Although Odysseus was only supposed to be gone two weeks, it still caused worry and concern. Odysseus caused pain by being gone for twenty years. No one in the family knew where Odysseus was. He was assumed to be dead. Him being gone for twenty years, caused Telemachus to have an identity crisis.
He became bitten by remorse.” (“The Sniper”, pg. 3). This is an excerpt from the story that occurs almost immediately after he shoots and kills his enemy. It shows how horrible he feels for his actions and just how quickly his view of war changed. This event also caused him to despise the war, “His teeth chattered, He began to gibber to himself, cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.”(“The Sniper”, pg.3).
He paid homage to those friends because some of them passed away fighting and O’Brien wanted to show what made them special, especially because the men who fought and died in Vietnam often came home disrespected and ignored. Every story helped to shine light on the men who lost the fight. O’Brien went into incredible detail about what exactly made each man in his platoon special, especially if there was a story to lay to rest. By sharing these stories, themes of homage and sacrifice were explored as O’Brien hoped to explain what their friendship was and why it was so
When Porter encountered George, it pained him to witness the suffering animal as Day stated, “George’s sad eye fixed on Porter like a plea, and he had to look away” (Day 17). The plea that George gave Porter symbolizes his experience in the war considering that the Calvary men Porter fought alongside by were also pleading for the war to be over. Not only that, but George’s sad eyes symbolize the pain the Union Calvary men underwent as they were dying. As Porter repressed his memory of the war while talking to Irene, he remembered what happens in the war: “Almost twenty years had gone by, but he could still see the land rolling like an ocean into the blue sky. [Porter] tried not to remember other images: a barn in Alabama full of stinking, rotting, wailing men.
A character that makes decisions that impact his life and the lives of others is Okonkwo. Okonkwo has constantly made decisions that affect his life and others, such as his family, mostly in a bad way. Decisions that Okonkwo has made that affected himself and other people are killing Ikemefuna when he was not supposed to, killing a clansman during Ezeudu 's funeral, and committing suicide after he killed the messenger who was sent from the white man to stop Okonkwo 's meeting. One bad decision that Okonkwo has made that affected his life and others is him killing Ikemefuna. Ever since Ikemefuna was sent to live with Okonkwo they had a close relationship and Ikemefuna even calls Okonkwo father.
This chapter “The Ghost Soldiers”, showed us how Tim O’Brien and the other soldiers were dealing with the war both physically and psychologically. It also shows us how the Tim O'Brien behaved and felt when he was shot, wounded and had a bacteria infection on his butt and how the war changed the way he thought, and viewed the other soldiers around him. This chapter also contain a lot of psychological lens. From the way Tim O’Brien felt when he was shot and separated from his unit to a new unit to when he wanted revenge on Bobby Jorgenson for almost “killing” him. The chapter also showed how the war shaped and changed the way Tim O’Brien thought and dealt with things.
You worry for your safety, and your children’s. It’s just what you do. Many people think of war as disastrous. Towns ruined, families run out of their houses, and death. Hunt applied letters from soldiers that are families and friends of the Creighton’s to show the hard times of the war.
While in combat many soldiers realized that what they were doing was wrong. All the killing and torturing of prisoners, the massacre of My Lai and etc. was not right. This is not how people should treat other human beings. One soldier in the documentary said he wonders about the families of the Vietnamese he just killed.
Tim O 'Brien uses imagery and repetition in both “The Man I Killed” and “Ambush” to reveal that once a soldier kills someone, even if it was “a good kill”, the soldier will be stuck with quilt forever. In “The Man I Killed” O’Brien uses repetition of imagery to convey the feelings of guilt he has by forcing himself to continuously stare at the corpse of the dead man, whom he had just killed. “His jaw was in his throat, his upper lip and teeth were gone, his one eye was shut, his other eye was a star-shaped
It is apparent here that a soldier unexpectedly witnesses the death of another comrade as he watches “his hanging face, like a devil sick of sin”. A significant simile of the poem, like “Futility” questions human existence as though a devil will be sick of sin. Readers are confronted with the pain and anguish faced by the soldier and tastes the suffering as he does, comprehending the horrors and the extent of disrespect not only faced by soldiers, but also Owen himself.The poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ captures the spirit of the war in its irrationality and brutality. Owen names his poem “Anthem for doomed youth” signifying the inhumanity and the entrapment of war upon the youth as there is no escape. He opens his poem with the grotesque imagery of the battlefield as he questions through the simile ‘what passing-bells for those who die as cattle?’, This emphasises how the men have been dehumanised and reduced to animals and slabs of meat to be butchered and consumed by the monstrous war machine which seems to have a ravenous appetite for human lives.