The Forever War Analysis

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Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War shows us how dehumanizing war can be in a science fiction story through the eyes of William Mandella, a Physicist that is drafted into the forever war. Throughout the war Mandella feels like there is something off about the war. Mandella keeps learning more and more about how unsafe the war is for him and the rest of his team. Some things he learns consists of dying from some of the collapsar jumps because of the speed, and the unsafe body armor that can blow you to pieces if you are not careful. With Mandella knowing this it makes him worried, but after a couple hundred earth years of traveling the universe in a ship that goes light speed and fighting an alien enemy that is more advanced than him he doesn’t worry…show more content…
They learn that the Taurans weren’t an enemy, and everything that everyone else learned about the war was a lie. The war happened because of some interstellar crash that Military leaders thought was the result of Tauran attack, and the war lasted so long because we couldn’t communicate with them. Once humans were able to communicate with the Taurans they learn the Taurans go by another name, Man. The Man (Taurans) explain that they were once like humans until they evolved into the perfect being. Mandella and the others were surprised and felt kinda…show more content…
I have concluded it isn’t because of the horrible effects of post war. Many Vietnam veterans had to deal with it if not still deal with it. War can also bring sadness to the family members of a soldier that past away. We already know from The Forever War that it can dehumanize you to where nothing really bothers you anymore and you really don’t care in more. We have also learned of the hard ships that Vietnam Veterans felt with, and know how most of them couldn’t even find job’s. The worst of it though was most of the Veterans were kids no older than 18 that wanted to server there country and once they got back home they were
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