The Vietnam War leaves a legacy of moral confusion with each and every soldier who serves. Soldiers are fighting for a cause they do not necessarily believe in, killing people who do not necessarily deserve it, and watching their brothers die beside them. Tim O’Briens’ book, The Things They Carried, illustrates the soldiers struggle to define morality throughout the confusion of the war. On the Rainy River, Tim O’Brien faces what he feels is his moral obligation to answer his country’s call and fight in Vietnam, and a personal moral issue with the reason for the war.
He was scared of the war and hoped the similar to the man, but in the end Tim faced his fear and he is ashamed of it. It hit him hard because it was like imagining himself be killed. Killing someone can bring an immense shock, O’Brien wrote, “‘Think it over,’ Kiowa said. Then later he said, ‘Tim, it's a war. The guy wasn't Heidi—he had a weapon, right?
Antonio begged God to forgive Andrew (Antonio’s brother) “Your brother has sinned with the whores, and so I condemn him to hell for eternity!”(Pg.173). Antonio’s demeanor portrayed confusion and fear of why he is the chosen one to save his brothers when he is hopeful for their saving of him. “Oh, I cried, forgive me Lord! I have sinned, I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed.
In the story the Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst the narrator knows what he did was wrong. In the end, he realized that his own pride was the downfall for his own little brother. For wanting a normal little brother and not a crippled one. As stated on page 2 “ It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make my plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow”. Clearly, in this sentence, it shows that the narrator would rather have no brother at all than having one that is crippled.
But after he lost a member of the group, Ted Lavender, he blamed his thoughts for Martha as the cause of his death. He then started living for his war family and not for seeing Martha again. He even went on burn all her letters and threw away the pebble she had given him. He realized that at war, he could not continue to live in the fantasy in his head. He had to be where he was, and he was
Wiesel and his father look after each other. For example, on page 85 Elie says, “We can lie down a bit, one after the other. I’ll watch over you, and you can watch over me. We won’t let each other fall asleep. We’ll look after each other,” which shows how they both keep each other from any danger, in this case being death from sleeping in snow.
Revenge Isn’t so Sweet “While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself,” says Douglas Horton, an academic leader. A Long Way Gone shows us a story of revenge when a young boy gets swept up in a war after his family is killed at only twelve years old. Ishmael Beah in the novel A Long Way Gone illustrates that revenge is never the answer when he joins the army out of spite, loses his humanity in the war and struggles to forgive himself after his journey.
Lieutenant Cross not only felt terrible for loving Martha more than his men. The tragedy of Ted’s death has become “something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war” (O’Brien 107). Lieutenant Cross blame himself for being distracted and not being focused on the mission he burned Martha’s letters that also included two of her photograph’s (O’Brien 110). He finally realized that the relationship between him and Martha was fictional it was only lust. Lieutenant Cross learns he have to take responsibility as the team
Although it was that shame that brought him into the war and why he was a
Jonas felt anger for his father and the pain he feels for the baby twin. On page 168 in the giver,Jonas realized that they been playing a game of war ( Lowry). Jonas feel sad and misunderstood for the boy in war. Jonas sadly understood that no one know what he is feeling. These are like real life because some careless people don 't think about others and think that everything is just a joke.
If we threw away these rifles and this uniform you could be my brother," implementing that there is no significant difference between all those who participate in war (pg. 223). In addition, Remarque includes a scene in which a soldier accompanies sick friends room to acquire his boots after his expected death. This illustrates the soldier 's selfishness since his scheme for the boots is quite inappropriate given the sick person 's situation (pg. 21). Lastly, Remarque incorporates a passage in which people faint while waiting to be served bones due to their lack of energy. The scene shows how the country is falling apart and could not provide its army with the basic necessities needed for keeping people alive and healthy.
One saying that has been passed down from generation to generation is that war is always unjust and cruel. The story, My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, shows how one family was dragged into the war and split apart by it. The Meeker family experienced the unfairness of war by losing friends and family and their business suffering. War is unfair for a number of reasons. One of them is how it drags people into it.
No matter who you where in the war, everybody walked away with guilt. Jimmy Cross will never forgive himself over the death of Ted Lavender. “He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead” (pg 7) Cross has to live with the fact that his distraction over Martha caused Lavender to die and as commanding officer he had responsibility over him. O’Brien feels the blame over the death of “a short, slender young man of about twenty” (pg 129) With the pain of killing this young man keeps O’Brien “writing war stories” (pg 129).
Through Farquhar, Bierce shows how soldiers on both sides were merciless in their acts, a fact that would never be mentioned if Romantic writings were all that remained from this era. Fast forward several decades, World War Two has consumed the planet, and officers are just as cruel as they were in the Civil War. “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarrell, announces, through the form of a poem, the callousness of the military in WWII. A man thinks he is safe under the protection of the State, but the poem tells that, “When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.” (“Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarrell).
When reading the short book I was actually surprised that a dying Nazi soldier is willing to come up and confess about his sins to the person who he and his people are murdering. And for that young dying Nazi soldier it must of been hard for him to tell the young Jewish boy all his sins about everything that happened to him, such as his family, his work and everything he done of which he sinned for. Asking for forgiveness is a hard thing and to do it to someone who your leader or your governor hate is harder because it is something unusual that is illegal. But even if you do ask for forgiveness, do you think in your mind are they ever gonna accept that forgiveness and hold out their hand and tell you “I forgive you even when your sins are committed