It was his way of coping…” (218) Readers sympathize with and pity Lavender, “who was scared,” who couldn't quite handle the stress of war and resorted to taking tranquilizers—before being killed in the very first chapter. At first glance, readers are restricted to the blinders of our narrator’s perspective. Each soldier had to face his fear of war, and
This shows how preparedness can’t help with a soldier’s situation. He puts into detail with what kind of weapons they had on hand. “They carried M-14s and CAR-15s and Swedish Ks and grease guns and captured AK-47s…” (Tim O’Brien 341) No matter how great the weapons were, it didn’t keep them alive. Ironically the items that they were carrying was also the death of them.
The author’s incorporation of Phineas dying this way aids in showing Gene’s betrayal of Phineas. Prior to Phineas’s death, he and Gene had been fighting much more than they normally did, and Phineas ended up telling Gene he was upset that he couldn’t participate in the war due to his leg. Gene feels bad because he is uncertain about whether or not Phineas’s first fall was his fault, and ultimately, it was the first fall that caused Phineas to die. Throughout this story there are many symbols, many of which show Gene’s betraying
It is very interesting to read about, because all of the medical help Lincoln was provided. What’s shocking is, this chapter is very gory and a little gross to read about. Readers will feel so much sympathy for Lincoln’s family as they read this chapter. Dr. Leale announces that he cannot save Lincoln, and the crowd goes insane. It is crazy that just an hour before this mayhem, President Lincoln was full of life and now, everything was different.
“Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers until he was shot in the head.” Pg. 2 This is ironic because the Ted was the most frighten person in the group who was scared to die and somehow he was the first victim to die. “The thumb was dark brown, rubbery to the touch, and weighed 4 ounces at most.” Pg.
Chemicals were the most feared weapon of World War One for a good reason, many soldiers froze or turned and ran in terror when they saw evidence of gas because those caught in it without a proper gas mask died a slow and painful death. The morale of an army while it is intangible, is extremely important, and nothing could destroy it like chemical weapons. Sometimes the main goal behind a gas attack wasn’t even physical harm, often it was simply to terrorize the enemy or even hide an infantry or some other kind of assault. Soldiers that didn’t die from exposure to gas were usually so adversely affected they could no longer perform basic tasks, let alone fight a battle. Mustard gas, for example, is one of World War One’s most famous and feared weapons, yet it rarely killed those exposed to it.
There are many methods of how Hitler died. The one that most people know is when the allied powers had the axis powers under control and hitler didn 't want to become a prisoner of war so he committed suicide. Before that day, Hitler wasn 't in good health. Walking was very difficult for him, his right side of his body was weakened due to post war issues. Hitler 's last meal was spaghetti with a rasin and cabbage salad.
And so, within a couple years, was he-from cancer” (273). This message is short and concise, but it delivers a lot of information about the character. The father-in-law, once again, lost his hope and love. He kills his kitten like he saw his friend killed while in the infantry or the way he killed the enemy. He may say to himself, “no more killing, no more life should be taken away, at least from me,” but it is unavoidable.
The first half of the book dedicates entire chapters to describing the physical appearance and character traits of the airmen as well as the what they did before the war, so “the reader could have a better understanding of the chaos and absurdity that the characters experience”(Yan Jun). The narrator goes through great lengths to build up character descriptions, sub-plots, and backstories but wastes no time when describing a death of a character. Characters like Kid Sampson, Nately, Hungry Joe, etc seem to die somewhat randomly. Instead of having an intense build up of a death, the narrator gave Kid Sampson “propeller to slice him half away” (Heller 337) instead of a long, drawn out death.
Carter showed acts of bravery as he hauled ammunition to troops that were pinned-down and he received a Medal of Honor in later years for this act of courage (Dreazen, Sept-Oct, 2014).” Carter relates that he did not feel like a hero and he started to exhibit signs of PTSD, but was not yet accepting this fact. Finally, another officer who fought at Carters side, died of a drug overdose. This is when Carter admitted to himself that he needed help, and he was indeed suffering the effects of PTSD (Dreazen, Sept-Oct, 2014).
Kemmerich’s was one of Paul’s close friends to die first, and it is here we can see how loss is portrayed during this scene. The loss of Kemmerich life was not quick or painless, Paul’s friend suffered throughout this time, and Paul was their watched his friend die. Paul faced the truth about war after his friend’s death. The truth that Paul had discovered is that the loss of life is something that he, and all of his friends might not be able to escape. I believe that Paul gave up on living after the death of Kat, that was his last friend that was still alive and he was very close to him.
The isolation from other “good guys” made the man to not hesitate to kill the stranger in front of his child. To sum up, after everything in the world died and survivors were isolated from hope and light, people started to act different as they used to. The author Cormac McCarthy shows how people follow their barbarity and selfishness to survive throughout the book. This also relates to people living now,
But, if you are able to go through the previous experiences without going completely crazy, you are considered very brave to me. 2) After he killed the enemy sniper, he was curious to see who he had killed. This is very well depicted in the sentence “he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the
Since this wasn’t an exterior wound the doctors could rarely do much unlike gunshot wounds. The only problem with this medicine was it didn’t help stop the disease only limit or tolerate the pain, so the patient was still very vulnerable to the disease. Robert E. Lee’s heart disease did eventually kill him due to the lack of medical technology. The second soldier was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and he was shot with a bullet that went through both of his hips, this can be found on page 354.
Something Most People Don't Realize In “Tim O'Brien's novel,” The Things They Carried, each soldier carries something different that makes them feel safe/something memorable, that helps them get through their time away from home. Whether it be stockings,dental floss,a picture, or even tranquilizers. Henry Dobbins for example carries Stockings/Pantyhose.