Nobody knows how the enemy is going to react, nobody knows when danger will arise, soldiers do not know where they are, what will happen, what has happened, whether they are going home, and occasionally they do not even know what they are fighting for. Besides not knowing anything, countless people also disagree about what they do not know or about what they believe they do know, this creates even further chaos. This immense amount of chaos festers in the mind. The author decided to distribute the chaos in the book to form a truer war experience. The chaos that is distributed throughout the book is naturally not as upsetting, massive and powerful as in times of war, however, it does paint a better picture about the chaotic ambiance than non-ambiguous words ever could.
First and foremost, I would like to tell you a little bit of what my grandfather told me on his experience in the battlefield. He said it was a terrifying ordeal, and all you could see was people getting murdered, children, adults, babies it didn’t matter. He suffered from PTSD and night terrors because of what he had experienced in war. Sometimes he tells me “I can close my eyes and still see all the people screaming, men with limbs blown off of them, and innocent people getting shot right in front of me,” because of the stories he tells me I always never wanted to step foot into any war. Presumably, it would be a terrifying experience.
Throughout the book, Andy goes through many things in life such as his best friend, Robert Washington, dying in a tragic accident. His friend groaned, “Andy! Andy! Help me… Help me … Oh God, please don’t let me die like this! Andy!..” (Draper 12).
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.
The Big Brother is the most important figure of the book and this dystopia. He’s not a character, he’s an idea that tells everyone there’s no such thing as free will. So he is an imaginary being in an imaginary world. Orwell’s utopia is more of a warning message as there weren’t many surveillance cameras around (they were usually used in military bases) when it was written. I believe he wanted to show how these technologies can be abused and hurt everything that makes us human.
As mentioned and explained in the documentary about Don McCullin, he was shot in Cambodia when he was trying to capture photographs, with this Nikon blocking the bullet. This shows the physical pain he was in, as for an amount of time, he wasn’t able to continue photographing until he was properly healed. This shows how he would do anything, even if it meant that he would be in danger to get the photographs during the war in Cambodia. Kevin Carter faced the same pain as Don McCullin because he committed suicide at the age of 33, "I am haunted by the vivid memories of killing and corpses and anger and pain... of starving or wounded children" this not only shows that he face physical pain from committing suicide but also emotional traumas as he had images and memories of the things that happened throughout the years of him being a war photographer. Therefore, the amount of pain Don McCullin and Kevin Carter was in, proved that overcoming barriers and problems, increases possibilities in other people’s lives, as it gives them an insight of what happens in wars as well it allows them to learn to be appreciative over the things that others have done which made them know the things they know
His big brother’s death symbolizes one of the most traumatic events in Robert’s life that helps him wake up and realize the reality of life. At the end of the story Robert observes, “He is buried in the cemetery out back. Years have passed-we are living in the future, and it's turned out differently from what we'd planned” (Cunningham 242). After his brother’s death Robert is able to come to the conclusion that not everything is fun and games because every action has consequences. His big brother took many risks that eventually caught up with him, leading him to his death.
The stories had drastically different end results, characters, symbols, and plot; however, no matter the differences between a story, stories can still share the same message. In the story Freezing by Peter Stark, the character finds danger as his car no longer works and he needs to travel the 6 mile distance to his friends. Extreme hypothermia sets in and he battles to make it. His friends find him near death and he manages to become revived. In the story To Build a Fire by Jack London, the main character embarks through the Yukon with his dog to meet “the boys”, but ultimately dies as a result of many setbacks and mistakes including hypothermia and ignorance of instinct.
Fussell cited a newspaper story about a London man who killed himself out of concern that he might not be accepted for service in the Great War, and noted, “How can we forbear condescending to the eager lines at the recruiting stations or smiling at news like this.” But in the summer of 1968 Tim O’Brien, a twenty-one-year-old in a small Minnesota town, a liberal supporter of Eugene McCarthy and an opponent of the war in Vietnam, submitted himself for induction into the United States Army. O’Brien couldn’t bring himself “to upset a peculiar balance between the order I knew, the people I knew, and my own private world,” he wrote, in “If I Die in a Combat Zone,” his 1973 Vietnam memoir. “It was not just that I valued that order. I also feared its opposite—inevitable chaos, censure, embarrassment, the end of everything that had happened in my life, the end of it all.” Was O’Brien’s fear of dishonor entirely different from the impulse that drove a forty-nine-year-old man to throw himself under a van in
Fight Club 's Empowering Philosophy on Death and Loss Death and loss are problems that plague everyone and things that most people desperately try to avoid. Minimizing loss is a major focus for many people in life, and some would even argue that the inevitability of death makes life futile. However, Chuck Palahniuk 's Fight Club makes a point to teach how integral death and loss are in everyday lives, and how intrinsically they are linked with an individual 's change and development through their life. Death and loss are necessary evils in life that keep one from stagnating and inspire them to move forward; Fight Club wants to not only empower you to take hold of your own life and seize the day, but it wants you to see how important all
Concussions are always going to be a huge deal due to the fact on what they lead to, which is CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). In “Seau 's Suicide Helped To Make Concussions In Football A National Issue” David Greene provides a statistics on Junior Seau and what doctors found in his brain after he died: “And there was CTE - chronic brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head” (Greene). CTE is a disease that peopl obtain from multiple head traumas and Junior Seau played in the NFL for a long 20 seasons, ended up having CTE and doctors believe this lead to his suicide. In “Headbanger Nation” Jeffrey Kluger provides some very tragic information on college football player at penn state: ¨Owen Thomas committed suicide in april of 2010 and got examined by Boston College and he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is seen mostly in NFL players who have had many concussions Owen never had a concussion”(Kluger). Owen played years of football and never recorded a concussion but this goes to show they do not need to have a concussion to receive this disease people can get it from the thousands of blows they take while playing the sport.
First, their move to Colorado resulted in many sad events. Secondly, Ralph would experience many close calls with death. Lastly, go through many painful trials while in Colorado. The Moodys shouldn 't have moved because of the sad things they could have avoided. A few years after their move, Ralph 's dad bred one of their horses; on his way home the horse would stumble, trip, and fall into a ditch filled with barb wire, with Ralph 's
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War, written in 2012, Melinda L. Pash mentions the effect of the conflict on soldiers when they returned. Pash argues Americans were too busy with their lives to even care about the conflict or the soldiers that were gradually making their way back home. Pash acknowledges that even academic scholars had been reluctant to challenge the initial hot war of the Cold War. The historical significance is that these soldiers served their country receiving little acknowledgement for their services and accomplishments. The returning veterans of the Korean War faced a very different America than had the veterans of the two world wars.
The Tralfamadorians see time different than humans. They believe that all of time, past, present, and future, have always existed. Billy has relived his death over and over again, he even went as far as to record it, “I Billy Pilgrim will die, have died, and always will die on February thirteenth, 1976” Slaughterhouse-five (134). Billy does this with a sound mind, the Tralfamadorians taught him that when a person dies that person isn’t dead their still alive in the past, he thinks it’s silly to cry at a funeral. If being able to think normally makes a person sane is Billy not sane?
Furthermore, these Rangers hoped for missions and war, but nothing qualified for war, as they yearned for battle. During this scene in the book, I fully understood the fact that the Rangers were different from the Deltas. However, I completely disagree with the fact that coming out of high school and having a positive attitude, without having a real battle combat experience, is a great idea to pursue them and place them in war. Their emotions during a real battle could affect their performance, it happens to every soldier to feel fear, because the result is between life and death. On the other hand, this scene caused me confusion is the actions of the Rangers, that seems incompetent during a battle.