Once at the military barracks he is still determined to not lose himself and his morals and therefore is often getting himself and the other young soldiers into trouble, “Kammel wants you to run round the shithouse” (40). Kotze slowly but surely breaks Campbell down until his only instinct is to survive and get out of this war alive, “within myself I’ve got principles… but like here we’ve just got to survive” (61). Campbell by the end of the play is so psychologically damaged by the war and the military training that eventually he betrays himself and shoots the already injured Black
. .” (15) As soon as Lavender falls, they all seem to go berserk. It almost seems that, due to his death, Lavender’s comrades are moved with intense sadness and rage, causing them to wreck havoc across Vietnam. This would be a completely response for any soldier—but it’s not the text’s deepest meaning. If readers take one step further, they might discover that the driving cause of these postmortem actions was not Lavender’s death.
After Rwanda and seeing so many people die, Dallaire is no longer who he used to be which slowly destroys his home and work environment. Joseph and Dallaire have both lost their ability to be normal due to the gruesomeness of war. War inevitably brings loss from all angles. There are an infinite number of things war does to a person, country, or soldier. When soldiers go back home, if they make it home, they’re still haunted by regret, guilt, and depression.
They always mentioned the awful things about the war, “Things was awful bad with so many kilt and others froze.” (Hunt, 51) Some acted as if they were forced into the war. They weren’t. They chose to be in the war. The letters in Across Five Aprils weren’t real, but there were letters that were similar, that are real... Secondly, the author included so much detail in the book. The generals in the war switched.
In Beowulf, it says “their ears could not hear his praise nor know his glory,” this is a connection to God in this epic, but in modern society, people with anxiety don’t hear praise they receive from others because they don’t believe it (lines 97-98). Grendel can’t help who his ancestors are, but he can help himself instead of living down to their expectations. In The Monster Called Anxiety, it says “The inside of my head is a loud place. Something is constantly bouncing around. I think about things I said or did years ago, about how ‘stupid’ I was,/ Anxiety makes me a difficult person to be friends with” (Ann).
One reason others feel differently is because of the unsightly part of humanity. For example, in the beginning of the Crucible, Miller explains how Parris “cut a villainous path” to become reverend and how “there is very little good to be said for him” (1100). People similar to Parris exist everywhere which roots the argument of inner conflict constantly tieing with humanity. However, one couldn’t openly act in such a way, it would ruin an important reputation in society. In fact, Joseph McCarthy himself suffered this consequence: “It was his clash with the Army that would lead to his downfall” (Robert 3).
His father was not the best, and has also been accused of beating Ramirez and the rest of the family. The fact that his Green Beret cousin showed him horrid pictures from his time in Vietnam surly did not help the circumstances either. He learned from both “men” how to be a man, which ultimately ended up making him a psychotic serial killer. He was made into something that he may not have been had he not been seeking approval from these men. The social learning theory states that people learn from one another, via observation, imitation, and modeling.
There are many things in this world these days that are entirely unethical and have strayed so far off course that they are just unbelievable. The US military is a prime example of and idea getting derailed and turned so in humane. Many soldiers and recruits in the US military are brutally assaulted by their superiors or other colleagues. Evidence has shown that a multitude of recruits have dropped out over the past 20 years, with each year gaining in drop-outs. The US military is no longer about fighting for freedom, and the fact that many young men are losing their lives over a false cause every year needs to be attended to.
Elizabeth criticizes the Imagery and Characterization of Passos “Three Soldiers”. She feels that in the novel he does not provide enough details and insight into how the soldiers are feeling. He states that the soldiers hate the war but never says why. I do agree with the criticism because he does not really explain a lot about how or why they hate the war and it makes it harder for the audience to get the full effect of the book. “It’s almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you” (Passos).