“My Son the Marine” by Frank Schaeffer and John Schaeffer gives us a look into the life of a mother and father; and their feelings toward their son enlisting into the Marine corp. John had aspirations of joining the military to serve his country. He had spoken to recruiters from the Army, Air force, and the Navy but had yet spoken to the Marine Corp. John was taken by the appearance of the two Marines that visited his home. After he spoke with the Marines he decided that if he was going to join the military he would definitely join the Marine Corps. In the story, Frank and Genie are John’s parents and are confused and concerned about their son wanting to enlist in the military. John spoke with recruiters from all the branches of service except …show more content…
He buys a book by Thomas E. Ricks called Making the Corps; it’s a day by day account of the Marine basic training which he follows daily. Frank thought was “Did he have it in him to become a Marine?”(554) He knew that his son’s idea of a good time was to sit in front of the fireplace and rereading his favorite books. Franks worst fear would be that his son would fail and not accomplish his dream of becoming a Marine. That fear was short lived and his son had graduated from basic training and became a Marine. He was very proud of his son becoming a Marine he knew that they had a purpose and it was “the defense of our country and the loyalty to the Corps.”(554) Two year later his son was selected to represent his platoon as “Marine of the Quarter”(554) an honor for any Marine; the date was September 10, 2001. On September 11, 2001 the towers came down in New York City as the world watch. Frank was afraid for his son and just wanted “to hold onto his son for dear life.”(554) John reassured his father and told him” All you have to do with yourself is worry.”(554) Frank knew his son had a job to do and was frustrated that he could do nothing. He watched on television as first responders and military personnel tried to find survivors. He felt proud of his son for being in the military and could look the other “men and women in uniform in the eye”(554) because his son
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For a thirteen-year-old boy it was even more dangerous and difficult to survive not only because of the enemies and the fact that he didn’t have his parents but also because he had to hunt for his own food. Despite of all these challenges he even takes on the mission to find his parents. He succeeds in finding his parents and then decides to join the war fighting for the American independence. Cited
At this point of the memoir, Frank is confused about how he should act towards his father because he remembers the time that his father actually acted like a father and not a drunk (Shannon). In chapter eight, Frank compares his father to the Holy Trinity by describing the three different people he sees in his father. He separates his father from being a “parental figure” for him and being an alcoholic. Frank appreciates the good times that he spent with his father and cherishes their memories together but he knows that his father is too irresponsible to count on for anything (Gale).
In the memoir A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo, Caputo enlists in the United States Marine Corps after he graduates college in the hopes to end his dreary days of comfort living in a small, suburban town in Westchester, Illinois. Growing up in the secure, comfortable, and peaceful environment his whole adolescence, Caputo hungered for danger, challenges and violence. He was eager to prove to the others around him of the fact indeed he was coming into his independent manhood, as well as the confidence about that the war should not last so long. War is always attractive to those who knows nothing about it. Due to John F. Kennedy who awakened missionary idealism among the youthful innocent Americans, the war in their minds were full of illusions
Going through childhood, he is beginning to gain reasoning and understanding of his situation of poverty. Frank begins to see a common trend in dying for a cause while he grows in the Catholic Church and dealing with his family. “The master says it’s a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it’s a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would like us to live” (McCourt 113). For Frank, this is a perplexing idea since many of his siblings died before they could even die for anything, yet there are so many adults who are still living and have yet to die for a cause (113).
As young children this stuck with them for a while. According to Dr. primm PTSD isn't just from war. In this case that is correct. Frank money is affected throughout the book because of what he seen that day. After franks gets in the fight he feels wild and joyful.
Another vital impact upon a soldier’s sanity is witnessing his comrade’s die. On the front, a soldier develops a connection with his comrades that can be closer than any intimate relationship. These relationships, along with the
Veterans who come back from war have trouble with feeling guilty from what they’ve seen happen and what they had to do. In war, guilt has detrimental effects on many of the soldiers even driving Norman Bowker to suicide. Tim O’Brien struggles to tell certain stories because of the effect guilt have on him and he says “Even now, I'll admit, the story makes me squirm. For more than twenty years
Finny is a person who you can get along with easily, so if he ever joined the war, he would interact with the opposing team, which he would cause confusion, and eventually become the enemy. Finny doesn’t have natural boundaries and how he seems to be neutral when comes to taking sides. “If he ever attacked at all: if he was indeed the enemy” (Knowles 204). Gene is suggesting that wars start in individuals and then gradually build to larger wars, where innocent people are killed. Mr. Hadley says that the war will leave a person with memories and he wants the boys to make a choice based on memories.
I have wanted to be a marine biologist since I was in kindergarten. I grew up being around the water with a beach house on the cape and since age eight, I have competed on a swim team. I am now a lifeguard, swim instructor, and an assistant swim coach. My freshman year I thought I had everything planned out for college. I knew where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do.
Now this man's family was huge and my family is huge so that's how i relate to him. His family supported slavery so when the Civil War happened, Frank went and signed up for the Confederate soldier he was only 18 years old. His way of killing was a newer way it was called guerrilla warfare. He would surprise his enemy’s, coming out of nowhere and killing them, I don’t know if that's just me but that is awesome.
I live a life of considerable privilege. I am a white, upper middle class, straight, young adult, living a comfortable life. I have learned to recognize these facts, and thought I understood the meaning of my privilege; until I read this novel. The Other Wes Moore gave me a new perspective on the meaning of ‘privilege,’ and how it affects the workings of our society. This novel really opened my eyes to some of the troubles in this world, and how everyone has a story that isn’t seen on the surface.
Even though their wars were about 60 years apart, both Paul and Jimmy Cross had to psychological scars from their experiences at war. Not even the deadliest weapons could save both soldiers from the devastating mental scars the war leaves on them. Both, “The Things They Carried,” and All Quiet on the Western Front illustrated the aspects of war that lead to post traumatic stress disorder, that many soldiers still experience today. Sometimes there is no choice of the weapons a soldier is given to fight with, but the mental toleration of the horrors of war can be obtained by
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
My son. Came back to us”(27). As noted, just in these few words you can understand the loyalty and faithfulness to his son despite knowing he 's not a great guy. Accordingly, his grandson Davy makes the connection that proves he knows his son Frank is guilty. “It was the second time I had heard my grandfather say something about my uncle and Indian girls”(63).
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, is an emotion provoking collection of short stories about the Vietnam War. One story “Speaking of Courage” is a post-war story about Norman Bowker, who was a member of the Alpha Team, and him struggling to cope with what had happened in Vietnam, while looping around a lake in his hometown. The next story of the cycle, “Notes”, is written by Tim O’Brien (the character) in the first person as a footnote or background about why “Speaking of Courage” was written and what happened to Norman Bowker. We learn that he sends a letter to Tim O’Brien to request a story written about his struggle to cope with the past and the death of Kiowa. The letter that Norman Bowker sends to Tim O’Brien was a plea for help from