Both the poem “Warren Pryor” by Alden Nowlan and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr express a depressing tone. “Warren Pryor” is about a son who chooses a career that he dislikes in order to please his parents. “Harrison Bergeron” is about a dystopian society where excellence in any way is considered a disadvantage and inequality for others. In both texts, the protagonists all face the barrier of having their nature being stifled; however, the speaker in the poem chooses not to fight back for himself, while the majority in the short story is not even able to realize the barrier that they face. In the poem, the speaker Warren Pryor is under the pressure and high expectation of his parents that he has to choose to work
This excerpt can be interpreted to mean that the young soldiers are too young to have a real place like home, causing them to feel insignificant, but the older soldiers have a reason to live, for their “wives, children, occupations and interests.” The author uses the phrase, “taken no root,” to convey how the young soldiers have never been anywhere long enough to grow their “roots”, suggesting that they have no safe place, a place like home. This quote implies that the extreme confinement from loved ones have caused the soldiers to become secluded from their family, obliging them to think that they don’t have a purpose, and feeling like a “waste land.” The speaker refers to himself and the young soldiers as a “waste land” to symbolize that the men consider themselves insignificant, they perceive themselves as pawns in a chess game, causing repercussions to their familial relationship. The author compares the soldiers because he wants the readers
Most people can understand that when a soldier comes back from war, he is not going to be the same. He has seen too much and done too much to still be the innocent boy he had been. In the novel, The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, he not only puts the effect of war for soldiers, but for regular civilians as well. The novel is saying that war affects females even though they could not fight in war. The message is conveyed through female characters that have felt sorrow and emptiness during and after the war.
Okonkwo’s worst fear was to be the kind of man his father was, so he tried his best not to let his fear become a reality. With a father like Unoka, Okonkwo didn’t get the start as most young men in the village; however, he worked his way to the position of leadership of the clan. There was only one emotion that Okonkwo showed, and it was anger. This was his only emotion because it was how he expressed his feelings. Okonkwo had to leave his fatherland, but after returning home, he found his home unrecognizable.
“As my bones grew they did hurt bad, they hurt really bad. I tried hard to have a father, instead I had a dad,” sang Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in “Serve the Servants”. Which for Cobain was to reflect his weak bond with his dad, as it states how he didn’t have a father to guide him and Cobain’s severe pain from scoliosis. The scoliosis was a metaphorical stand point to emphasize how he had no one to help shape the structure of his emotional turmoil as he was growing older. Fahrenheit 451, a novel about a dystopian society by Ray Bradbury, perfectly exhibits this fading of proper parenting.
The main character in this story, Harold Krebs is a young man who just came back from the “Great War” to his own town which is late than others whom were also went for the war. Missing the hysteria, no one is willing to listen to his true story that had happened during the war but lies. The people of the society is accepts the lies told by him and willing
In the short story “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway, the protagonist-Harold Krebs-has to fake about himself to fit in and try to adapt to his setting. When Krebs came back from the war, everything was different and “it was all too complicated.” His home is different from the environment he was used to back in Germany. The army had changed him, while he changed everyone else practically stayed the same. He tries to fit in by acting like someone else. He wants to have some similarities with everyone around him, “but the world they were in was not the world he was in.” Krebs has been away in the army and disconnected from the world.
Harold’s conflict was that he was a different person when he left and now that he is back he must learn how to adapt and find himself. It’s as if he’s battling with his family and the new environment back home to shape and fit the person that he had become. While people are not use to the new Harold; he is no longer comfortable with himself. He has changed over the years because he has had a career path change, his religious believes have changed, and he doesn't really connect with his family the same way he did before. “Soldier’s Home” included Harold “going to war from school at a Methodist School in Kansas” (Hemmingway 1).
The name, was created because the people born before the war and that had fought in it were all disillusioned, cynical and without emotional stability. After World War I the society and its people had changed forever, from the millions of victims, to the new technology created during it, everything was different. The war and the Great Depression that happened at the beginning of his life, while his mind was still growing and learning, deeply influenced him as a person and his writing style and the one of the authors from the Lost Generation, they all felt hopeless and that their home country, America, had forgotten about them. As an example, Hemingway's characters tend to be honest people who lost hope and faith in society, they reflect his thoughts and feelings about the current state of the world. A lot of them are cynical, phony and act two-faced: Harry, in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, married his wife Helen just because of her money even though she is a loyal and loving
Jennifer Bouchard comments, “he was thinking about a friend of his who had gone off to war and always regretted not choosing the other road. The real internal conflict for his friend, though, was that he knew if he did choose the other road, he would have been sorry he did not go off to help in World War I” (Literary Contexts in Poetry: Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken” 1). Frosts friends experience is interchangeable with the narrators. The narrator is saddened by the fact that he is incapable of taking both paths. Frost drew from his friends ordeal with making choices to produce a timeless piece of literature.
In the book “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien writes about his experience before and during the Vietnamese War, tells stories about his troop, and their lives before and after the war. He illustrates about how his life changed because of the war, and emphasizes on how the war is so cruel and has no moral at all. His stories involve a lot about Vietnamese War. If people read his story superficially, they will say it is definitely a war story, but he argues that his book is actually about love (81). Although his story looks like a war story, it is actually a loved story because his stories are either about his loved ones or dedicated to his loved ones.
2. “You coward.” - Hans Junior has no pride in being the son of Hans. He despises his father, therefore he doesn’t keep in contact with him. When the two of them to come into contact, old tensions rise up and cause them to argue. Their relationship is broken into tiny pieces because of their different ideologies.
All the while, he joins the army, yet it cuts a deep wound into him, and he loses his mind, and so he escapes. Thereafter, he lives true to the quote, “Your identity defines who you are but it doesn 't have to define you for life” (Whitbourne), in the way that he begins to voice his grievances. To Brinker and all of his other peers he pronounces , “ ‘I’m important. You’ve never realized it, but I’m important too’ “(Knowles 176).
What does the text SAYS What the text DOES “Nothing is beautiful and true.” (p.43) I chose this quote because even though Oskar wanted to be like his father so much, he was still traumatized by the tragedy. Ever since his father died, he has become a more complex thinker. “There are so many different ways to die, I just need to know which was his.” Oskar does not accept his father’s death until he has finds a reasonable explanation for how it happened. “Every time I left the apartment to go searching for the lock, I became a little lighter, because I was getting closer to Dad. But I also became a little heavier, because I was getting farther from Mom.” (pg.
In the story “All Quiet on the Western Front,” WW1 is narrated by a German soldier, Paul. The war is explained as having mainly negative effects on the soldiers: “...men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war.” (1) In the beginning of the novel, Paul and his friends dreams about what their life would be like if there was peace. Their view on the war’s brutality is not deep, but many feel it has ruined any chance at a normal life. Even when mentioning home, it does not exist: “ “What’s up, Kat?...” “I wish I were back home." Home--he means the huts.” (31) Instead of home being where their families are, it has become the familiar war housing.