Back during the Revolutionary War, families were divided and many people were trying to decide one question. Should they join the side of the Patriots, Loyalists, or remain neutral? War can be a brutal, violent, and cruel way of achieving power or freedom; and in the process, many lives are lost. However, sometimes war is necessary as it helps get rid of tyranny and injustice. In the book My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, a boy named Tim Meeker lives in a family where his father is a Loyalist, and his dear brother is a Patriot.
In the poem, “A Hymn to Childhood,” Li-Young Lee talks about having fragmented individuality from childhood due to war. He is lost in perception of a traumatic childhood caused by war and a normal naïve childhood. Lee depicts the two diverged childhoods from his memory through the use of antithesis to emphasize the world perceived by a self fragmented individual. Throughout the poem, he consistently presents two opposing ideas to show what it feels like to grow up with emotional trauma. He descriptively tells the readers he grew up in a state of chaos due to war and that he did not have a peaceful childhood compared to normal kids.
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo shows the hard work and difficult tasks the men had to go through to prove themselves and protect their country. The war will change the men’s attitudes and the way they do everything. Men made sacrifices in the Vietnam War most people would never make in a lifetime, they will not just sacrifice but push themselves physically harder than most any other men. The men will also emotionally change from constantly watching other men die, or killing other men. The mens first kill was always the hardest for them, mentally they had so many thoughts of the other mans close ones back home and what they would go through and how it would be all their fault.
Yusef uses metaphors such as “I’m stone. I’m flesh” this shows he is split. 2. On one hand, Yusef feels strong and steady like the wall, but he also realizes that he just a man, who has feelings and he cannot be strong and steady like the wall at all times. V. Conclusion In conclusion, the poem is about a Vietnam war veteran who is visiting a war memorial and is having a hard time dealing with the fact that he is a survivor of the war.
The author, Kurt Vonnegut, is an anti-war advocate and when writing his novel did not shy away from including the brutal details of war and the effect it leaves on soldiers, specifically Billy Pilgrim. While following Billy 's story, the reader can see that he suffers from some mental issues, most likely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Signs that make Billy 's PTSD evident are his flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance of talking about his experiences, emotional numbness, sensitivity to noise, and fits of crying. The reader knows that Billy gets nightmares because when he falls asleep in the boxcar on the way to the POW camp, the other soldiers don 't want to sleep next to him because of his whimpering and kicking. Billy also shows emotional numbness through the 106 times Vonnegut write the phrase, “So it goes,” after any inconvenience, minor or major.
In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
Hidden Things They Carried In the short story, “The Things They Carried,” the author, Tim O’Brien writes about an American army platoon during the Vietnam conflict that is led by Lieutenant Jimmy Cross. Lieutenant Cross is very much in love with Martha at the beginning of the story and she sends him letters signed “Love,” but he realizes he needs to focus on the task at hand rather than daydream about her. O’Brien uses this short story to efficiently demonstrate three major points in the Vietnam conflict including: pressure put on the men to act tough, carrying both physical and emotional burdens, and mental changes in people on the battlefield. First, the soldiers had to have a tough guy façade. When under fire, the men would sometimes squeal and beg God not to let them die, but once the attack was over, they would compose themselves.
As well as John and Kathy’s love being such a mystery, it is also evident that it was even a war. As mentioned previously, the narrator tells this story with a flipping perspective, never going in chronological order. In between parts where it is shown how John is so scared, almost too much, to lose Kathy, there often seems to be some sort of flashback to his time at war in Vietnam, usually regarding Thuan Yen. It almost seems as if John and Kathy’s love is going back and forth, and one of them will never know, in a bad way, what the other has in store for them, or whether the battle will be won or lost. Like his time in Vietnam, his relationship with Kathy seems to be an everyday battle.
The way the soldier/s were portrayed was them suffering with PTSD but no one helping them, my evidence to this statement is when he picks up the remote and a bullet comes out of it, this goes to show if you go into the war you most likely will suffer with PTSD and could even commit suicide. In the song Hero Of War the theme The Portrayal Of Soldiers has been identified by Rise Against, in this song the father says “Son, have you seen the world” to me I feel as if the father is not telling the son everything e.g you could come back suffering with PTSD, you could lose friends you make in the core or you could even die, he also said in the song “they took off his clothes and pissed on his hands. Not everything seems good, maybe on the outside but not on the
On the Rainy River Analysis One of the most compelling books I’ve read is The Things They Carried. This book is filled with many short stories of the Vietnam war. The Author tells the story from the perspective of the soldiers. This books shows us the sacrifice these men had to give for are freedom. The Things They Carried has many great stories by Tim O’brien, but On The Rainy River was my favorite and seemed to follow the psychological literary lens.