The risks of life, the bad living conditions, and killing people are all the things we may never need to face to. We may consider people who died in the war and fight for our own countries heroes. They are, but what is good for being a dead hero? The only thing can make us understand the war is the real war, but hopefully, war will not happen again. ★ ★ ★ ★ ╱ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
However very few of them actually “fight to the death”. The fact Beowulf actually does die shows how much more glorious and respected he should be opposed to our modern day heroes. Looking at our modern day heroes being in this position i felt they would have fled and attempted to recover to come back with a bigger blow. Our modern day heroes are more than capable of fighting to the death but more times than not, they fear death when it is staring them in the face and resort to
Billy, in his typical disoriented mode of detachment, doesn’t answer the doctor, but instead pulls from the seam of the tiny overcoat a large diamond and a partial denture he had found lodged there to show the German. Furthermore Billy is not portrayed as a courageous and brave hero of the war but on the contrary he becomes a synonym of weakness, laughter and an incapable soldier not even in control of his own fate however beside all this negative attributes Billy manages to survive where a lot of his war companions don’t, he manages to make it through one of the worst atrocities of the war, the Dresden firebombing, Billy even manages to survive a plane crash on top of Sugarbush Mountain, in Vermont after the war where lot of people died
Using both sarcasm and his hellish experience to criticize the fantasizing of war, Owen breaks down the common narrative of mankind’s ugliest features. It cannot be refuted that these depictions of war are anything but horrific and tragic, but with these awful consequences come a world of beauty. War is not about the men who die on the battlefield. Their sacrifices will be remembered throughout history, but they are not putting their life on the line so they can come home and have a hero’s welcome. They fight for the women and children they leave behind.
War is one of the most controversial and fascinating aspects of human life, which includes sacrifice, argument, and worst of all human death. The argument of war is whether or not the sacrifice of human life is necessary or not. The authors of My Brother Sam Is Dead are totally against war; they are neutral and they give Tim the same idea as them in the novel. They even show the irony and cruelty of war in the book by the punishing and ironic deaths of Ned, Sam, and Life. This novel is based in Redding, Conneticut during the time of the Revolutionary War.
The Germans found him to be one of the most screamingly funny things they had seen in all of World War II. They laughed and laughed.” (Vonnegut, 90) Kurt includes this dark humor to contradict the importance of war and emphasize the absurdness of how war really is. How Billy Pilgrim is completely unbothered by the clothes he is given to wear and clueless as to why the German soldiers are laughing mocks the seriousness of war itself. War is seen as a prideful journey that soldiers endure and Vonnegut creates these implications to add an embarrassing humor. This shows Vonnegut’s intentions of showing how war is not all that it seems and how it breaks down a person’s self-esteem and
What was confusing in his confession was that he never admitted that he was in charge and he was responsible for war crimes. He quoted General Curtis Le May telling him that if they lost the war they would have been both judged for war crimes they committed. He also questioned, what is the difference between the war crime offender who won a war and who lost a war? In that unanswered question, one could find moral regret for what McNamara was part. Even more, his voice struggles with horrible facts
This can be clearly seen in Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est,” written in 1917 as the author was serving in combat (Owen). The very title of this poem is ironic: the scenes that Owen describes are anything but “sweet and honorable;” the soldiers he portrays are not valiant heroes, but tired men worn down by endless fighting (Owen). Moreover, the author asserts that if others could experience, even in their dreams, the traumatic sights and experiences that he encountered in combat, they would not be so eager to send their children to fight in wars (Owen). The poet feels that he and millions of others were misled; the beliefs about warfare that they were taught from a young age were nothing but lie when compared to the reality of life in the trenches, where the war scarred the mind deeply as the
Kurt Vonnegut’s classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five is a semi-autobiographical story about the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The novel follows Billy Pilgrim, an American prisoner of war, as he travels through time experiencing events before, during, and after the bombing. The writing style is odd because the author struggled writing directly about such a tragic event with such high death tolls. Throughout the novel, Kurt Vonnegut openly bends, breaks, and ignores the conventional rules of storytelling. Kurt Vonnegut narrates the novel with no delineation between himself and Billy Pilgrim.
He better showed the cold, cruel side of war that other authors looked past. Throughout the story the main character dreams of instances where him and the army he fought for would triumph as heroes and the world would know of their bravery. In reality, as Crane shows, war is still cruel and filled with death.
All quite in the western front was a very good war book. For people like me who have never experienced the horrors of being in battle during war, this book painted a good picture of what it was like being in battle. The emotional trauma that these men had to endure, words cannot express what they must have been through. The book All quite in the western front had many traits that it expressed in it such as loss, despair, and alienation. Many would agree that this book expressed the trait of loss in this book many times; however, this book portrayed loss not only in death, but also innocents, and how the characters have changed.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars go into representing the value of a human life. The government continuously hands money to civilians who lost a loved one and struggle to maintain a lifestyle. Putting a dollar value on human life is without a doubt inhumane, but valuing life as much as possible is the most important aspect to discovering human value. Reading an interview titled, “Roger Ebert: The Essential Man [Excerpts]” by Chris Jones, I came to an appalling but realistic conclusion that sickness changes the way a person values life. Ebert, in the interview states, “I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find out.” He got incredibly sick and was on the verge of death and had finally realized how precious life and happiness was (paragraph 34).
Eliezer is painfully honest. He reveals how much the concentration camp had changed him. Wiesel emphasizes the point that the holocaust impacted others to the point where they were content with death. He wanted others to know that no one should ever have to endure a terrifying situation like the holocaust or even have the thought about choosing death instead of living. World War II affected Wiesel immensely, where he thought that surrendering his life is the only option left since he was tired from all the hardships that the Nazis inflicted on the him and the Jews.
Kurt Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army at the time of World War II. He was captured as a prisoner of war where he received much of his literary inspiration for Slaughterhouse-Five. The anti war theme throughout the book is touched on and also rebutted when Vonnegut states, “there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers” (Vonnegut 4). Vonnegut knows he is writing an anti war book but also is aware that wars cannot altogether be halted he is only trying to relay the horrors of war. The number of innocent victims killed by the bombing is alarming and Vonnegut keeping with his anti war theme made it a point to center his novel around the Dresden bombing which increased knowledge of what the historical city Dresden once was.
But if he stays he is doomed to go to war and maybe die. Either decision O’Brien makes will impact his living for the rest of his life. In the end O’Brien goes to war but calls himself a “coward” (pg. 55). What O’Brien did, is what most people consider brave going to war “defending” your country however O’Brien considers that maybe fleeing would be even