Everywhere around me is death, blood and fire, I’m glad mama is safe from this. The rebels tie up father, they tie up brother, not me, I am wondering if they will let me go A soldier walks over, but I can tell he is not a normal soldier, he is the general and he has a machete. I did not know that my heart could pump at this rate, but the general does not hurt me, he hands me the machete. The general speaks,“Look at your village boy! There is no home for you!
In the book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, he describes the different way war impacted him, and his Alpha brother in short stories. In the stories he elaborates vividly about the different experiences that they lived through. For instance, Tim O’Brien and Norman Bowker had things in common. Certainly they were both consumed with guilt, shame, and remorse. The war had killed them deep inside, where they no longer had sense of any emotion.
The morning after the incident in the sewage field, the soldiers look for Kiowa 's body. Jimmy Cross helps in the search and watches his men. He sees a young soldier (this is presumably O 'Brien, but O 'Brien has chosen to tell this story in the third person) standing off by himself, shaking, in his own world. Cross thinks about Kiowa 's death, and how Kiowa, a brave and decent kid, absolutely didn 't deserve to die in a field of sewage. He thinks about what he 's going to write to Kiowa 's father, and how he shouldn 't mention the sewage field.
I mean, be honest,” (126) and “Tim, it’s a war. The guy wasn’t Heidi- he has a weapon, right?” (126) However, by giving insight on the man’s life, the reader learns that similarly to O’Brien, the man he killed originally had no intention of fighting. He wanted to be a scholar. The collections of short stories in “The Things They Carried” come together to show how complex war can be. It is not black and white, especially since soldiers are dealing with heavy issues and people are dying all around
Cant we all just get along? These two stories “The Sniper” and “Cranes” show the really bad aspects of war and how they can really effect humans. In the story “The Sniper” the theme for the sniper is “War knows no boundaries, age, sex, location, time of day, or family ties. In cranes it talks about how the two friends in the story, one becomes a rebel the other a government worker. “Cranes” was written by Hwang Sunwon and translated by Peter H. Lee.
Challenges at War Robert E. Lee once said, “What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors”. The novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien takes place in Vietnam. He and a handful of other men experience things only one can image and hope they will never have to experience again. They learn how death among them can greatly affect them, and many others. War is not an easy task to get through and these men all had different coping methods.
The importance of word and phrases in “Ambush” by Tim O’Brien. In the short story, titled Ambush, by Tim O’Brien, Tim writes about his time in a war. His daughter, Kathleen, asked her father if he has ever killed anyone; he just ignored her question,lied, and said no. In reality he has killed.“O’Brien pretends Kathleen is an adult and imagines that he might tell her the entire story of My Khe”(813). O’Brien still remembers a number of events from twenty years ago when he was in a war.
The writer’s detailed description of his first hunt by himself from what he smelled to tasting dust helped me imagine what exactly went on at the time of the kill. He went further into telling stories of him with his friend and the violence situations that wen on through his life but the writher never had a sense of violence. The writher mentioned the land going bad, everything
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). With this remorse he feels the writing of the stories gives the man a history and a wife.
One by one, the Misfit orders his henchmen to take a member of the family into the woods and kill them in cold blood. However, the reader is confounded when the Misfit reveals that he was falsely imprisoned for his father’s death. O’Connor states: “The Misfit sneered slightly. ‘Nobody had nothing I wanted’ he said…’It was the head doctor at the penitentiary said what I had done was kill my daddy but I know that for a lie. My daddy died.. of the epidemic flu and I never had a thing to do with it.’”(pg 148).
“Poured it down shell holes till the veins ran dry” is an analogy of how his loss of blood and limb was sacrificed for his country. “Half his lifetime lapsed”, is a representation that he no longer is a young man but will be treated as an old one due to his disability. It then reflects back on why he joined the military was to impress but in the end it resulted him without a leg and no one praising him. In the end, he questions the rules and feels more pity. This poem is a lot more indirectly unconventional as it talks explicitly about the consequences of war but during the reasoning of why this guy joined is something that very influential.