Throughout war and particularly World War 1, soldiers may encounter atrocious, terrifying experiences that sometimes no one could even imagine possible. War’s brutality overall can be extremely damaging to those who have served, with the loss of comrades and scaring deaths, potentially causing psychological damage. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the group of men fighting and struggling for their country together overtime develop a special, strong bond with each other. When going through similar types of experiences, they are easily able to understand one another and eventually love and trust with a extreme bond like no other. The main character Paul Baumer and comrade Katczinsky especially express a powerful brotherhood, shown in many occasions.
Depicting the image of “strength of youth” in “Epitaph on a Soldier” serves to show how since the soldier was young in age, he should have been stronger and more likely to live because of his physicality (3). Tourneur does this to point out how war can take any life at any time and that one is never safe from war. Even though the author paints such a depressing image, he does this in order to support the comforting tone by reassuring in the next line that the soldier “welcomed” death and was ready to die
This causes the reader to feel admiration for him leading the country, but also empathy because he is struggling physically and emotionally. Tim O’Brian conveys the theme that war weighs heavily on a soldier. Through the total omniscient point of view, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is revealed as distracted, sentimental, and caring. It says in the story,
According to Infohio, “The stories he wrote were not directly about his son but about his experiences with death during the Civil War.” What may seem nonsensical, might actually be interpreted in a completely different manner by considering the era it is from. Without an understanding of the era, a full understanding of the piece will be impossible. According to InfOhio, “The physical setting, including the arrangements for the hanging and the actual location of the soldiers on and off the bridge, further enhances our belief in Farquhar's escape. Thus, the Civil War setting and the physical setting strengthen our sympathy for Farquhar and our belief in his escape.” Without historical context, we are only seeing a piece of the scene and not fully understanding the influence of the time and place in which a situation
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.
Sassoon was able to fight in May 1915. He was depressed because of the war but that did not stop him from doing his duty, for that courage he was a well-known man. Because of the fact that he appeared to be completely fearless; his friends called him “Mad Jack”. In Sassoon’s poem he gives descriptions that show the state of the soldier. In the first stanza we can see that the figure is “Groping along the tunnel, step by step” and in the third stanza we get the line “alone he staggered on…” These phrases point out the physical and physiological detachment, well known effects of intendance combat.
Repetition is used in t “pretending he was not in the war, pretending he had not watched Billy Boy Watkins die” (O’Brien 828) The author repeats many words and phrases in order to show the reader that rather than being brave and unaffected by the way he was trying to pretend as if he wasn’t in the dangerous situation so that he could overcome his fear. Informal word choice his eyes still wide open and scared stiff “The big soldier hissed at him to shut up” The author uses simple, everyday language in order to show the reader the realities of war from the point of view of the fearful soldier. Names of the characters: “Private First Class Paul Berlin” soldier died Billy Boy“ doctor “Doc Peret”. The names of the characters describe their position at war. While the narrator always states his name as a fool informal title, being a Private is actually a very low level beginning soldier, whereas the doctor who was educated and help a higher position is referred to as “Doc” and the life of the lost soldier is not respected with a heroic title of authority, but rather referred to by a nickname “Billy Boy”.
The novel primarily focuses on one of the schoolboys, Paul Bäumer, and the terrible tragedies Bäumer suffers throughout the war. Before Remarque’s novel, many war novels focused on the patriotism and welfare of war, omitting the dark reality that was
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.
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.
When one usually visualizes war, they imagine their army storming into battle with their flags raised high. They envision their troops easily overpowering the other size with as little casualties as possible. They believe in these powerful men and women to defend their country and honor successfully. Although they envision these powerful thoughts, most do realize that was is an ugly, horrendous thing. What they do not realize is that the people who stayed home in the comfort of their homes are sheltered from the worst of the situation.
One way to learn about life as a soldier is to take a deeper look, behind the red, white and blue and the cheers of victory. Crane gives us a deeper look, through his amazing characters. Henry Fleming 's, blinded from the true horrors of war enlisted, in hopes of glory from his fellow peers. As hours transformed to days, Henry 's fantasized life as a soldier shattered,