This character clearly relates to the theme of the book, which is age and race can impact somebody’s life a lot. My character, Richard Perry, changed throughout this book from the beginning to end exceptionally. In the starting point of the book, Richard joined the war in Vietnam because his depressed mother couldn’t afford for him to go to college. While he was stationed in Vietnam, Richard met another soldier named Peewee, he was from Chicago and seemed very daring and determined.
The war stories with morals and deeper meaning gives war character which it does not have. It glamorizes war into something that could be good and happy situations but this is also not the case. The concept of character makes the idea of a true war story, supposed to a fake one, more understandable. Malcolm Gladwell defines character and how it can change. He writes, “Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context.
War has a way of affecting everyone. When a soldier returns home from their service, they may not be the same as they left and it may take some time for their family to adjust to the changes. This change in a veteran’s behavior has been known by many names throughout history. It really isn’t something people want to bring up in conversation or even accept as an issue. This story in particular deals with a boy who is not adept to adjusting to his father's Vietnam syndrome.
War is senseless violence and brutality, but also where you can fight for freedom and end injustice. The negatives of war, like senseless brutality are sometimes used for lessons, so men don’t abandon the war. The positives are fighting for your freedom and ending injustice, if your country wins the war you get your freedom and you stop unnecessary deaths. In the book, My Brother Sam is Dead, the Collier brothers show that war has many goods and bads to it. In the book, My Brother Sam is Dead, Tim decides to be neutral, at the end of the novel, due to the ironic death of his best friend Jerry, his father Life, and his brother Sam.
Although I will most likely never experience what Tim went through, my grandfather did. I feel that listening to my Poppi's stories about the war have allowed me to connect with this story and feel sympathy for Tim. Just like Tim, Poppi was drafted into the war. At the time, my Poppi was married to my grandma, and had two kids. My Poppi was a doctor and had a lot of guilt going to the war and leaving his wife and two young children behind.
The pressure they received was insurmountable. The men in the Vietnam War had to deal with the painful memories and stress for the rest of their lives, however long those ended up being. The war’s strains weighed down the soldiers throughout their lives. One would think that the end of the war would have been a relief for the soldiers, but this was not always the case. When the soldiers returned
The poem “Facing It,” by Yusef Komunyakaa is a heart wrenching story of a man who was in the Vietnam War. He is recounting the lost and maimed of the war. The author himself served in the Vietnam War. This poem has many accurate depictions of the struggles felt by the veterans coming home from this highly controversial war. The personification seen in the story catches the attention of the reader in a way that almost makes the reader feel as though they themselves are in D.C. staring into the wall.
His views on nationalism, as shown by the statement "I survived, but it's not a happy ending. I was a coward. I went to the war"(The Things They Carried, 79), are not extremely prominent. This quote clearly shows that he did not feel strongly enough for his country to potentially die for it. He believes patriotism is almost non-existent which is expressed through the idea that his only motivation for joining the army is the opinions of others and the statement “they carried their reputations.
If you mean to tell me that anyone who was born into a family of monsters exiled by God is not misunderstood, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong. It would be like being born into a family of Nazi supporters: you grow up supporting the Third Reich and even though it’s wrong, you don’t know any better. Beowulf introduces this tragic backstory, however, without defending Grendel and without assuming he is anything but rotten and nefarious. Grendel further expands his backstory while leaving the readers to wondering Grendel really is the way he is for a reason. There’s two sides to every story.
With these causes, war is chosen more than peace, and often found as a noble and justified thing to do; however, it can be concluded that war cannot be justified and is not a noble deed. War especially cannot be justified if the option of peace is never explored nor ever acted upon. Although war is not a noble deed, in the time period for the warrior societies in Beowulf, war often lost its nobility because of the wreaking of havoc when a nation suffers a lost and the breaking of pacts and peace agreements, due to a nation’s being in weak state, especially after the loss of a leader. War is a force to be reckoned with and a force that in Beowulf prevailed over all other options of negotiation between clans of