Also, to Joe it is a hypocrisy that “they” use the word “we” when they mention fighting. But in reality, the only ones who are fighting the war are the soldiers while “they” sit back and watch. In addition, would someone decide to go to war all because of a song? Well, the use of pro-war songs are popular advertisements. Songs, words and lyrics are everywhere even when soldiers are leaving, therefore, escaping war propaganda is unfeasible.
This instance in the short story depicts Krebs feeling like he has a down to earth conversation with another soldier who can truly relate to the struggles he has endured from being involved in the war. He does not have to exaggerate for someone to be interested in him, and he can truly talk about how frightened he was when at war. Most people who ask about the war want to hear a heroic account of memory from the war, and aren't expecting or particularly interested to hear how scared a soldier was when he was overseas. Krebs finds some sort of relaxation through talking to this other soldier but it also makes him realize that he is no longer the same person he was before the
In Tim O'Brien's “Enemies” and “Friends”, O'Brien shows the effect the nature of war has on individuals and how war destroys and creates friendships. These two stories describe the relationship between two soldiers, Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen. In “Enemies”, friendship is broken over a fist fight about a stolen jackknife, which leaves Strunk with a broken nose and Jensen paranoid of whether or not Strunk’s revenge is coming. While in “Friends”, you see how the nature of war creates a bond of trust, even between people who first saw each other as enemies. Throughout “Enemies” and “Friends”, you see the development of trust between Jensen and Strunk.
The narrator starts by telling all the physical weights of the things the men had to carry, and then gets into their inner thoughts and reveals the emotional weight of the things the men had to carry. The main character, Lieutenant Cross struggles between his love and his responsibilities. Ted Lavender dies in the story and the soldiers are all shocked; it causes Lt. Cross to give up his love and become a man. In the story, Tim O’Brian uses a total omniscience point of view, which reveals Lieutenant Jimmy Cross as distracted, sentimental, and caring. This causes the reader to feel admiration for him leading the country, but also empathy because he is struggling physically and emotionally.
This is particularly impactful segment of the speech due to the fact that Kerry explains how the soldiers of Vietnam will not stay quiet and keep America’s so called dirty secret, but stand up and expose the wrongdoing that was done by America. For example, “We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country, we could be quiet, we could hold our silence, we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, not the reds, but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out”(John F. Kerry). Kerry also defends the people of Vietnam in the sense that they do not even fully grasp the reasoning behind the war in the first place. It is here that Kerry makes the point that the Vietnam war is a destructive waste of human life and time.
Furthermore, even the surgeons on the battlefront are taken advantage of war by becoming psychotic and treat the patients cruelly: You are here to be cured of your wound, not your flat feet. Did you have any problem with them in the field? No, well there you are! At present you can still walk, but if once the old boy gets you under the knife you 'll be in cripples” (259). The doctors are being compared to “old boys” or basically children because they are not in the right mindset to realize what they are doing is completely wrong and inhumane.
Paul and his comrades had no idea what the war would do to them and sadly learned that the war was more a misfortune than an honor. Paul and his friends were eaten out, mentally, by the war and remained casings of their old lives. Further exemplifying their inability to reconnect to their past lives and in turn the normal world. Remarque creates Paul Baumer to represent a generation of men who are know to the outside
In Three Day Road, Xavier is exposed to slow violence by cultural and emotional conflict throughout the war, which resulted in post-traumatic stress. Xavier is a remorseful character because of how he was brought up. Regardless of his role in the war, he feels remorse every time he kills. His beliefs do not change. He does not compromise his beliefs over the expectation to hate the enemy or in the company of Elijah who evidently has compromised his prior beliefs.
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.
To me, it just means that they have a different opinion than the ones presently represented. In the case of the Vietnam war, they weren’t hating America for fighting with the Vietnamese, they just disagreed with the choice of America. They were trying to protect their family members and their friends. People had brothers, sisters, mother, fathers, friends, all of them in the line of fire overseas. It wasn’t out of hatred that they were protesting, it was out of fear.
The pacification missions his platoon goes on are one example of that war within his own mind. He states multiple times that he is bothered by the fact that they have to convince the villagers that the American soldiers are the good guys (112). Richie doesn’t truly know who the enemy is or if either side is “right”. He makes the comment, “The real question was what I was doing, what any of us were doing, in Nam” (69). It’s hard for Perry to fight when he doesn’t know what he’s fighting for.
120, Paul describes how the war changed his perspective on life, saying, “And even if these scenes of our youth were given back to us we would hardly know what to do… But it would be like gazing at the photograph of a dead comrade; those are his features, it is his face, and the days we spent together take on a mournful life in the memory, but the man himself it is not.” In the point of view of the reader, what does Paul display about war? Based on the text what can you tell about his personality? Based on my understanding, Paul shows that there is no winner to war. Alive or dead, the soul suffers. Whether it’s physical or emotional pain, soldiers are bound to suffer.
Fear of shame not only motivates men to go to war but also affects soldiers’ relationships with each other once there. Concern about being accepted in the war, which might seem in the end an unimportant part given the chances of death and importance of staying together as a “team” during this time. The emotional burden was not just during the war it was also after the war that all these memories came back to them. When these memories come back it brings sadness to them thinking about all the people they lost through out their time
Knowledge of course, is always imperfect, but it seemed to me that when a nation goes to war it must have reasonable confidence in the justice and imperative of its cause. You can 't fix your mistakes. Once people are dead, you can 't make them undead” (38-39). Because O’Brien had witnessed so much death and destruction he knew how important it was to have all the facts first. He fought a war in Vietnam that he knew nothing about, all he knew was that, “Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons” (38).
Ned if affected by war in some very unfortunate ways.During training Ned had to go though many things.In the book Ned stated that”What you did in boot camp did not have to make sense.You just had to do it.”(60).I think that Ned meant that even if you didn’t understand why you had to do it you were expected to.Not only did Ned have a hard time adjusting to bootcamp but he had an even harder time adjusting to war.During war Ned lost a lot of people he knew and as it would to anyone else 's it hurt him.During war Ned was shot in the shoulder.Being shot impacted him a lot because he was unable to fight for a while.Ned described how he felt and told about how he couldn 't raise his arm.Ned was also upset and very much so scared when his friend Georgia Boy was shot.Ned explained his fear for his friend’s life by saying”I realized I was the one doing the yelling as I pressed my hands down onto Georgia Boy’s neck,trying to stem the flow of blood”(192-193).Ned was definitely changed by that and it surely didn 't help his experiance in war.Ned went through some hard times in war but he still did