O’Brien’s intended audience was young people who were not educated about the war and he discussed the themes shame/guilt and mortality/death. The chapter “The Things They Carried” gives an introduction about the men in the group, it also shows shame/guilt. The chapter talks about the equipment each soldier carried and how it affected them. During this chapter it focuses primarily on LT. Cross and his obsession with Martha. Eventually, after a death in the group, LT. Cross was distracted and he decides to burn the letters Martha sent him.
In both works, the soldiers set aside their morals to overcome the horrors of war such as killing a man. This challenges their emotional endurance and has negative consequences on their mental disposition. Paul Bäumer, the protagonist in All Quiet on the Western Front, is put in a situation where he must suspend his ethics otherwise his supposed enemy, Gérard Duval, will murder him. This is the first time Paul has killed with his own hands, and “every gasp [of the enemy] lays [Paul’s] heart bare” (Remarque 221). He feels instant regret for his actions, and he “would give much if [Duval] would but stay alive” (Remarque 221).
He went on jerking with flames on his chest until another soldier shot him again. Then he stopped jerking.”(208). Tim would expect Sam to die by the British, a heroism, brave, courage filled death on the battlefield, but the irony is that in reality he dies a dishonorable death by his own side just like his father. Tim was very upset since Sam, who was innocent, was accused of stealing his own cattle; the generals did not believe Tim’s many proclaims of the truth, war just isn’t fair. Tim now has his final decision of staying neutral for war and has come to these conclusions of war, war isn’t always glorious, it is in fact brutal, senseless, and tears and demolishes
In Erich Remarque’s tragic novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, he depicts the hardships war has on an individual, especially the younger generation. From these hardships, the audience understands why the individual is not able to find a way to reconnect with his past life. Paul’s war experience destroys his empathy, as well as his connection to others and the society that he once was a part of. The impact of the war stripped Paul of his humane connections between him and his society, and in the end a naive teen had to endure bloodshed. Paul and his comrades had no idea what the war would do to them and sadly learned that the war was more a misfortune than an honor.
In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” written by James Hurst, creates a story about a boy named Doodle who was born with disabilities and his brother makes plans to kill him. In paragraph 5 on the first page of the story, Hurst writes, “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” This clearly makes readers think that the narrator wants him dead, and the narrator isn’t grateful for what kind of brother he has. This clearly brings up that it was the narrator 's fault that Doodle died. He left Doodle out in the storm on purpose and ran away, the narrator had plans to kill him earlier on in the story, and everyone expected Doodle to die right when he was born. In the beginning of the story, Hurst writes , “Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy ever had.” “He was born when I was six and was, from the outset, disappointment.
From the very start of the movie we are given reason to question if what Jacob is seeing is real. We are told he's a Vietnam vet who was injured in combat, his son has died tragically young, his wife has divorced him, and only ever sees the demons. So it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to have a damaged psyche that is constantly flashing back to Vietnam and seeing demons out to kill him. This causes us to constantly question Jacobs sanity, and just how much of this reality we should believe. Upon rewatching the film, we understand why his reality is so messed up, and as a result we realise that Jacob isn’t insane.
In the novel, Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane talks about Henry Fleming, a young man who enlists for the war and has very little experience. During the novel, Henry has witnessed war as a glorified period rather than the true reality of it. Crane suggests that war is harming Henry, since his perception is the true reason why Henry well end up getting killed on the battlefield. Also, Crane emphasizes that war should be seen as brutal and traumatizing as its actual reality rather than glorifying. This tells us Henry may have a disorder called PTSD, since during the war he encounters a potential hallucination that helped him on his survival.
The grief that women encounter is much different than that of men. It is here that gender distinction is seen. Pallas, son of Evander, is given consent by his father to fight in war. He, too, is told of his son’s death by Rumor, but does not act like the mother of Euryalus. Instead, Evander comes to terms with his son’s death saying “But if ultimately death was waiting for my son, then I am glad he fell while leading on the Teucrians to Latium, and only after he had cut down thousands of the Volscians’ army (Aeneid 11.215-219).” The sorrows represented by the mother seem to devalue the view of women.
According to Mrs.Stephanie, “Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities. Mrs. Radley ran screaming into the street that Arthur was killing them all, but when the sheriff arrived he found Boo still sitting in the living room, cutting up the Tribune. He was thirty-three years old then”(13). We can see how Boo was taken advantage of when he was young, he was weak and defenseless against the people around him which makes him the biggest mockingbird in the book, also with the best living example for Scout to learn with. The reader notices that Scout learns this life lesson mostly through examples Harper Lee puts in her
They see soldiers and civilians dying, and are made kill others. Prisoners of war are often mistreated, and conditions for those who aren’t captured are still not given good living conditions. Many soldiers who live are injured and have near-death experiences. Billy Pilgrim, the main character from Slaughterhouse-Five, was emotionally scarred from the war, and therefore believed he was time-travelling. Little things would upset him or bring back memories of the war because of the ordeal through which he went.