Out of this tension and search for answers in Christian thought, emerged the Just War Theory of St. Augustine of Hippo. Augustine continued in the Christian tradition of believing all war to be intrinsically evil. He unequivocally condemned those who desired, sought, or enjoyed war, and made it clear that to engage in a just war is to engage in war by force of necessity. In Book 4, chapter 14 of his magnum opus, The City of God, he says “to carry on war and extend a kingdom over wholly subdued nations seems to bad men to be felicity, to good men necessity .”
Using the dark humor to describe one of the characters of his book Vonnegut achieved to show the readers that wars aren’t always fought by heroes as portrayed in movies and books, but at the meanwhile he also achieved to show us another side of the war through his strange character Billy Pilgrim, incapable, innocence and lack of control, soldiers find themselves in war
War is one of the most controversial and fascinating aspects of human life, which includes sacrifice, argument, and worst of all human death. The argument of war is whether or not the sacrifice of human life is necessary or not. The authors of My Brother Sam Is Dead are totally against war; they are neutral and they give Tim the same idea as them in the novel. They even show the irony and cruelty of war in the book by the punishing and ironic deaths of Ned, Sam, and Life. This novel is based in Redding, Conneticut during the time of the Revolutionary War.
For the women and men back home, the families, their ideas of what their loved one is going through is constantly changing with the novels and movies romanticizing war and the war heroes. Kurt Vonnegut has said before that he believes civilization was terminated in World War I and that "Much of the blame is the malarkey that artist have created to glorify war, which we all know, is nonsense, and a good deal worse that that –romantic pictures of battle, and of the dead men in uniform and all that" (Vitale par. 4). Vonnegut points out the severity of what happens when war is romanticized. Slaughterhouse Five depicts the fantasy of war compared to the reality of it; the gruesome scenes show the reality of war, all the while, showing how easy it is for men and women to believe war is a glorious battle for honor when in reality, it is a living hell.
This therefore reinforce the madness of the scene and of the war by outlining the immorality going on as the american soldiers going to the war are portrayed as both heroic but also lacking morality to justificate their act. This lack of morality is furthermore emphasized by Coppola’s choice of the reason of the bombing as Colonel Kilgore set the attack with the aim to find a surfing position . The dropping of napalm to create a surfing wave relates to the absurdity of modern warfare. However , Coppola did focus on the horror of the war coming from both sides which is outlined as a panicked soldier is shown being terrified by the sight of a wounded american.
Although the society illustrated in George Orwell’s novel seems implausible, Orwell aimed to reflect certain aspects of the time period in which he lived and warn readers of the impending future he foresaw. The rise of tyrannical governments during the 1940s, such as Hitler in Germany and Stalin in Russia, fueled Orwell’s paranoia and thus resulted in Big Brother, the representation of totalitarian government he predicted could arise. This, along with the seemingly constant warfare and the inherent loss of highly valued democratic ideals provoked Orwell’s allegory as a way to warn the general public. As a result of the communist and fascist dictatorships of Orwell’s time, 1984 sought to reflect the tactics of manipulation, fear, and stripping one’s individuality employed to control the population by illustrating the principal theme of totalitarianism. Manipulation, a primary aspect of tyrannical government, reflects the leadership of several dictatorships during the World War II era and manifests itself in the
Wilfred Owen Dulce Et Decorum Est How does Wilfred Owen covey his ideas about war within the poem? Wilfred Owen was a lieutenant in the British army during the First World War and his poem Dulce Et Decorum Est is a captivating recount of the horror and terror the soldiers experienced during war and a gas attack. The Latin title is translated to ‘it is sweet and proper’.
As Emily Sanders said in her essay, “No End in Sight: The Anti-Hero and the Futility of War in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22”, Yossarian’s character allows the author to create a satirical work to expose problems in society, especially those around humanity’s response to war. Through him, Heller satirizes the commonly held view of a hero and illustrates the futility of war. (#1) Yossarian does change throughout the novel and shows us his own type of heroic
Several people from different walks of life have extended their own opinions on just and unjust wars. Defencists argue the need to engage in war as an act of defense when there is a threat, such as facing a country what initiated a violent war, overthrowing a cruel and oppressive government, and protecting its people against an invader; the Realists’ belief is similar to those of the Defencists, but that war is said to be just when your moral standards call for it (Orend, 2009). For instance, fighting against the US government after it overthrew your previous dictator, but then proceeded to use Phosphorus shells on civilian targets. As a Realist soldier ordered by the US government to participate in this war, you would call for the right to
Its energetic imagery and burning tone make it a remarkable abrasion of the World War I and it has discovered its way into both literature and history courses as a paragon of textual representation of the horrors of the combat zone. Concerning invocation and request the message of reality, Owens straightforwardly hits the romantic illusion of war and attacks the warmongers. As his contends, war itself is just a vain
Furthermore, war also played a considerable amount in United States history. George S. Patton once said, “the object of war is not to die for your country but, to make the other bastard die for his.” This shows the idea that human nature is devious and destructive. The United States is the world’s superpower. We are seen as the big brother and other countries depend on us as we depend on other countries.
The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron and his novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle were all works that were inspired and reflected off events in his life. The decline of his mental health, his wife turning to Christianity, the growing political and
One of the longstanding questions among humankind is whether our lives are controlled by fate or personal choice. Many theories have been developed by scientists, theorists, the general population, and authors from several generations. One of the most controversial writers of his time, John Steinbeck analyzes this idea from his point of view in his novella, Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck contributes to the perspective that despite dedication and determination, most situations are beyond our control and fate is inevitable in the end. This theme is consistently demonstrated through Lennie throughout the book.