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.
Rugged men who fight willingly are those who the country and leaders rely heavily on for support and protection of the civilians. The army is built with these rugged men to insure that they will go to no end to save American’s lives. General Patton delivers a motivational speech to the members of his new army, subsequently informing them that the rumors that were spoken about him are clearly all false. Through vulgar diction, simple syntax, and self-appealing diction, Patton makes the army become successful and be united as one, in order to be able to restore the confidence and motivation of his army.
Tobias Wolff wrote Civilian in which he has an excerpt, where he describes his point of view on the broadcasted message to the United States government. Wolff uses diction and syntax to create a tone of mockery to convey that Cuba’s demands were delirious. He used words like “blaring” and “outline”. Wolff used “blaring” to describe his voice was loud and a nuisance and “outline” to describe the simplicity of Cuba’s broadcast as being unworthy of a longer description. Tobias also uses Syntax to emphasize the unimportance and futile message. In his final sentence I laughed out loud conveys that, Wolff believes these demands are nonsensical and meaningless by keeping this sentence short and using simple punctuation. These connotations develop
The Warriors Ethos is a book written by Steven Pressfield, which was published in 2011. The book highlights a very rich history of warriors and their supporters alike. My goal with this paper is to draw some parallels between the examples in the book and what I took away as applicable to our lives as infantrymen In the United States Marine Corps.
War reporter Ernie Pyle in a eulogy about the aftermath of D-day titled "The Horrible Waste of War" (1944) explains and details the events of D-Day before the beach is cleaned up. In order to communicate the scene before him, Pyle uses a cataloging of images, irony, and imagery. Pyle seeks to write a lasting remembrance of the sacrifice of the soldiers on that beach. In remembering the soldiers, Pyle is cognizant of the interest his audience will have, an audience of Americans, family member, friends, and loved ones.
From the Revolutionary War and the beginning of America’s independence to the conflict we face today combatting terrorism, American civilians have been at war. In today’s society, war headlines our newspapers and is broadcasted and televised daily on the news for the world to see. Through the media, we Americans are placed into the shoes of a soldier’s daily life and are able to witness the experiences and firsthand accounts of what fighting on the front lines is like. Due to this, Americans have become immune to the troubles and violence of war we are shown by news anchors and told by journalists today and therefore neglect the long term effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder, defined as “a complex and chronic disorder caused by exposure
In the year 2011, 39-year-old Abel Fields attended a city meeting about public safety. During the meeting, he presented a speech where he falsely claimed that he had eight years of military experience and was rewarded the Purple Heart. Because of his lies, he was convicted under the Stolen Valor Act and found guilty, sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000. In his case before the Supreme Court, Fields argued that the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional, and that his right to free speech had been violated. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Fields' favor, but the government appealed the decision to the Supreme Court because, according to the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, these fraudulent claims "damage the reputation and meaning of
In the elite community of Navy SEAL heroes, Chris Kyle has surged above the rest of the community and distinguishes himself as unique. American Sniper is a retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle 's autobiography on how he became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, with more than 160 official kills in the Iraq war from 2003 to 2009. This autobiography gives insight to what it is like fighting in war, and protecting American lives.
From 1914 to 1918 World War One occurred due to the murder of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by a Serbian group named the Black Hand. Additionally, several powerful countries, including Germany, France, and Britain, established a series of alliances that amplifies the size of the war. Likewise, the war expanded by the strong nationalist beliefs of each country, therefore a countless amount of men desired to fight the war, in order to support their country. This sense of nationalism is a theme explored throughout Erich Maria Remarque's novel All Quiet on the Western Front, through the lense of a young German Soldier. The protagonist, Paul, a 19 year old soldier, explores the horrors of war through strong comradeship, the death of companions,
The Wounded Warrior Project recruits the aid of the American public to honor and assist injured veterans of the United States armed forces. Through financial aid, the non-profit organization provides programs for the physical and mental injuries of soldiers with little or no cost to the warriors. The organization also offers support services for the warrior’s family (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). Through advertisements, the Wounded Warrior Project hopes to gain the public’s aid to finance the organization’s programs. The advertisements use rhetorical devices such as ethos, pathos, and logos will be used to further understand how this organization’s advertisements appeal to their audience on all levels. Ethos is an appeal to
“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected,” Paul Fussell wrote in “The Great War and Modern Memory,” his classic study of the English literature of the First World War. “But the Great War was more ironic than any before or since.” The ancient verities of honor and glory were still standing in 1914 when England’s soldier-poets marched off to fight in France. Those young men became modern through the experience of trench warfare, if not in the forms they used to describe it. It was Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Joyce, and Lawrence who invented literary modernism while sitting out the war. Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen—who all fought in the trenches and, in the last two cases, died
History does not always convey the absolute truth. It offers only one side of the story. The strong and powerful voices always drown out the sounds of the weak and beaten. The winner’s word will always be taken over the loser’s. The content that lies within the textbooks was not written by the defeated. To understand the history of past cultures, it is imperative that both sides are heard. Many novels continually showcase this new outlook on history. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, demonstrates the New Historicism perspective with subjective accounts, reflections of the time it is written, and lack of the opposing side’s outlook.
As a result, O’Brien struggles with his decision to do what he believes is right, as he wants to do what he thinks it right, but he cannot deal with the criticism of others. He says, “My conscience told me to run, but some irrational and powerful force was resisting, like a weight pushing me toward the war. What it came down to, stupidly was a sense of shame. I did not want people to think badly of me,” (51 and 52). Due to the societal standpoint at the time, he simply could not resist embarrassment others would bestow upon him. Most soldiers in the Vietnam War felt the shame of resisting war as, “Men Killed and died because they were embarrassed not to,” (21). For this reason, soldiers adopted cowardice towards themselves if their morals were not towards the Vietnam War. Society creates a margin where there is cowardice with choosing and not choosing to go to war. O’Brien reflects on this by saying, “I understood that I would not do what I should do,” (57), “I was a coward. I went to war,”
As of late the feud between the media and President Trump has escalated, this has caused the general population to be forced to decide who is the instigator, Trump or the media? I believe that while the media does retaliate, this childish back and forth was fueled by Trump and someone in his position should not focus on a petty feud such as this. I believe that as president he must show a strong image and refrain from continuing to ridicule the media. Because of Trump’s constant twitter rants about the media and the overall popularity of the issue many articles have been written on both the pro-Trump and anti-Trump side. These articles use different rhetorical devices to convey their point and get the reader to agree with them.
In the beginning of his speech, MacArthur uses contrast and religious references to explain what it means to be a soldier of the United States. Through the use of antithesis, MacArthur compounds the idea that a soldier must be multifaceted: “the meekness of true strength” (MacArthur 2). In many years of military service he had seen all kinds of soldiers. As one of the highest ranking military leaders, he knows what it takes to have a successful career in the army.