The Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger once said “Perjor est bello timor ipse belli”, which translates to: “the dread of war is worse than war itself”. With this quote, Seneca identifies that war has both its physical and mental tolls on its participants. The psychological and emotional scars of war do much more damage to a solider than the actual physical battles. Tim O’ Brien repeats this idea many years later in his novel “The Things They Carried”, by describing how emotional burdens outweigh the physical loads that those in war must endure. What keeps them alive is the hope that they may one day return home to their loved ones. Yet, the weight of these intangible “items” such as “grief, terror, love, longing” overshadow the physical load they must endure since they are not easily cast away.
A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain ...
Another unique aspect to this book is the constant change in point of view. This change in point of view emphasizes the disorder associated with war. At some points during the book, it is a first person point of view, and at other times it changes to an outside third person point of view. In the first chapter of the book, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien writes, “The things they carried were largely determined by necessity (2).
As students we are brainwashed by ancient myths such as The Iliad, where war is extolled and the valorous warrior praised. Yet, modern novels such as Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried (THINGS) challenge those very notions. Like The Iliad, THINGS is about war. It is about battles and soldiers, victory and survival, yet the message O'Brien gives us in THINGS runs almost contradictory to the traditional war story. Whereas traditional stories of war take place on battlefields where soldier battles soldier and the mettle of man is tested, O'Brien's battle occurs in the shadowy, private place of a soldier's mind. Like the Vietnam War itself, THINGS forces Americans to question the foundations of their beliefs and values because it calls attention to the inner conscience. More than a war story, O'Brien's The Things They Carried is an expose on personal courage. Gone are the brave and glorious warriors such as those found in the battle of Troy. In THINGS, they are replaced by young men who experience not glory or bravery, but fear, horror, and a personal sense of shame. As mythic courage clashes with the modern's experience of it, a battle is waged in THINGS that isn't confined to the rice-patties, jungles, and shit-fields of Vietnam. Carrying more than the typical soldier's wares, O'Brien's narrator is armed with an arsenal of feelings and words that slash away at an invisible enemy that is the myth of courage, on an invisible battlefield that is the Vietnam veteran's mind.
Earnest Hemmingway once said "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." (Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference) War is a gruesome and tragic thing and affects people differently. Both Vonnegut and Hemmingway discus this idea in their novels A Farewell to Arms and Slaughterhouse Five. Both of the novels deal not only with war stories but other genres, be it a science fiction story in Vonnegut’s case or a love story in Hemingway’s. Despite all the similarities there are also very big differences in the depiction of war and the way the two characters cope with their shocking and different experiences. It is the way someone deals with these tragedies that is the true story. This essay will evaluate how the main characters in both novels deal with their experiences in different ways.
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tré Cool and guitarist and backing vocalist Jason White. Green Day is one of the worlds best-selling groups of all time, selling over 75 million albums worldwide. They are best knowen for their realease of the song "American Idiot" on September 20th 2004 which can be found on their "American Idiot" Album. American Idiot quickly became popular worldwide and created a lot of contrivercy because people believe that it is anti-American due to its title and harsh sarcastic comments throughout the song. However, if you pay attention to the lyrics you may see that in many ways the song is highly patriotic.
Star Trek into Darkness: Fighting Against the Time
J.J. Abrams’s science fiction and action film, Star Trek into Darkness, is an entertaining piece of work and gives a concept of belief and ritual throughout the movie. In this respect, a key message in this film is that trust and honesty are essential for a team’s success. This aspect of belief and ritual can be supported by Malory Nye, Religions the basics. I shall analyze the means in which “belief [,] reductionism” (Nye, 108) and “rituals [,] symbolism” (Nye, 135) relate in the film as I emphasize on the ideas presented by J.J. Abrams.
F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the best novels in American history. The book named “The Great Gatsby” is about this mysterious individual named Jay Gatsby who is very wealthy and famous. Gatsby from a very young age despised poverty and had big dreams for himself. Gatsby was not lucky enough to have been born to a wealthy family and because of his lust for money he got involved with organized crime and bootlegged alcohol. The narrator and self-proclaimed author of the book is Nick Carraway who is also a next door neighbor of Jay Gatsby and is very confident and honest person. Jay Gatsby is a one confused man who is stuck between past and future and cannot get over the fact that time has changed and now he can rekindle his past relationship with Daisy.
Short Answer Identification Questions (50 Points)
3. The stark contrast between the non-violent and civil disobedience stance of the Civil Rights Movement and the self-reliance and self-defense stance of the Black Power Movement is best exhibited through the legacy of Robert F. Williams. Williams was the leader of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1956. Williams’s militancy culminated in his admission to the National Rifle Association and the formation of the Monroe Black Guard, a self-defense group developed to provide protection for Black residents in the town. Williams was candid in his stance on self-defense.
When one thinks of the term “Black Power” what is first thought that comes to one’s mind? To answer this question successfully one must understand the complexity of the term and the larger movement of the Black Power. Depending on the organization, Black Power can refer to self-cultural awareness, self-expression of blackness, and self-embracement of the Black identity. For other organizations, Black Power can refer to self-preservation through violence and Black supremacy over all other races. This complex definition of “Black Power” highlights the complex nature of Black Power organizations. One of the most prominent organizations of the Black Power Movement, the Black Panther Party adhered to the definition of Black Power as a promotion of self-awareness. Whereas, its “successor”, the New Black Panther Party has been known for its supremacist and venomous ideology. How, then, are these two organizations then related? Why, if the two organizations have similar names, would the definition of “Black Power” be so stanchly different? While the Black Panther Party and the New Black Panther Party share a common name, this connection is the only plausible point when comparing the two groups. The Black Panther Party and the New Black Panther Party are a separate as Blacks and Whites were in Jim Crow Birmingham. They are distinct entities with completely opposite agenda and methods toward obtaining goals that should not be mistaken for one another.