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.
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo shows the hard work and difficult tasks the men had to go through to prove themselves and protect their country. The war will change the men’s attitudes and the way they do everything. Men made sacrifices in the Vietnam War most people would never make in a lifetime, they will not just sacrifice but push themselves physically harder than most any other men. The men will also emotionally change from constantly watching other men die, or killing other men. The mens first kill was always the hardest for them, mentally they had so many thoughts of the other mans close ones back home and what they would go through and how it would be all their fault.
In the text, Bradbury states, “Forty thousand men, exhausted by nervous expectation. Unable to sleep for romantic dreams of battles un fought, lay crazily askew in their uniforms” ( Bradbury 168). This means the men were scared or had fear from the Battle of Shiloh by saying how they are unable to sleep and having dreams about the battles to come thinking if the still would live through them. The author also states, “More than 23,000 soldiers died during those two days at The Battle of Shiloh, At the time it was the bloodiest battle in American history” (Background 167). This shows the men feared the battle because they could be one more of the men adding into those 23,000 others.
Death is something that occurs often in a war due to the violence and dangerous areas. Everyone takes on the thought of someone dying in different ways, whether they maintained a close relationship with the person or not guilt could become an instant reaction of the persons' death because of a feeling of maybe being responsible for the death that occurred. The thought of maybe being responsible for one of the soldiers that you have spent day night serving with could leave an enormous amount of guilt in one person. When witnessing a death or anything traumatic it is easy to blame someone else or even yourself for the tragic accident. Multiple characters in the book The Things They Carried demonstrated the guilt and responsibility of another
Unfortunately, many of these obstacles proved to be too difficult for Odysseus’s men, and had taken the lives of them all and would have killed Odysseus if it had not been for the help of others. If the gods and others had not given these specific instructions and details for the obstacles along Odysseus’s journey, he might have never made it home, or even may have died along the way. Finally, Odysseus makes it home, but his troubles do not end here, because he has to fight the suitors whom have occupied his home since he’d been away at war. Throughout the odyssey, homer creates many scenes that depict the idea of “love,” defined by the coming together of two things to create life. Homer creates the idea of “love”, mainly through his use of Homeric similes and metaphors.
Thousands of people join our military and risk their lives to fight for their country. After many years of fighting in war, soldiers are no longer who they used to be. When they return home, they are looked down upon, treated badly, and aren’t given the treatment needed to recover. The struggles and obstacles these veterans face on their journey home and once they arrive forever face. In the epic poem, Odyssey by Homer, it shows the obstacles a soldier has to face on their journey.
“When a man has seen so many dead he cannot understand any longer why there should be so much anguish over a single individual.” (Remarque, 181) During the war, many soldiers may often become desensitized and not feel the emotions they would usually feel when a friend or comrade dies. The war causes them to have a feeling of loss; they lose their emotions and friends; they lose a part of themselves during the war. If the soldiers were to think about every single death that occurred they would go mad. There are so many deaths everyday that it makes them have to move on pretty quickly. Paul, the main character from Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on The Western Front, and Roland Gerard Garvin, known as Ged, a British soldier who often
Unfortunately, he was unable to see his family due to rebels attacking. His mental state was heavily damaged at that point. Waiting years to see your family again just to see them killed is truly depressing. When Ishmael started to train as a boy soldier, he soon became determined to avenge his family. This is shown when the lieutenant was brainwashing Ishmael, telling them to kill the one that killed their family.
To many people take the toll of war,to many lives have been taken from the toll of war.Families have been ripped apart by the toll of war and the stress that it puts on a family and others that live near it or in it.It has ripped apart famly bonds too. War is a heart smasher in this book My Brother Sam Is Dead.”Sam.There’ll be no more talk on this tonight.”(c.c 8)Father displays his anger towards Sam in this “fight”with him.Father is outraged at Sam because Sam is talking back at Father for talking about the rebels and the war. “Why does he always have to get in a fight with me?”(c.c 15)Sam thinks Father is picking on Sam to much because of the war and him going out playing “soldier boy” and not doing any work.Tim also thinks that Sam is lucky getting all of the glory from going to war and telling points.
They see soldiers and civilians dying, and are made kill others. Prisoners of war are often mistreated, and conditions for those who aren’t captured are still not given good living conditions. Many soldiers who live are injured and have near-death experiences. Billy Pilgrim, the main character from Slaughterhouse-Five, was emotionally scarred from the war, and therefore believed he was time-travelling. Little things would upset him or bring back memories of the war because of the ordeal through which he went.
These men were scared, untrained, and no longer hopeful for the future. They didn’t know what to expect from fighting in the war, other than death. As said by Tim O’Brien, “[I felt] sorry for myself, thinking about the war and the pig factory and how my life seemed to be collapsing toward slaughter. I felt paralyzed” (41). Most of these men were trapped in a war they had not intention in fighting in, one that could alter their future.
Additionally, his mind is under an excessive amount of stress. Paul is in the middle of a war, his mother is dying, his friends are dying, death surrounds him, and he has firsthand killed a man to protect himself and his hiding place. Mentally, he has experienced more stress and trauma than most of the people his age. His transition from reckless teenage years
World War Two was an extremely harsh and brutal for everyone involved. As many as fifty to eighty million people lost their lives in this time period, for the simple reason that they wanted others to be happy, healthy, and free; or more commonly, they were discriminated against for things they could not control. Soon after the war started, America swooped in with the intent and purpose to distribute equality, freedom, and justice throughout the world where it was not currently readily available (due to the repercussions and new worldviews caused by the war.) At least, that’s what most people think. Much like the cruel and horrific ongoings of what happened in Jewish Concentration Camps created for the Christians, Jews, Homosexuals, and their supporters; America had practiced similar ideals and treatment towards the Native Americans in our country long before this time.
World War I was a time in history, which left every family distraught over the loss of their sons, husbands, brothers, and the fathers National commemoration days; ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day allow for citizen to reflect and reminisce on the stories of war – those who returned, and those who were of the great sacrifice made. World War I was a time of great pain and sufferance, commemoration of such events allows for citizens to reflect on the great sacrifice which was made by many men and women across the nation. World War I was a time in history, which held great pain and sufferance for War was time in history, which has shaped Australia World War I was a time full of despair, it saw courageous soldiers valiantly defended our freedom,
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