He leads the audience to loathe Weary for this idea and therefore loathe war for its similar values. Vonnegut uses contrasting characters in Slaughterhouse Five to discourage his audience from war by signifying its absurdity. Billy Pilgrim, Edgar Derby, and Ronald Weary all show varying negative aspects of war through their own traits as well as events in their lives. Occurrences like extreme suffering caused by war, the injustice of war, and the cruelty of war reflect Vonnegut’s views. Vonnegut insists war is the wrong way to achieve power.
In the article "Regarding the torture of others", Sontag saw the war as being a process that was not wrong but that was turned upside down because of the immoral actions of the soldiers. All the characters in each text showed how war changes not just the picture of war but the emotions and reasons that change afterward.
The mundane, strident battles sunk the soldiers into depression and forced them into a submissive hopelessness. This pushed the soldiers towards precarious combat situations and dampened their ability to utilize reason over savagery in combat. The lies and ambiguity of those in command and the psychological toll of the war forced the soldiers into indefensible situations and broke down their moral judgment. “A man saw the heights and depths of human behavior in Vietnam, all manner of violence and horrors…” (Caputo 4) that disrupted and destructed a soldier’s ambitious notions of war with which th... ... middle of paper ... ... war to the falsifications of the commanders, the soldiers are backed into a corner where their submission wreaks havoc on their mental state. Psychologically, the soldiers are devastated by the Vietnam War Theater.
However, shortly after experiencing the grim brutality of war, Paul and his friends have realized that the ideals of nationalism and patriotism for which they enlisted are simply empty clichés. They no longer believe that war is glorious or honorable, and they live in constant physical terror. Throughout the novel, Paul’s inner personality is contrasted with the way the war forces him to act and feel. In order for any solider to survive the extreme emotional distress that is inflicted by the brutality of war,...
His meeting with Sara results in violence when he kills the three Federals who stole her pig and trashed her house. Whilst being ashamed of the killings he is able to deal with having the following thoughts, "Inman decided to view what was before him in this context: next to the field in front of the sunken road at Fredericksburg or the accumulated mess at the bottom of the crater, this was nothing. At either place he had probably killed any number of men more satisfactory in all their attributes than this Eben. Nevertheless, he figured this might be a story he would never tell." (Page 306) As the war draws on he becomes disillusioned with the idea of patriotism and longs only to return home to Cold Mountain as he finds his surroundings to be vile compared to his homeland.
He began to loose his sanity watching both the enemy lines and his own men trusting no one. In an attempt to justify the fight with Struck, he breaks his own nose along with yelling and shooting off rounds of ammunition. The fear that built up inside of Jenson causes him to be alienated from the rest of the Army. Unlike the prior story, in "Friends," fear helps to bring Jenson and Struck closer together. They are both afraid of returning from the war dismembered in some fashion.
An example of Paul acting irrational because of the effect war had on him was when he was in the trenches and all of a sudden, a French soldier comes into the trench and Paul immediately stabs him without thinking about, for Paul is scared and emotionally scarred. After stabbing him, Paul leaves him alone to let him bleed to death. In that part of the story, Paul regains a little bit of his emotions because after he stabbed the man, he starts to feel very guilty about it. He tries to talk to the dead man and help the man’s wounds. When Paul looks at the mans wallet, he finds some information about the soldier and realizes that the soldier was very much like himself, the only difference was that they were fighting on different sides.
People bring consequences on themselves when they make bad decisions and have bad desires. Invisible prisons are depicted in Grendel, by John Gardner, and in “Th’ Assyrians’ King, in Peace with Foul Desire”, by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. King Hrothgar feels like he is locked up with no escape through Grendel’s torturing and the Assyrian King also feels trapped. They both bring it on themselves and do not appreciate the consequences that come with their faults. In Grendel, Hrothgar feels tortured by Grendel because all of his warriors and people are being killed slowly by Grendel.
Unfortunately, he is blinded by guilt to these qualities. “Looking out toward the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ll is not merely a phenomenon, but an unquestionable force which acts upon these young men beset by the war. These men are transformed into guilt-laden soldiers in less than a day, as they all grapple for a way to come to terms with the pain of losing a comrade. In an isolated situation, removed from the stressors, anxieties, and uncertainties of war, perhaps they may have come to a more rational conclusion as to who is deserving of blame. But tragically, they cannot come to forgive themselves for something for which they are not even guilty.
Fussel opposes the notion of the “good war” and tries to make people understand that war was messy and very cruel, it was by no means a good thing. He shows the everyday reality of the soldiers that fought in this war, including errors and fear that they were trying to numb by extreme alcohol consumption and sex. He emphasizes the negative influence of the war on the mental state and intellect. He talks also about the loss of individuality and becoming just a faceless soldier. The author focuses on the psychological effect that the war had on the American soldiers.