Erdrich continues to describe the impact on post-traumatic stress disorder on the family of Lyman’s of being alone. “I had been feeling down in the dumps about Henry around this time. We had always been together before. But he was such a loner now that I didn’t know how to take it” (Erdrich). Since his brother separated himself from his family physically and emotionally, Lyman began feeling lonely as if his brother had never returned to the war.
Who are the real victims of war? Unfortunately, many people ask themselves this question after they return home from battle as a completely different person as than they were before the devastation. Much of this group asking themselves this question were young when they enlisted, so they don’t know how to deal with the world they are in. Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front brings about this very group of young men during World War I. These boys are also vastly known as the Forgotten Generation, because they lost everything in the war so they were pushed aside.
Being left with his grandmother for most of his childhood, Newton developed a strong hatred for his stepfather and a longing for the attention of his mother. Newton’s mother did not return until he was years later after her second husband’s death. Upon his mother’s return, Newton was pulled from school to fulfill his duties on the family farm. Failing in this forced attempt, he later returned to school to prepare for admittance into Trinity College, Cambridge. “Admitted to the University of Cambridge on 1661, Newton at first failed to shine as a student.” (Ravilious) Through out Newton’s first three years at Cambridge, in order to pay his way through schooling, he waited tables and cleaned the rooms of faculty members, and also those of ... ... middle of paper ... ...to his calculation, he discovered he had somehow misplaced it.
This must have put a serious strain on his relationship with his family members, who in his own mind, obviously lived in a different world than he did. Before the war, his father did not even trust him with responsibility of taking out the family car. Now, on his return, his “father was noncommittal” and basically absent from his life, not to mention he is never actually present at any time in the story. The only time Krebs father is brought up in conversation, is by Krebs mother when she tells him that they both had discussed Krebs being able to take out the family car. Even when his mother reveals that it had been his father’s idea, Krebs replied “I’ll bet you made him” (139).
Prior to his metamorphosis Gregor was physically alienated from any semblance of a social life due to his job and financial obligation to his family afterward the transformation and he was deemed a burden to his family that he had provided for countless months he was psychologically isolated from them as well. Notably while he had finally been emancipated from his dreaded job as a salesman, instead of being filled with happiness he realized he has become a parasitic to his family and without being labeled as a provider they slowly began to turn against him only worsening his mental state and exile. The family dynamic of the Samsa’s only revolves around who can bring home the largest paycheck while allowing the rest of the family to reap the benefits. Prior to the metamorphosis Gregor’s family was parasitic and cared little for his quality of life as long as he was supporting the family. Once Gregor was incapacitated Mr. and Mrs. Samsa turned their attention towards Grete to take their son’s
This story tells of a man named Harold (nick name: Krebs) who joined the marines and has finally come back after two years. Krebs is a lost man who feels it’s too complicated to adjust to the normal way of living and is pressured by his parents. In “Soldier’s home” Krebs is completely different from when he left for the marines. He no longer sees the world the same. Instead he sees it as a place stuck in time with very little changes.
“ …four months after Danny’s death my parents still haven’t been able to put the pieces back together.” Gordy’s parents placed pressure on Gordy to make him feel partially responsible for Danny’s death, they were always pushing him to be more like Danny, especially when he was gone. They were unhappy with his friends and his attitude toward life. “Why can’t you have friends like Danny’s? Their alright Dad. What?