This rejection of society is fueled by the realization that the pre-enlistment society simply can not understand the reality of the Great War. Baumer then realizes that the only ones that can understand him are his comrades in the trenches. They become his new society and war his way of life. Remarque shows Baumer’s disaffiliation from traditional society by showing his views on the language used by both the pr... ... middle of paper ... ...extbook in a boring class. Baumer never finds this peacefulness; rather he finds the urge to get back to the war and his comrades that were still there.
However, this experience is not caused from something attributed to his time on the battlefield. Krebs struggles to stay true to himself and maintain his integrity, while trying to fit in again amongst the townspeople, as well as foster any type of romantic relationship. I believe war changed Krebs by showing him a new world beyond his small mid-western home town. Upon his return home, Krebs finds that the townspeople are not interested in hearing his stories about the war, but instead, “Krebs found that to be listened to at all he had to lie” (1). For Krebs, lying led him to start rejecting his experience in war as being meaningful.
The absence of morality in war can change a man to mimic the war itself, and in the current wars America is involved in, the same disillusionment is occurring. People both at home and involved in the war are losing their sense of patriotism because they cannot back a war they do not truly understand. When reading O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”, readers should take a way an understanding that war without purpose does nothing but ruin the credibility of the country as well as the mental stability of all of those involved. Work Cited O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: a Work of Fiction.
Here he is going on about how great the war is, but he later decides he doesn’t want to part of the war. Toward the end of the book, Brinker realizes that the war isn’t great, but in fact very brutal and unfair. Brinker is now changed forever. All the illusions that these three characters from A Separate Peace had are now gone and they were brought back to reality. They became totally different people.
Despite initially being in favor of the War and the principles alluding to its outbreak, the monotonous suffering led Owen quickly to reconsider. Owen saw these young men who were able to employ such camaraderie, love and affection towards each other, completely obliterated. This was what he depicted in his poetry, the waste and the ruin of war. What Owen and all those on the Front Line witnessed, lived through and were subjected to could never be comprehended by those at home or future generations. Owen used his poetry to give voice to his disillusionment with the War and its cruelty on the human race.
This indistinct finale to the fiasco reflects how in order to succeed in one situation; one must sacrifice and sin for the better and more desirable outcome. A person fights for reasons concealed to themselves, but are exposed in sacred revelations broadcasted publicly during the dissection of character. Reasons for enlisting and wanting to fight differ from man to man and conscious to conscious. In The Red Badge of Courage, Crane explains the realism of war and the literal (as well as implied) effects on men with impeccable accuracy. Crane emphasizes upon accusation, insanity and honor of war.
He indicates that a "happy" ending is not always required to please readers and transforms Vergil’s controversial ending into a straightforward conclusion by adapting Rodomont’s character to Turnus and Ruggiero’s character to Aeneas. When the hero’s foe poses a threat and proves capable of defending himself, we do not feel sorry for his death because the hero obviously must kill to defend his own life. We find comfort in Vergil’s ending by superimposing these interpretations and corrections by Ariosto into The Aeneid. Works Cited Waldman, Guido, trans. Orlando Furioso.
Kantorek would say We stood on the threshold of life And so it would seem We had as yet taken no root The war swept us away For the others, the older men, It is but an interruption, they are able to think beyond it We, however, have been gripped by it And do not know what the end may be We know only That in some strange and melancholy way We have become a wasteland What does war do to a man? It destroys his inner being; it crushes hope; it kills him. Experiencing battle leaves only the flesh of a man, for he no longer has a personality; it leaves a wasteland where a vast field of humanity once was. Through the main character, Paul Baumer, the reader experiences the hardships and consequences of war. During the course of the war, Paul reflects on how the young men involved in the war have no future left for them, they've become a "lost generation."
(159) But ultimately he will decide that he should have never gone on leave because it is just too hard to be around his family and see how different he has become. Bäumer finds that it is easier to remain out on the war front than return to his family. Before Bäumer gets leave to return to his family, he often discusses how the war has changed him and his comrades. However, he does not understand to the great extent in which he has changed until he returns to his old life. Seeing his family, his old home, his bedroom, his piano, and dressing in his old clothes is a direct confrontation with the distance the war has created between his old self and his new self.
Even the death room I no use anymore; it is too small.” The men who make it through the war take with them mental and physical scarification from their experiences. People who have actually been through war know how horrible it is. Society on the other hand, while it believes it knows the horrors of war, can never understand or sympathize with a soldier’s situation. The only people who can understand war is those who have been through it so they can often feel alone if they are out of the military. Paul cannot even give a straight answer to his own father about his dad’s inquiries about war.