Emotional death is the absence of feeling, which mainly occurs during war after one has been so painstakingly injured and suffered immensely that the only way to survive is to rid themselves of any emotional ties. The “death” explains the perception and realization of survival throughout war. In the novel Night, Elie explains the feeling of emotional death, “One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me” (115).
He also shows he unable to take care of his men because “he loved [Martha] more than … his men” (953). As shown when Lavender dies when Jimmy was day dreaming about Martha. Lavender death cause Jimmy to resolve his internal conflict and “burned Martha’s letters” (961) and remove Martha from his thoughts. Jimmy blames himself for Lavender’s death and was a consequence for loving “Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead” (958). Which then cause Jimmy to take responsibility for Lavender’s death become a better leader.
Through Richard Morrison in Stephen King’s short story “Quitters, Inc.” it shows that love is stronger than any addiction. Morrison tells his wife, Cindy, that he is kicking the habit of smoking for her and their son, Alvin. When he learns that Quitters Inc.’s punishment involves his family; “How horrible would it be for the boy. He wouldn't understand it even if someone explained. He’ll only know someone is hurting him because Daddy was bad.
Similarly, lice and glum are used to describe the conditions of the trenches/front in "All Quiet on the Western Front". Remarque shows the trenches as hell for the soldiers, especially Paul and his comrades. The extent is more severe in "Suicide in the Trenches", because the soldier boy ends up committing suicide, hence the title. However,
Theodore Roethke’s “Elegy for Jane” (1953) and Richard Willbur’s “The Pardon” (1950) accurately present the theme of death. In particular, on the one hand, Theodore Roethke’s “Elegy for Jane” offers an insight into the speaker’s memories for one of his students, who died, through the use of a melancholic tone, vivid imagery and figures of speech. On the other hand, Richard Willbur’s “Τhe Pardon” draws our attention to a young boy, who is traumatized by the death of his dog and his inability to confront death later in his life, through the creation of a frightening tone and the use of poetic imagery and figures of speech, as my analysis aims to show. The tone that prevails in “Elegy for Jane” by Theodore Roethke is melancholic.
The book The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal is about a Jew in a concentration camp in the height of World War II in Germany. One day when he is working in a hospital, Simon is asked to forgive a dying Nazi soldier, Karl. He is faced with a dilemma that everyone has to encounter at some point in their life, but this is different than forgiving a family member for lying to you. Simon has to decide right then whether or not to forgive a murderer of many innocent Jews. Simon Wiesenthal wrote this book because he wanted to reach out and find closure for his actions.
Avygayle Titco English V01B Professor Carlander 02/07/18 Losing a Grip on Life Tim O’Brien’s short story, The Things They Carried, isn’t just any typical war story. He views the perspective of a soldiers eye and the intangible and tangible items they carry along the journey. Through the use of depicted details, it helps the readers feel like they are part of the battlefield. We feel like we’ve known these characters by the way O’Brien describes them with the personal items they carry.
Whitman is able to put so much emotion and imagery into a few short stanzas. In this poem Whitman shows many different images of pain and suffering. Of the horrors that went on during the bloody Civil War. It shows a young soldier marching with his unit when they come across an old Church turned field hospital.
How is war represented in ‘Suicide in the trenches’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’? ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is a poem written by Wilfred Owen between the years 1917 and 1918. It describes the life on the battlefield and how it impacted the life of the soldiers. Owen most likely used his first hand experiences from when he was a soldier in World War 1. This poem describes the soldiers personal perspectives of war using the bare naked truth, not glorifying it in anyway.
During the civil war many soldiers had to leave their loved ones behind while they went out and fought for their country. In the book Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier a young man named Inman finds himself in this very predicament. Somehow Inman gets horribly injured in the midst of the war. Causing him to be sent to a hospital to be treated for his wounds. There at the hospital Inman realises that he should return home to Ada, the woman he loves.
In Tim O’Brien’s story “Notes,” he discusses his fellow soldier “Norman Bowker […] [who hung] himself in the locker room of the YMCA” (149). Bowker symbolizes the pain that many veterans experienced, and how they sadly found their only escape through suicide. Yet, veterans potentially could have survived and even thrived if they had access to resources such as therapy, psychiatrists, and psychologists. When organizations supporting the idea that veterans should have opportunity to obtain these assets proposed this concept to The House Committee members, “members repeatedly balked at the notion that Vietnam Veterans required special counseling programs to help readjust” (Scott 38).
Joseph Wright of Derby’s painting displays as an artistic response to war primarily because it is a representation of all the soldiers who have died fighting for their country. It illustrates how so many of the soldiers had families of their own and how they were left to grieve with small children. The painting is centered over a family who is distraught next to the dead soldier. The soldier is wearing a red coat, which signifies that this is a depiction of a British soldier in the American Revolution. The fallen soldier face is not shown in this painting because it is meant to embody all the soldiers that have died during the war and the ones that will one-day fall victim to it.
Over all, this story allows us to observe changes within the mentalities of army officers. First, the trauma of living in a war zone can add a significant amount of intangible weight into someone’s life. In “The Things They Carried,” we discover that Cross’s men “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die (443).” Given that the majority of humans have experienced some form of trauma, we can understand how some men were driven to suicide and others into
Vietnam War Do you like war stories with lots of action packed into one single book? Well then, this essay that talks about the book, is right for you. In the book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien it talks about some of the issues that the soldiers have while in the Vietnam war and how soldiers deal with the risks and losses that come with being a soldier in the war. Kiowa dies and everyone is sad about the whole situation.