Point of View Analysis of “The Things They Carried” Some people can tell stories better than others. In the same way, the point of view is extremely important to the effect of the story. This is very evident in the story, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian through which uses a total omniscient point of view. In the story, all the characters are soldiers in the Vietnam War. 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.
Is it the stresses of war and inadequate job training? In addition, could it be untreated PTSD that keeps veterans from being productive once back in civilian life, thus causing the risk of homelessness? PTSD is one of the leading problems leading to homelessness among our veterans. As a veteran, myself, I understand the day to day struggles to come to grips with some things that were experienced as a soldier. For example, seeing fellow soldiers shot or killed, or the people you’re there to help turn on you, it’s a living nightmare.
It showed that people can defend their country simply by saving lives instead of killing and that it is possible to maintain a belief, not let others undermine your faith, and be an exceptional, courageous human being even under extreme peer pressure, which is a problem in today’s society. The way Desmond was treated and the military’s response to him being a “conscientious objector” infuriated me; he proved through his actions that conscientious objectors are just as beneficial as any other soldier, maybe even more in Desmond Ross’s case. I think that the term conscientious objector is very demeaning and should not be the term that describes Desmond or other men like him; I believe, like Desmond stated himself, that they should be designated as conscientious cooperators, because just because they hold certain beliefs they are not objecting to serve their country. I have not seen the movie Hacksaw
The irony in that is shown by the way they do actually have the “long run” in mind while making their decisions by picking a branch that will ensure their lives. In John Knowles’ novel, “A Separate Peace” the author uses rhetorical devices to describe how Brinker, Gene, and Mr. Hadley view which branch of the military the boys should enlist in. It is obvious that the author supports Mr. Hadley’s view of picking the more honorable route that ensures fame and glory in the end instead of their lives. An argument between the boys and Mr. Hadley breaks out as Brinker and Gene attempt to defend themselves.
Referring to ADP 1 chapter 2-17, “Army professionals are duty-bound to uphold their oath, embody the Soldier’s Creed and Army Civilian Creed, and instill the Army Values in themselves and others. This is our collective ethos – the moral principles that define our profession. The gentlemen in Sergeant Barnes’s platoon lacked the Army Values, which led them to lower standards. (Army Publishing Directorate, 2012) It is the responsibility of all soldiers to ensure that war crimes are being reported.
Heller creates an illogical and impractical situation for all the soldiers through Captain Black’s “Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade” (122) in order to draw attention to the paradox soldiers are frequently caught up in: to be blindly loyal to a country which was founded upon individualism. Captain Black cannot see the irrationality of his crusade, claiming “people who were loyal would not mind signing all the loyalty oaths they had to” (113). Heller parallels Black’s crusade to McCarthyism and the loyalty to America that McCarthy demanded; however, Heller pulls the example to the extreme. (The name “Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade” itself hints at its ridiculousness.) He drives the crusade deeper into an impossible dilemma by forcing the soldiers to sign one oath, then two “then three, then four” (113).
We Were Soldiers also shows how men honorably fought to carry out their mission, followed orders, gave respect to commanding officers and each other. We Were Soldiers shows what it is like for families back at home and what some wives had to go through. We Were Soldiers also portrays the enemy they were fighting, North Vietnam, just as human as the Americans were and not some kind of monsters that only wanted
It is important for a Non Commissioned officer in the United States Army to fallow the value duty so that his subordinates and peers know that that particular Non Commissioned officer will get the mission done whether it be tasking soldiers out to clean the barracks or carrying out a convoy operations mission while deployed. Respect is the ability to show proper customs and curtsies to each other regardless of rank or whether or not you may or not like that person. The reason it is good for a Non Commissioned Officer in the United States Army to able to show that they have the value respect is because, If your soldiers see you standing at parade rest all the time for a Non Commissioned Officer and the position of attention for all officers your soldiers will follow your habits and will most likely do as you
I really enjoyed reading your post – you’ve brought up some really good and crucial points. These soldiers have risked their lives to protect our county, so it is only right and fair for our country to provide them the services and treatment that they deserve if suffering from PTSD. I also agree with you over how we need to let these veterans know that it is absolutely normal to feel distressed about what they had to experience. We should definitely not belittle them or make them feel like they are being overdramatic. PTSD is a serious disorder and should not be taken lightly.
Sinise boasts a long record of supporting the troops through the band and his own individual efforts. For his contributions, Sinise has been recognized on multiple occasions--including being the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal. One of Sinise’s strongest initiatives has been for a memorial to the millions of disabled veterans in America. In an interview with the Army in 2007 Sinise noted, "Each time I visit our wounded I 'm struck by their humility, their courage, determination, their acceptance and their dedication to our country and their fellow warriors.” To provide every serviceperson and their family a good time, the band aims to give something to everyone with an array of songs ranging from “Locked Out of Heaven” to “Smoke on the Water.”
The second chapter contrasts current obsessions with physical fitness (taken to dangerous extremes by some body builders) with Stoic indifference to the body -- the body is external to happiness, and is to be regarded as a tool, to be kept in good condition, to be sure, but not valued for its own sake. Here the resonance with a military outlook is clear: physical fitness is a duty because of its role in mission readiness, and further, given the high risks to which the body is subjected, one can see some appeal in regarding it as a preferred indifferent. Yet Sherman pulls back: Drawing on anecdotes of soldiers who have lost limbs or suffered other disfiguring injuries, she argues that while Stoicism has much to offer in service of recovering