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). Vonnegut points out the severity of what happens when war is romanticized. Slaughterhouse Five depicts the fantasy of war compared to the reality of it; the gruesome scenes show the reality of war, all the while, showing how easy it is for men and women to believe war is a glorious battle for honor when in reality, it is a living hell.
Speech Sounds 1) Summary A mysterious disease has swept across the nation and deprived many of their abilities of communication; speeches, literacy, as well as the lives of numerous people were lost. Rye, after the death of her family to the disease, was making a trip to Pasadena out of loneliness and desperation in search of her remaining relatives. While riding on the bus Rye encountered Obsidian, a man dressed in police uniform trying to restore peace in a society where miscommunication led to violence and government was obsolete.
While the ones who survived suffered and their lives became more difficult. Even though someone may have survived the atomic bombing they would have to live with the consequences of it for the rest of their lives, whether it be physical or emotional. Many employers were reluctant to hire people with A-bomb (atomic bomb) sickness (radiation) in the years after the war, and as a result, Nakamura-san (Mrs. Nakamura) faced tremendous poverty and difficulty for a long time showing the negativity and difficulties brought onto innocent Japanese by the abrasive
They saw each other as friends but also as team mates. Norman Bowker was an emotional man who is self- loathing and held so much guilt after the death of Kiowa. Bowker never really knew what to do with his life after the war and turned to O’Brian to tell his story for him. O’Brian felt a bit of pity for the man when he killed himself in a YMCA locker room one afternoon.(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.”
The technology situation was a large operational problem, as well. While the Union was able to restock their supplies and replace their casualties, it was still alarming how many lives they were losing from the changes in technological advances. They were able to adapt to this issue but creating trenches. However, trench warfare had its own operational
Also in the line “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud.” Using this comparison, Owen is able to show how cruel the war was by comparing it to a life threatening disease such as cancer. Cud is grass chewed up by animals when feeding. Owen compares the war to something that is bitter and unpleasant, he does this to break the misconception that war is an honorable experience. Owen uses figurative language to convey the cruelty of
any of the soldiers he talked to, “were not thrilled by his stories.” The lies he told set him back mentally as well as physically, as he “acquired the nausea in regard to experience that is the result of untruth or exaggeration.” Before the war that are hints of normality and unity between Krebs and his mates, “There is a picture which shows him among his fraternity brothers, all of them wearing exactly the same height and style collar.” The
By 1975 the Vietnam war had claimed over 5 million lives, many of which were civilians. This has made it a war that Americans have been ashamed of and tried to forget. W. S. Merwin was outspoken on how he felt about war, which he shows in “The Asians Dying.” He makes a statement on the inhumane way the Vietnam war took human lives. ” The Asians Dying” will shock readers with its gruesome imagery and force them to look at what war does.
The reason why the definition of losing humanity is so wildly ranged is because losing humanity means losing oneself. A person slowly begins to forget who they are and what they believe in. We saw this with a SS soldier and how he was raised in a way not to degrade people, but followed society and murdered hundreds of innocent people. It can now be seen among the prisoners, as they forget what it is like to be treated as an individual as they are “deprived of everyone he loves, and at the same time his house, habits, his clothes, in short, of everything he possesses: he will be a hollow man, reduced to suffering and needs, forgetful of dignity and restraint, for he who loses all often loses himself.” (If this is a Man, 33).
Louie went from the back of the pack in the Olympics to the first American to finish which deserves respect how he kept on persevering even though most people thought he wasn’t going to make it. He survived for forty-seven days on a raft he survived by knowing what to do. He has also survived through a prisoner of war camp where he was brutally beaten and was forced to do things that most people wouldn’t make it through. Louie was also offered a deal to talk bad about America and not go back to the prisoner of war camp he declined. Louie was very admirable declining the deal even though he knew he would have to go back where he would be hurt and have to do many more things forcefully.
The Vietnam conflict impacted veterans in a variety of ways. Most combat soldiers witnessed violence and lost friends to the horrors of war. John was no exception, throughout the war he witnessed many gruesome events which not only changed his thinking but left him scarred years after the war. Kathy had a firsthand account of this when he had nightmares, “I remember Kathy telling me how he’d wake up screaming sometimes. Foul language, which I won 't repeat.
The Sierra Leonean Civil War had a very negative effect on Beah. Ishmael Beah lost his brother, his mother, his father, his friends, his uncle, his belongings, and his mentality. This theme is important because it shows the consequences of war. It changed who Beah was. Before the war, Beah was an ordinary African school boy who after school played with his little brother, Junior.
There were too many disadvantages such as: many soldiers got sick and died, it made people depressed and angry, and there were extremely bad conditions and illnesses. One of the reasons why I would have left is the bad conditions and the illnesses. The huts they lived in at Valley Forge were small with no ventilation and many men had to sleep in one, which didn’t leave a lot of room. The lack of ventilation caused the skin and eyes to
During the Battle of the Bulge, soldiers fought in “grueling physical and psychological conditions” that led to persistent struggles after the war with remembering these conditions (Intro: Battle of the Bulge). Many veterans refer to the immediate effects of returning as the “shock of peace” (Childers). However, despite these widespread mental health problems, there were few psychiatrists to treat these soldiers as well as a “cultural ethos” that discouraged discussing emotions, especially among men (Childers). When soldiers returned home, they often had difficulty with finances.