During this mission a firefight breaks out and the platoon leader Lieutenant Carroll is killed. This shocks and hurts the entire platoon, Richie was then made to write a letter home to Lieutenant Carrolls wife and family. As hopeful peace talks are happening Richie confronts the uncomfortable question of what he will do when he returns home. For his family is too poor to send him to college, his fa... ... middle of paper ... ...t war at the home front and how it affect the soldiers in Vietnam. Another key factor which was fascinating in this book was, when companies such as Richies would go out on patrol and only kill one or two vietcong, the report would say twice as many were killed to make the reports of the company and the war effort look better.
The devastating sounds of the soldiers dying, the ditches that they sit to hide in, the gas and weapons that are used in the attacks are all expressed for one to grasp the experience that a soldier lives. Erich demonstrates that no relationship can ever approach the intimacy of a soldier’s bond with other soldiers. The weeks, months, or years spent together make them a family and the only ones who understand what the life of a soldier entails. Towards the end of the novel, the reality of the trench warfare becomes clear. Paul explains the bloodiest battle against the French, which resulted in hundreds of casualties.
Many men died on their first day in the trenches as a consequence of a precisely aimed sniper's bullet. It has been estimated that up to one third of allie... ... middle of paper ... ... was in spite of the hardship a spirit of comradeship and high morale in the trenches. When fear and trauma got the better of some men their behaviour was seen as cowardice or weakness. Men were court-martialled and, in some cases, shot. This harsh attitude and military discipline no doubt had an effect on why men continued to fight - they had no other choice.
book, and by the end of the book we feel like we know exactly how Perry feels, and we have a understanding of some of the hardships that the soldiers faced in Vietnam. In this book, Perry kills a Vietnamese man in a hut he was supposed to check out, and from this point on he does a lot of thinking about why he is fighting in the war. From experiences like this Perry changes both physically and mentally. Also he does a lot of thinking about himself, and he asks himself what kind of person he is. Then Perry looks deep inside and asks himself with “all the dying around me, all the killing, was making me look at myself again, hoping to find more then the kid I was.
The death of this character symbolizes the death of every solider in Vietnam War, all were a friend, a member of a platoon and a death that haunted their comrades long after they were gone. Some of this symbolism represents guilt no matter the circumstances the soldiers find fault in their actions. Whether or not they had anything to do with the incident the event replays in their mind. How the things the fallen carried became his identity. His clothes and poncho became his shroud and his helmet his
Even though they were scared to go out and fight they did so anyway because, it was hard for these men to face the burden of emotion. When Ted Lavender died his fellow soldiers were indeed sad for his loss but, every single one of them was happy that it wasn't them who was dead. They can still live one more day deal... ... middle of paper ... ...something that O'Brien carries with him even after the war is over. For twenty years he has carried the guilt of killing someone. Further more, it just goes to show that soldiers not only carry physical things like guns, food or good luck charms.
After killing the soldier, he’s frightened even more shows remorse to the dead body. At the end, the majority of Paul’s friends have died one after another. Only Paul and his best friend Kat remain alive. Consequently, when Kat dies, it shocks Baumer, feels left alone. Finally, one day near the end of the war, an enemy soldier shoots and kills Paul.
The law... ... middle of paper ... ...ments and desensitized of their civilian mentality, making them walking, breathing killing machines. During war, this became apparent with the countless war crimes committed by soldiers; they were trained to not have any apprehension in regards to killing the Vietnamese, because they were “gooks” and of lesser form than a human. These violent events have scarred and traumatized some soldiers for the rest of their lives. Some soldiers have developed mental illnesses, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Some veterans will always live their lives damaged and in fear.
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.
All of this would change after the deployment to a land... ... middle of paper ... ...r and respect that he had learned while training had left him because of the way war is fought. The Vietnam War changed the way Caputo viewed war. After fighting, he saw the realities of war and became disenchanted with it. Seeing the unnecessary deaths caused, human suffering, and the longevity of the war made Caputo skeptical about the war. He felt that the United States was losing blood and treasure for a lost cause.