(pg 149) When he recieved the letter of all the emotions running through Bowkers mind, O’Brian said, “Norman Bowker’s letter hit me hard. For years ive felt a certain smugness about how easy i had made the shift from war to peace.” (pg 151) O’Brian never really found a connection with Norman until after the letter was written. Norman Bowker was carrying so much weight of being in the war that eventally it did the worst thing possible to him, it killed him. No soldier wants to hear about a member of their troop die because they were fighting battles inside their own mind of
In 'The Memorial Tablet ', Sassoon is representing his views as a soldier who died in World War 1. The soldier is forced to fight for something he doesn 't believe in. It says "Squire nagged and bullied until I went to fight". Sassoon 's choice of verbs 'nagged ' and 'bullied ' emphasizes how much the squire wants the soldier to join and how much the soldier doest want to join. The soldier hates the war, he says “I died in hell”, this implies that the honorable death that the young men believed in, was actually an inglorious death for an empty cause.
Unfortunately, the ones suffering are not just the people at war, it is also their families. They go through the same bloody path as their loved ones. Every survivor is getting haunted by the burden of killing. In a short story “Stop the Sun,” by Gary Paulsen, a thirteen-year old boy named Terry, whose father has a psychological disorder known as the Vietnam Syndrome, wants to know why his father acts in such a weird way. Throughout the story, Terry understands that words can not show experiences; furthermore, he learns to accept people even if they have disorders.
The death of his mentor named Elias completely ends the remainder of the innocence that Chris once had, but additionally, he has become the reluctant to leave the war at the end of the film. Chris Taylor’s view of war is unrealistic, and stereotypical at the beginning of the film. The amount of inhuman events that he has faced is a representation of what war does to innocent people. From the beginning to the end, Chris Taylor had changed from an innocent young boy to the moment that he had no other option but to lose the innocence that was once given to him. Throughout the film, the author reveals Chris Taylor’s struggles and ultimate failure to restrain the loss of innocence; the author crafts Chris in such a way that he is continually stuck between the humanity and inhumanity side of him.
Owen was a soldier in World War I, and upon writing the poem, he was recovering from shell shock in a hospital bed (Trueman). Owen experienced the horrors and dangers of trench warfare first-hand during World War I. The author expresses these thoughts through the eyes of the narrator in the poem. Owen draws from his own personal experiences to recount what happens in battle, and the lack of humanity contained in war. Therefore, the narrator ends at the conclusion that no war is worth dying for, and society needs to stop glorifying slaughtering of others.
The effects of romanticized wars are seen throughout Slaughterhouse Five and All Quiet on the Western Front. The false visions of war that soldiers blindly go into mentally destroy them little by little. For the women and men back home, the families, their ideas of what their loved one is going through is constantly changing with the novels and movies romanticizing war and the war heroes. Kurt Vonnegut has said before that he believes civilization was terminated in World War I and that "Much of the blame is the malarkey that artist have created to glorify war, which we all know, is nonsense, and a good deal worse that that –romantic pictures of battle, and of the dead men in uniform and all that" (Vitale par. 4).
Full Metal Jacket portrays the journey of a group of marines during the Vietnam War as they endure boot camp before joining the warfront. Their intensely demoralizing drill Sergeant constantly insults and abuses them, leading one soldier, Private Pyle, to go into the bathroom one night, loads a gun, and kills both the Sergeant and himself. Soon after this, they are all shipped off to Vietnam. The focus then shifts towards on one marine in particular, a journalist, named P.T. Davis, who others refer to as "Joker."
One of the examples provided is Bear, a Vietnam War veteran. Bear remembers trauma he experienced during the war and this can cause him to lash out, sometimes even violently. “Any incompetence Bear encounters in civilian life arouses the same feelings of fear, rage, and grief. When he yanked his general supervisor at the post office...and screamed at him, he screamed the same words he screamed at his incompetent CO [...incompetent son of a bitch- lucky to alive..].” (Shay, pg. 5) In this situation Bear recalled the death of his comrades when his CO was incompetent, causing mixed feelings and a harsh reaction.
First and foremost, I would like to tell you a little bit of what my grandfather told me on his experience in the battlefield. He said it was a terrifying ordeal, and all you could see was people getting murdered, children, adults, babies it didn’t matter. He suffered from PTSD and night terrors because of what he had experienced in war. Sometimes he tells me “I can close my eyes and still see all the people screaming, men with limbs blown off of them, and innocent people getting shot right in front of me,” because of the stories he tells me I always never wanted to step foot into any war. Presumably, it would be a terrifying experience.
Throughout the story, the mask is revealed and the reader gets to see that what may look scary and evil, can be something very different on the inside. This story shows that the evil may be what you thought was the good, and what you thought was good was the evil. But, this also depends on the reader’s personal opinions, creating it a grey zone.The battle between good and evil also relates to our world today, outside of literature. As I stated in the above paragraph, the definition of good and evil is a brey zone; especially in the present state of the world. There are so many crazy things going on in this world that people do not understand.