Of course things were scripted especially when Ted Lavender died. It had happened unexpectedly and if they didn’t have something planned to do while they were coping they would all have broken down especially Lieutenant Cross. Cross... ... middle of paper ... ...n amnesiac nation into “working through” its troubled past.” (Bly ,189) Story telling was the soldier’s salvation, their survival method. Being able to tell their stories let them express everything they were feeling and ultimately cope with the horrors of war and the guilt the carried. Bibliography Bloom, Harlod.
Even the rooter blades whipping cold air around like an air-conditioner, you begin to sweat.”(Wesley) The extremely tense and hard times at war made it hard for the men to find a happy place to just relax and escape for awhile. Unless you were lucky enough to have someone or something special to fantasize about back home. For example, Cross uses the pebble to escape from his duties as a soldier by day dreaming about Martha. In conclusion “The Things They Carried" helped recognize particular aspects of the war as it associated with the soldiers and their lives individually and collectively. Through his story, O'Brien described the overall mood of the war and the soldiers involved.
There are often misleading glorified ideas told to people when they first join the war. They are told they will be seen as strong, brave, and somehow immortal. It is seen as a great honor to serve one’s country during war but not everything is as it seems. The gruesome reality of war is often times unacknowledged when recruiting new people. Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce est Decorum et” paints a horrific image of the blood-shed and horror behind war.
I will be commenting on the underlying subtext, literary devices, and craft of the writer as well as making connections between Owen’s personal experiences and this poem. Owen bases his poems on personal experiences, as he fought in the trenches, at a young age during the First World War. He had witnessed the brutality of war as well as had strong opinions about how the society functioned during that time period. He held a tense grudge against society and his poems were very clearly identified as being anti-war. The fact that his poems were written from his own involvement in the war contributes greatly to the overall effectiveness in promoting his anti-war message.
While Henry is dealing with all of his emotions they are moving into war. 	The book Red Badge of Courage is insightful because it gives great detail about the hardship of war, the physical and emotional side of it. It shows how a young solider of the Civil War would have felt and also it shows all his fears. It is not just about war and the fighting, the book gives details about the camp and the other soldiers that Henry Flemmings interacts with. Stephen Crane has a unique writing style because it is very symbolic and it paints a lot of pictures for you.
Baumer tells a story about fighting for their own sanity as well as their country. As the war begun, he and his friends got an real look at what the war was truly about. This book shows the conflict coming during the actual war, the boys use their spirits to try to overcome it. But the mind against reality that is described in the books, gives them a reality check on how life really is. During the beginning of the book, Remarque explains the boy's job, relating it to how hard it is to be in the war.
It is interesting when discussing WW1 poetry to examine how attitudes to war at the time may have influenced the poets. Before WW1 war was generally viewed as a positive thing. Many young men followed a career in the army and saw it as something of an adventure. The horrors of WW1 changed many people’s attitudes to war, the mechanisation of warfare led to millions of casualties and this resulted into a general realisation that war wasn’t a glorious adventure. Many soldiers wrote powerful poems about the reality of war as they wanted the truth to be known.
Grief, terror, love,” (O’Brien 608). The author begins the paragraph of this short story with, “They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die” (O’Brien 608). The soldiers seem to be terrified of causing the death of someone else than they are of dying themselves. At the beginning of the short story, O’Brien outlines all of the items the soldiers carry physically, including their “emotional baggage”. For some of the soldiers, their “emotional baggage” might be things they left postponed back at home, such as Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’s love for Martha.
The torment and terrible conditions that the soldiers had to put up with, in "Dulce Et Decorum Est," and how the soldiers began to think that it would be easier to end their lives in war than to live through another day of horror, explored in "Aterre." The title "Exposure" says enough about the dangers in the trenches, the risk of death and exposure to the enemy and exposure the natural elements. Owen describes the intensity of the "merciless iced east winds" that cut through the soldiers like a knife. Creating a vicious imagery of trench c... ... middle of paper ... ...his poem "Wild with All Regrets" Owen describes how "here in this coffin of a bed," his regret is that after so much time being trapped in the trenches with so much time to just sit and think, it is only now that he appreciates life and how important it is. The comparison with "Regeneration" is that Prior, Sassoon and the others are still trapped and still have hours to think of what it is they have and are missing by being locked up in Craiglockhart.
Their wants and needs, the constant worry of death were just a few of the emotional baggage they carried. During the Vietnam War, like all wars, there were hard times. Being a soldier wasn’t easy. Soldiers always see death, whether it be another soldier or an enemy. In “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien explores the motivation of solders in the Vietnam War to understand their role in combat, to stay in good health, and accept the death of a fellow soldier.