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. The character of Lavender serves to represent the desire to keep away from war, and when he died, so did that desire for peacefulness. The soldiers were no longer “mellow”—they no longer restrained their unbridled hatred and the full destruction of
Imagine a situation where an individual is forced to make a decisive decision to protect one’s life from potential death. To what extent will the individual go to protect one’s life? Is there even a certainty that their life is in danger? In the short story, “On the Rainy River”, Tim O’Brien suggests that when an individual is forced to face the element of uncertainty within their futures, their imagining of such futures, driven by emotions to fight or flee, results in the creation of positive and negative futures. The conception of such futures leads to an internal moral conflict where one compares and weighs the consequences of their depicted futures.
I agree that the conflict between Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen alludes to future conflict between soldiers; however, I believe this conflict also reveals the degraded mindframe that these soldiers endured during the war. Like you pointed out, Jensen becomes wildly unstable after the fight. O’Brien even claims that, “The distinction between good guys and bad guys disappeared for him” (63). Jensen believed he couldn’t even trust his own ally. He would have restless nights and would break down, all because he believed Strunk would kill him over a measly broken nose.
(Shelley 56). This is the reason that Victor did not realize he had gone too far until it was too late. Once victor brings the creature to life, he immediately realizes the hideousness of what he has done: “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley 56). Furthermore, Victor struggles to cope with his creation throughout the novel.
Upon Odysseus’s arrival back at home it is likely he may have developed PTSD. PTSD is a tragic disease one may develop after being in a harsh, combat situation, experiencing trauma such as sexual assault or rape, and even from having a child. The Odyssey is an example of a harsh, combat situation which sets the cause for a character in the story to develop the condition. After encountering grueling and brutal battles some may even consider it highly likely. During Odysseus’s trip tragic situations occurred where Odysseus tried to help but unfortunately he saw many of his men die.
Expressing this strong feeling of betrayal through the character of Paul, Remarque strove to avenge the futile deaths of many in his generation by revealing the figures which persuaded them to engage in war and present audiences with insight into the true unglamourous nature of war. Additionally, during Remarque’s traumatic experiences fighting on the western front, he was strongly affected by the loss of a close comrade, who he rescued by carrying out of a fire only to witness his death, a situation eerily similar to the death of beloved anti-hero Kat, which had a profound negative impact on Paul Baumer. In the novel, in the midst of futile violence Paul’s fatherly figure and comrade Kat is shot in the shin and while desperately carrying him to receive medical attention, a fatal wound to his skull goes unnoticed by Paul. Remorse and emptiness overcomes Paul, even as orderlies are mystified by the strong emotion he could feel towards a comrade Paul contemplates in his mind, “Do I walk? Have I feet
He constantly thought of The Bird and his inhumane treatments towards Louie. The Bird was haunting him in his dreams. Louie would regularly wake up screaming and was scared to go to sleep. Louie’s friends and family could see a dramatic change from the boy who ran the Olympics to the man physically and mentally destroyed by the war. A friend of Louie’s, Payton Jordan explained “It was like he got hit real and he was trying to shake it off”
Throughout the book, many times adjectives such as “gruesome”, “brutal” and “traumatizing” come to mind as I read about the soldiers’ deaths. It is common to picture a fighter coming out of war strong and proud of his or her actions; O’Brien’s stories showcase a contrasting emotional version. He has given me a shocking view of the war where soldiers are not happily joining the
The inconceivable is the thought of one participating in a physical activity in which they know is extremely harmful to his or her body and health. As Americans, we subconsciously support these activities both emotionally and financially. Admit it or not, sports that children play starting at age three can be rough and intense. Whether the sport may be baseball, football, soccer, cheerleading, basketball, track, volleyball, tennis, or softball does not matter, they are all activities that require strong physicality. Among these physical sports, football requires the most physical contact.