This shows how war tears and breaks families apart. Splitting families apart is the final reason why war is futile. Although it is not clear which side the authors are on they ultimately argue that war is futile. In the novel My Brother Sam is Dead it shows many points that prove that war futile. One point is that it confuses people with reality and principle.
In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
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).
O'Brien explains how the war left him,“There was that coldness inside [him]. [He] wasn't [himself]. [He] felt hollow and dangerous” (197). The war changed his as a person, it took him and destroyed his innocence and left his a hollow and burdened man. Ernie Pyle in his essay “The Death of Captain Waskow” stated that “You don’t cover up dead men in the combat zone” (1).
Challenges at War Robert E. Lee once said, “What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors”. The novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien takes place in Vietnam. He and a handful of other men experience things only one can image and hope they will never have to experience again. They learn how death among them can greatly affect them, and many others. War is not an easy task to get through and these men all had different coping methods.
Especially when Willy becomes violent when things do not go his way. This is shown when Biff says to his mother “Because I know he’s a fake and he doesn’t like anybody around who knows!”(Act 1). Although tragedies with Shakespeare usually involves violence and murder. Miller follows this formula differently. The idea of not using physical violence to kill someone, but to kill someone with emotional violence as Willy does towards Biff is also a tremendous loss in the play.
However, the teacher was still not satisfied, saying all is vanity, "a chasing after the wind, there is nothing to be gained under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 4.9). Self-interest can lead to self-destruction especially when it is hurting others. Living in a capitalistic society this is something often seen and sadly many are immune to the pain they cause others, for example in September of 2011 the GOP presidential debate, CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer presented a hypothetical question about whether an uninsured 30-year-old working man in a coma should be treated. Congressman Ron Paul responded with “what he should do is whatever he wants to do and assume responsibility for himself, that 's what freedom is about. The follow up question was “are you saying that society should just let him die?” To which the crowd shouted
Toward the end of the novel, Carlson is very insensitive to the fact that George had to kill Lennie, and is still in shock. He says, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”(107). Carlson just doesn't understand what it's like to lose a strong relationship, because he never had one. Therefore, he is extremely insensitive to George. Another example is when Carlson wanted to shoot Candy’s dog.
This poem describes the soldiers personal perspectives of war using the bare naked truth, not glorifying it in anyway. The purpose of ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is to not embellish the truth of war, but to show how tragic and useless it is. ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ hints that it is “sweet and honourable” to be at war, encouraging soldiers to go, however, as the reader begins to read they find out that Owen is truly against war. Owen shows that the soldiers are ruined, both mentally and physically. Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ structure hints to the uncertainty of war.