In the book Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers tells the story of soldiers who struggles with a problem involving what is right and wrong in war. Fallen Angels set in Vietnam during the Vietnam war, the story introduces the main character Perry, who faces obstacles, including death and killing. The author’s use of literary devices, specifically imagery, irony, and metaphors convey the theme warfare often forces soldiers to reconsider their traditional notions of right and wrong.
To sum it all up Pat Tillman showed a lot of different characteristics. He was liked by many people and never let anyone tell him he can not do something. He was always a leader, and never a follower. Tillman had a selfless conscience, modest attitude, and determined mind set throughout his life. Pat Tillman will always be remembered for his duty and sacrifice to our
In the book Where Men Win Glory, Pat Tillman had an inherent sense of goodness. He was an expert football player that gave up his career to join the army. He had many reasons why he decided to dedicate himself to the protection of our country. He was always trying to better himself—intellectually, morally, and physically (p 98). He had an inherent sense that he could improve himself and be good but then even get better. He felt that if he stopped seeking out challenges he would lose his edge (p 78). In my post of July 14 I said that Pat Tillman, “had an incredible sense of who he was. He didn’t need to hide much, or pretend to be something that he wasn’t.” He had compassion and the strength in character to challenge himself and be
David McLean’s short story “Marine Corps Issue” includes a beautifully vivid scene of Sergeant Bowen, the narrator Johnny’s father, “sitting on the edge of our elevated garden, black ashes from a distant fire falling lightly like snow around him” (620). While this scene is powerful by itself, it can be appreciated even more by understanding the symbolism and allusions embedded in it, as well as the psychological state of the father as he sits “on the edge of the garden with his head down and his eyes closed as if in prayer” (634). This is why McLean’s readers should use literary criticism: it enhances their appreciation for the story’s impact.
War is a harsh reality that is inflicted upon the unwilling through the “need” of it’s predecessors and those whom wish it. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about 19 year old Paul and his friends in the “Second Company”. Even though they are just out of school age, they have already seen things that many could not bear to even think about. Eventually, all of his friends die, and even Paul too, dies. Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson.
“The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, brings to light the psychological impact of what soldiers go through during times of war. We learn that the effects of traumatic events weigh heavier on the minds of men than all of the provisions and equipment they shouldered. Wartime truly tests the human body and and mind, to the point where some men return home completely destroyed. Some soldiers have been driven to the point of mentally altering reality in order to survive day to day. An indefinite number of men became numb to the deaths of their comrades, and yet secretly desired to die and bring a conclusion to their misery. Over all, this story allows us to observe changes within the mentalities of army officers.
This chapter “The Ghost Soldiers”, showed us how Tim O’Brien and the other soldiers were dealing with the war both physically and psychologically. It also shows us how the Tim O'Brien behaved and felt when he was shot, wounded and had a bacteria infection on his butt and how the war changed the way he thought, and viewed the other soldiers around him.
Throughout “The Great Game”, the author Caroline Alexander, uses many descriptive and attentive words and pictures to express the appreciative, but thoughtful tone. Alexander has thought about and researched this topic very in depth and is proving that through her tone by giving extra research to prove how much she values this material. She uses heaps of background information such as: “The cult of British athleticism, on the other hand, was about playing games” (Alexander 662), to lead up to her argument of how war is a sport. Alexander is also very appreciative of what the soldiers have done for their country and is not taking them for granted for the work and blood they have sacrificed.
Millions of people have gone through life-altering experiences in their time in World War I. In Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Bäumer, a 19-year-old German soldier, narrates his personal memoirs of this war. He describes the mental change and suffering he goes through as he is forced to mature from a young boy to a soldier in order to survive, leaving him permanently scarred from the throes of war. By employing juxtaposition to contrast Paul’s mindset, before and after the war, Remarque demonstrates how the mental health of the World War I soldiers is damaged because of the abrupt loss of their youth, leaving them in a state of survival and mental instability.
Hidden somewhere within the blurred lines of fiction and reality, lies a great war story trapped in the mind of a veteran. On a day to day basis, most are not willing to murder someone, but in the Vietnam War, America’s youth population was forced to after being pulled in by the draft. Author Tim O’Brien expertly blends the lines between fiction, reality, and their effects on psychological viewpoints in the series of short stories embedded within his novel, The Things They Carried. He forces the reader to rethink the purpose of storytelling and breaks down not only what it means to be human, but how mortality and experience influence the way we see our world. In general, he attempts to question why we choose to tell the stories in the way we
Through centuries of great wars and battles, history has displayed brave men and women who have fought for their countries. These audacious people have helped propel countries for the greater good. However, the weight and responsibility, of the war, takes a heavy toll on soldiers that is often overlooked. Tim O’Brien, author of the novel The Things They Carried, records his stories, and the stories of his fellow soldiers during the war. However, three of these soldiers are affected in an outlandish way. The lives of soldiers, Norman Bowker and Curt Lemon, illustrate how the war pressures the human spirit to a standard it can’t resemble.
Throughout the novel, “Where Men Win Glory”, the reader learns about the life and trajectory of Pat Tillman, a hardworking and sacrificial American who gave up his sport career and followed what his heart was directing him to do. While all people seem to get consumed with materialism, fame, and image, Pat Tillman remained a true American role model who was selfless, committed, inspiring, and a modest person. Pat Tillman’s character and achievements were above any other soldier which was extremely outstanding.
In Conclusion Pat Tillman was, loyal, modest and had a strong work ethic, he showed this qualities every single day of his life like when he decided to list for the army instead of signing a millionaire football contract. All the qualities that describe Pat Tillman, define in only one word, sacrifice; sacrifice according to the dictionary is the act of giving up something you want for something you feel you should do. Tillman showed sacrifice every day of his
America’s war heroes all have the same stories to tell but different tales. Prescribed with the same coloring page to fill in, and use their methods and colors to bring the image to life. This is the writing style and tactic used by Tim O’Brien in his novel, “The Things They Carried”. Steven Kaplan’s short story criticism, The Undying Certainty of the Narrator in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, provides the audience with an understanding of O’Brien’s techniques used to share “true war” stories of the Vietnam War. Kaplan explains the multitude of stories shared in each of the individual characters, narration and concepts derived from their personal experiences while serving active combat duty during the Vietnam War,
Men have seemingly been the dominant force when it comes to jobs. However, in 1861, specific gender roles for men and women diminished due to the Civil War. As males traveled to the battlefront, women undertook masculine roles in order for society to continually thrive. Charles Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain, includes the tales women and men during the Civil War era, along with how the society's viewpoint evolved throughout the years.