motivate the audience and give a prideful boost to their ego (“American Rhetoric: General Douglas MacArthur -- Sylvanus
LT Murphy had a hard decision to make, to either kill these herders to not expose his team or to follow the Geneva Convention and let them go even when they would undoubtedly alert the enemy. “The potential force against us was too great. To let these guys go on their way was military suicide.” (Luttrell 2007, 202) The obvious military decision would have been to kill them and preserve the concealment of his team on the mountain, however LT Murphy decided to let them go due to the fact that the goats would not leave if they killed them also the fact that the insurgents could use the bodies for exploitation purposes. Knowing that letting them go could result in danger to
For instance, the horrors of the front put the men under a trance like spell and become attractive to them: “ To me, the front is a mysterious whirlpool, though I am still far away from its center, I feel the vortex sucking me slowly” (20). The minds of the soldiers have been completely dissolved and they now grip onto anything they can process. In this case, the men only know how to process violence and pain because they have an understanding that the only accomplishments they can achieve from this point of their lives consists of fighting on the front. This goes to show that war is capable of twisting and molding a man 's mind into believing that violence is the only relevant aspect of life, and therefore should be the only thing they think about. Furthermore, even the surgeons on the battlefront are taken advantage of war by becoming psychotic and treat the patients cruelly: You are here to be cured of your wound, not your flat feet.
Hank had to get into the core of the government to stifle with the ideology just enough for him to start seeing results. In the novel, a strong example of the armor proving to be useless is when hank jousts the knights in armor and as the crowd sees that Sir Sagramore is down and when inspecting him they observe “There was a hole through the breast of his chain mail, but they attached no importance to a little thing like that” (299). The armor not only is proven useless but by allowing the bullet to penetrate and cause harm is
This causes the reader to feel admiration for him leading the country, but also empathy because he is struggling physically and emotionally. Tim O’Brian conveys the theme that war weighs heavily on a soldier. Through the total omniscient point of view, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is revealed as distracted, sentimental, and caring. It says in the story,
The actions of both MacArthur and Macbeth show their rise and inevitable fall, is due to their hunger for power. Macbeth and MacArthur both have military backgrounds which contributes to their strong leadership skills, They also were both naturally very talented in the military aspects of the respective times. Also acting as if they are loyal to their leader, while it turns out that they are actually not. However, their rise to power seems to turn into two very different directions and how they reached their highest rank;
Tim O’Brien wanted people to understand, and feel what it was like to be in the war, so he wrote the short story “Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?” He wanted his readers to understand how war such a isolated time, also how anxious all of the soldiers were of being heard. One wrong move and they could be dead. Tim also wanted everyone to realize how intense war is, all the soldiers had to be as silent as possible to stay
Today Attila the Hun is categorised as a great leader by modern historians due to his loyalty, his courage and his ability to take charge. In contrast to these views, the classical writers feared him, naming him the “Scourge of God” and calling him savage, as he conducted many massacres and killed many men. Most modern historians have an opinion of Attila the Hun, such as Wills Durant and Peter Heathers. Additionally the book “Leadership secrets of Attila the Hun” by Wess Roberts states we have a lot to learn from Attila’s reign. Although there are many modern sources dedicated to Attila, there are very few ancient sources written about him.
For all the great strengths of these heroes it’s important to remember they’re still human. Humans are naturally flawed beings, in fact their exaggerated strengths seem to make their weaknesses more dramatic. These fatal flaws constantly get between the hero and reaching his goal contributing to setbacks, loss, and sometimes death. Odysseus’s fatal flaw is pride, usually in himself he lets his positive regard for his own abilities and wants get in the way of his decision making process. One example is his military leadership, he makes both very good and very bad military decisions in his time commanding men, Odysseus is, as Homer says,” polytropos, many-sided, mixed, multi-colored, piebald.
In his own right, you know, he has a great deal of character.” This choice indicates that Rodwell is not as naive as one might assume he is. While he is blindsighted by the cruelty of those in war, he soon acknowledges this new reality, and in doing so, takes his own life. By joining the military, Rodwell knowingly submitted himself to situations that would almost certainly compromise his own happiness. It is not until he sees men in the trenches killing for pleasure as opposed to necessity that he is driven beyond the point of no return, alluding to the true nature of his character as an individual who places the happiness of others, including animals, above his own interests. In direct opposition of Rodwell, another important character, Barbara d’Orsey, acts in a manner that places her own needs above those of others around her.