The “Azar” within each soldier lies dormant, only until invoked by war, by desire for destruction and bloodshed—whereas the qualities of Ted Lavender are extinguished upon the first draft. In The Things They Carried, by Tim O’ Brien, the character of Ted Lavender embodies the weaker, mellower side of human nature that dies with war. In “The Lives of the Dead,” O’ Brien, the narrator, reminisces upon his antemortem memories of Lavender. “Ted Lavender had a habit of popping four or five tranquilizers every morning. 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.
Like the reporters and camera men at the time, this book provides in great detail what atrocities occurred during the war. “Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a montage of graphic scenes.”(pen.org). Because of its graphic violence and abundant use of profanity, The Things They Carried has been banned and challenged throughout the United States. In Troup, Texas 2016, a mother of an AP English student claimed that the book was “complete garbage, trash” and that it contains “nothing…that will benefit [students] physically, emotionally — mentally, morally, spiritually to be used as an educational tool.” (cbldf.org). Because of this challenge to the book, the principal decided that all questionable content regarding student curriculum will be disclosed to parents beforehand.
Therefore, he gathered numerous documents about the case into his documents. The atrocities committed against Vietnamese civilians was a political threat to Nixon’s strategy of Vietnamization. Nixon’s goal was to turn the war over to the South Vietnamese so that he is able to withdraw most of the U.S. troops. The massacre in My Lai would further justify the resistance of the enemy and it was the complete opposite of what Nixon wanted to accomplish.
In June of 1958, Tim O 'Brien was drafted into the US Army. The trauma he experienced was unforgettable, s unforgettable that he would go and write a book describing the horrors of war. In the book, Lt. Jimmy Cross represents the guilt that soldiers experience during war and the absolute lack of structure that was consistenty in the back of their minds. In The Things They Carried, Tim O 'Brien, the narrator, portrayed Lt. Jimmy Cross as emotionally unfit to be in a position of power in the military as shown by his feeling guilty for Ted Lavender and constantly being reminded of Martha, both contributing and being cause by him not paying attention to waht 's going on around him in the times of need. Lt. Cross feels extremely guilty about Pvt.
Berlin Airlift The Berlin Airlift began when the Soviet Union built a blockade preventing supply transportation and forced the Americans to begin the Berlin Airlift. East Berlin was controlled by the communists and West Berlin was controlled by the U.S and supported by the Western Powers. The Soviet Union was concerned because it’s East Germans were fleeing to the new democratic West Berlin. In order to stop any more from leaving, Stalin completely isolated Berlin with large iron walls called the Berlin Wall- also referred to as the Iron Curtain. Now that The Berliners were isolated from the world, they couldn’t get any supplies and the sectors only had enough coal to last 45 days and food to last just 36 days.
When Moishe is taken away from the town of Sighet, he returns only to described the horrific series of murders he witnessed. Saying in detail how German officers would use babies as target practice for the machine guns, family members were killed in front of other members, and of the father who plead to be killed before his son. The other Jews did not believe his stories, until the German army arrived at their town. The army took their rights away slowly, which prompted the Jews to change emotionally. Eventually they stopped being seen as human, as they were prohibited to go to restaurants or cafes.
The author expresses throughout the novel that the war destroys an entire generation’s lives. Paul explains, “[Him and the other young soldiers] had not as yet taken no root. The war swept [them] away. For the older men, it is but an interruption. They are able to think beyond it.
“My squad is my family, my gun is my provider and protector and my rule is to kill or be killed.”(Ishmael Beah)”A long way gone”was written by Ishmael Beah and published in 2007. Ishmael Beah was very happy kid he was really close to his family but they were seperated when the war happened with the rebels, later on he was caught by the rebels but he was able to escape, the rebels killed all his family so he was recruited by the army, they gave him drugs so he wouldn’t feel anything he had no emotions. The three most important scenes in this story include when Ishmael was alone in the jungle, when Ishmael was in the army,and when Ishmael was NYC. The first most important moment in “A long way home” is when ishmael was alone in the jungle with
In the memoir Night the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when camps had to be evacuated and prisoners were forced to run in the woods in the snow and many people were killed for being tired.”From time to time, a shot exploded in the darkness. They had orders to shoot anyone who could not sustain the pace.”(Wiesel 85). To run through the woods in the cold with so little food is hard and cruel to make someone go through. This is how Elie Wiesel keeps remembering the recurring nightmare in his head. Two themes that inhumanity can cause in Night are disbelief and becoming closer to loved ones.
As the conditions grew worse for the Donner Party, they built more cabins, but their animals wandered off, and they were left with hardly anything to eat, including “family pets, bones, twigs, a concoction described as "glue," strings and, eventually, human remains” (news.discovery.com). Realizing that they would all starve to death if they did not do anything, the group sent out fifteen people to travel to Sutter’s Fort and bring supplies. As a result of the malnutrition and cold, eight of this party died, and the rest of the desperate group cannibalized seven of them. As soon as the remainder of the party reached the other side of the mountains, messages were sent out, and the first rescue group went to the Donner
In the early 1900’s, the conditions in the slaughterhouses were ghastly. First of all, the basic surroundings of the workers were horrid. The floors of the killing floors were layered in blood. It smelled bad and was unsanitary. Also, there were blood-curdling screeches of dying animals constantly ringing throughout Union Stockyards ("Slaughterhouse to the World" 5).
The next day Mr. Dimmesdale was assassinated and the culprit was yet to be discovered. The townspeople assumed that it was Hester due to the circle around the A in the word Catholic. The townspeople felt that it was a hate crime and felt that Hester was becoming rebellious against their religious beliefs. Hester then was sentenced to prison without any actual evidence besides the Bible. Hester looked around the courtroom and felt a chill go down her spinal cord.
The Yankees formed us up into a wagon train, planning to take us to City Point. On the way there, I thought about the Union prisons, which is where I was headed. I read from the newspapers that the prisons were filled to their limits with soldiers and most soldiers didn’t even live because they froze to death, had chills and fevers (which killed them), or they starved to death because of the terrible food. I hope what I read was not true because Ma, Sarah and Sam really needed me alive, not dead. To take my mind off of everything that had happened, I started to read my book of psalms out loud.
One of these horses was found in a stall surrounded by the bones of horses that had died around him and he was the one in the worst state of all five. Surrounding the property were horse paddocks full of horse carcuses being eaten by the very many dogs seen around the property as well. They were not being fed either, and that was the only food that these dogs were getting. The environment that these animals were in was horrible. I do not understand how people can just sit there, go through life, and watch as animals such as