1. “The Successes and Failures of Chancellorsville” is very detailed in its story about the war. The shooting starts and then some of the men start not listening to orders and begin doing their own thing. Then the shooting is over, and the soldiers finally reach their destinations. In “The Red Badge of Courage” speaks of a young soldier who gets ready for battle upon the command.
The author, Joseph Heller, creates the character of Yossarian as a way to express his true beliefs of what heroism is. The book Catch-22 has impacted many people with how it refers to war and the way the soldiers fought and survived it. Joseph Heller created a new way of how to view the war and how most of the soldiers felt through it at that time. The approach that Heller took towards the meaning of war and what truly happens in it was formed when he himself served. Today, some soldiers still have that feeling, but not quite as strong as back then.
Henry saw himself as a hero before he got into a battle, but when faced with the reality of war, his imaginations did not come true. For instance, during the march to battle, Henry was continuously complaining about how all the walking was tiring him out and that it was all for nothing. Henry said, “I can't stand this much longer, I don't see what good it does to wear out our legs for nothin’” (Crane 35). Henry knew what he was signing up for when he joined the army, yet in difficult conditions he lacked the motivation to keep going. Another scenario of cowardice shown through dialogue was when Henry was complaining about always losing battles and blaming it on his generals.
Effects of War Tim O’Brien wrote the short story “Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?” to help people apprehend what it was like to be in the war. Tim wanted his readers to understand how reclusive war was for the soldiers, they would sometimes envision being in a different location. He also wanted them to grasp how terrifying war was, they were always terrified of being heard. The last idea Tim wanted his readers to apprehend was how intense the war was. War was a very comfortless time, the soldiers had no family to talk to.
He grew up to severed relations with his family which lead to him establishing himself (“Commentary on Ambrose”). At a very young age, Ambrose Bierce joined the Union army which brought experiences as a soldier that served as a basis for some of his most famous Civil War tales, such as “Chickamauga” and “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (“Commentary on Ambrose”). These tales explored the lives at the frontier and on the homefront while showing the cruel costs of war on civilians, and they publicize violent endings that many met (Bierce). Bierce was known for the naturalist movement that arose in American literature during the Reconstruction era. Naturalism was a writing style based on instinct, passion, and individuals.
Soldiers train rigorously, preparing for the departure of war. They sacrifice all that they have to fight for their country. As they return after the war, they are left with painful experiences and traumatizing memories, suffering from their inevitable conditions. However, the spouse, families and children back at home are suffering even more than soldiers. The war is something no one wants to go through.
Compare and Contrast- Soldier’s Heart and Red Badge of Courage Charlie and Henry are the main characters in the book Soldier’s Heart and Red Badge of Courage. Both Charlie and Henry, were very young war men, and struggled a lot during the war, both fought with the struggle of wanting to back out of the war, and having the fear of being killed. Many actions and words in Soldier’s Heart and Red Badge of Courage show that there are many differences. Soldier’s Heart and Red Badge of Courage have many differences. At the beginning of Soldier’s Heart, Charley was really excited to go off to war, He was excited for all the “fame” and attention he would be receiving from everyone around him.
In the chapter “On the Rainy River”, pride drives O’Brien to make a decision that will change his life forever. He is deciding between fleeing to Canada or accepting the fact that he was drafted for Vietnam and go to war. He decided to go to the border of the United States and Canada, staying with a man named Elroy. Elroy becomes a silent stigma in Tim’s life, and his cabin helps Tim realize he has to go to war because there is too much pride in his heart not to. He explains, “I would go to war--I would kill and maybe die--because I was too embarrassed not to” (O’Brien 57).
O’Brien depicts a picture in which men are required to perform as brave soldiers, but they become overwhelmed and are consumed by their environment. O’Brien states “they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said Dear Jesus and flopped around on the earth” (18). He then continues to describe that after the chaos, they must compose themselves and put on a brave façade for each other. O’Brien is trying to emphasize to his readers that the men and women who fight in war are human- they carry their own emotional baggage and still react to fulfil social expectations of their roles as infantrymen. During the violence they can be seen reacting as humans.
He enlists into the regiment with immense dream, becoming a hero in the battle as the ancient Greek soldier did. He desires far from noble; Henry hopes that an impressive performance on the battlefield will immortalize him as a hero among men based on his dramatically belief. Ironically, Henry runs from his own intelligence in order to justify his cowardice by condemning the soldiers who escape from the battle are “wise enough to save themselves from the flurry of death." Henry's lack of a true moral sense aids Henry to restore his fragile self-pride If others call him a hero, he believes he is the one. His first focused desire to get good reputation makes him to distort the reality and his moral acknowledgement.
In Ender’s Game, Card includes that if Ender fails to defeat the enemies, then “there might not be a home”(292) he can return to for recovery. He isn’t able to realize that his loved ones will accept his true self--violent, declining, and a Third. In order to create hatred against him, he becomes reclusive and separates himself in order to prevent any harm from being done. He believes that his doing caused him to become defiant of his true nature; however, the fault should be placed on the hegemony, which had an influence on his by placing him in the Battle School and Command School. This feeling is able to tie in with a similar feeling child soldiers also feel in the present real world.
When he entered, he was foolish and weak, constantly battling his inner demons. At the beginning the thoughts of war constantly clawed at the youth, chewing away at his bravery. But as time, battles and losses came and passed he grew stronger. There are always three sides of a battle, your side, the opposing side and the biggest threat of all, your own internal side. Henry concurred his not only his part in the war, but his own war, and became no longer a boy,
He is excited to join and to serve his country, little did he know that war is an aberration. His whole world turns upside down; experiencing grief, and terror. This caused him to become very bewildered. "The wisest were just the poor and simple people. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy.
While the regiment managed to fend off another attack, they may have lost soldiers. Henry worried for himself above all and worried that whether if he stayed or not he would still die, regardless of the result of the battle. After the adrenaline rush of the first attack Henry came to his senses and feared for his life, knowing full well his chances of surviving another attack would be low. Especially now that he was caught off guard and was more scared than the first battle. Despite knowing his regiment might survive he was sure he wouldn 't and ran away to save his own life.