He places the lives of his men in danger because he values rank more than his men, and when it becomes apparent that his men can not win he declares, “If those little sweethearts won’t face German bullets, they’ll face French ones”(2). At the loss of the battle, General Mireau places the loss of the battle on his soldiers, calling them cowards. To save his own hide, he allows three innocent men to be tried, convicted, and shot for the sake of his perceived glory. Of all the characters, that which displays the most cowardice in their path to glory, is Lieutenant Roget. Not only does he run from the enemy, but when it comes time to choose which of his men are to die for General Miraue, Lieutenant Roget selects the one man that could call out his own cowardice, Corporal Paris.
The American Revolution was a war based off principles, and fought by both Loyalists and Patriots. The Loyalists believed that without the kings rule they would lose their fortune, be in chaos, and mob rule; however some were just against the brutality of war. Now the Patriots were complete opposites, patriots believed in principles, freedom;to be free from taxes, the king, the tranny they faced under the rule of the king, to be able to speak when and where you want, and to practice the religion they believe in; but who was actually right the Patriots or the Loyalists. In the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead a family struggles with the decision of being Loyalists or Patriots. War is negative because of the injustice of Life, Jerry, and Sam’s death, all of which convince Tim to become neutral.
Kat disagrees with the fact the officers, and the soldiers are paid differently, and claims the war would end if they were. Kropp says that there shouldn't be wars, and that the nation's leaders should fight with clubs. During a night, the men go on a tough mission to go lay Barbed wire on the front, and they are being surrounded by artillery blast so they go hide in a graveyard but, the shelling is killing soldiers, and bringing dead soldiers out of the ground. Due to incidents like this, Paul had finally realized that he has to trust his instincts, and to find his inner
No matter what the cause, war and the killing of another human being cannot be justified. Twain shows how war can and has been justified by patriotism: “the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism” (Twain). The very essence of the people’s pride blinds them into becoming murderers, for their patriotism is their pride. Twain expresses this arrogance as a burning fuel to go to war. Twain exemplifies the irony of the people’s happiness towards the soldiers: “The proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion” (Twain).
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo shows the hard work and difficult tasks the men had to go through to prove themselves and protect their country. The war will change the men’s attitudes and the way they do everything. Men made sacrifices in the Vietnam War most people would never make in a lifetime, they will not just sacrifice but push themselves physically harder than most any other men. The men will also emotionally change from constantly watching other men die, or killing other men. The mens first kill was always the hardest for them, mentally they had so many thoughts of the other mans close ones back home and what they would go through and how it would be all their fault.
In both works, the soldiers set aside their morals to overcome the horrors of war such as killing a man. This challenges their emotional endurance and has negative consequences on their mental disposition. Paul Bäumer, the protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, is put in a situation where he must suspend his ethics otherwise his supposed enemy, Gérard Duval, will murder him. This is the first time Paul has killed with his own hands, and “every gasp [of the enemy] lays [Paul’s] heart bare” (Remarque 221). He feels instant regret for his actions, and he “would give much if [Duval] would but stay alive” (Remarque 221).
Also, to Joe it is a hypocrisy that “they” use the word “we” when they mention fighting. But in reality, the only ones who are fighting the war are the soldiers while “they” sit back and watch. In addition, would someone decide to go to war all because of a song? Well, the use of pro-war songs are popular advertisements. Songs, words and lyrics are everywhere even when soldiers are leaving, therefore, escaping war propaganda is unfeasible.
Wiesel loses his humanity and sense of purpose and finds himself constantly questioning, “Here or elsewhere, what did it matter? Die today or tomorrow, or later?” (98). Considering the dire circumstances that he was in, his loss of faith was inevitable when survival came first. The surrounding men had also lost their humanity while fighting to survive. Food, especially during the death march, “became more important than freedom or even faith” (McCarthy).
It came out while the war was beginning to make people understand the extent to which such conflict was nonsensical and worthless. The singer uses a sarcastic tone as he promotes war and death. He thinks that war is senseless, so he uses such a foolish and crazy tone to tackle it. In the first stanza, McDonald sings, “So put down your books and pick up a gun, / We’re gonna have a whole lot of fun!”. The cantor refers to the unlucky college students who are drafted and end up dying for no serious cause.
This is an agent of the war itself. It is tiresome and challenging. It is also this same agency of war that encourages him to reach the decision of shooting down his father because it was his duty and what needed to be done for his fellow
He fights without fear even though he believed before the battle started he would be killed. After the fight Henry is horrified by the sight of all the fallen soldiers. As the union troops regroup Henry attempts to see if any soldiers were scared but ends up irritating them. In the second battle Henry is surprised as the soldiers attack again