It didn’t take Billy long to realize after being a POW in Germany that there is no good outcomes when it comes to war. After he returned home from the war he tried to distance himself from everyone around him. He would constantly have flashbacks thinking about his experiences and the pain he went through. When Billy was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge he realized the only way he could cope with the hard times was to use death as an escape. When times got tough after the war he also turned to death as an escape.
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.
Baumer never finds this peacefulness; rather he finds the urge to get back to the war and his comrades that were still there. Remarque wrote a great novel, I would not consider this to be a universal novel. This shows the torments and terror of war but I do not think that you have a full feeling of the truth in it. Paul Baumer is a young man thrown into a world in which he thinks is a glorious thing but realizes that lies and trickery have led him to where he is. After all that Baumer goes through, he is left with the point of view that: war is war.
Sheltered from the real world, and especially the Vietnam War. The war changed Henry, it taught him to worry and to never trust anyone around him. Henry watched people die, and knowing that he made it home hurt him. It hurt him because in his mind it should have been him and not his friends. Lyman had a sense that Henry was already dead from the war.
Throughout the novel, one of the author's style of writing was to jumble events up, ranging from Billy’s experiences in war to his simplistic life as an optometrist. In each and every instant that something similar happened between two moments in his life, Billy would either jump forward in time or go back, as far as his birth. One particular distinct event that should have made Billy rewind to but did not was the horrendous Dresden bombing. That dreadful and fearful event that arose as his time as a prisoner of war was much to gruesome to endure more than the initial time. He does not wish to see human suffering simply because he cannot accept it.
Since O’brien can not “[find] the courage” to talk to others about the way he is feeling, he writes down stories that capture his emotional essence in a way that provides a self-release (52). Likewise, when O’brien’s daughter Kathleen “asks [him] if he had ever killed anyone”, he cannot find a way to respond anything more than “Of course not” (125). Though he wants to “to tell her what happened, or what [he] remembers happened”, he cannot find a way to tell her. According to O’Brien “this is... ... middle of paper ... ...nd psychological change that war can cause on strong individuals. Through the stories of these characters, O’Brien wants to ensure that his readers will not go to war.
All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front shows the change in attitudes of the men before and during the war. This novel is able to portray the overwhelming effects and power war has to deteriorate the human spirit. Starting out leaving you're home and family and ready to fight for you country, to ending up tired and scarred both physically and mentally beyond description. At the beginning of the novel nationalist feelings are present through pride of Paul and the rest of the boys. However at the end of the war it is apparent how pointless war really is.
7 P.141). The fact that he does not wish to speak with his parents shows Baumer’s movement away from the traditional institution of the family. His mother finally speaks to him and asks, “ was it very bad out there, Paul?” (Ch.7 P. 143) However, Baumer cannot respond to his mother’s question: he understands that the experiences he has had are so overwhelming that “ civilian language”, or any language at all, would be ineffective in describing them. Trying to replicate the experience and horrors of the war via words is impossible, Baumer realizes this and so he lies, and is able to restore his family’s faith in him. Any attempt at telling the truth would, in fact, trivialize its reality.
At several points in the novel, Brett and Jake imagine what their lives could have been like together, had he not been injured during the war. Thus, his physical injury gives him emotional distress because he cannot have a relationship with the woman he always wanted. The traditional American perception of... ... middle of paper ... ...ositive combat experience if they have a positive attitude. Although Hemingway accurately illustrates the negative impact war has on soldiers emotionally, but he fails to address any positive learning experiences a soldier may have. Works Cited Spiller, Roger J.
The Forgotten Age of men in WWI had to return to a harsh, unforgiving world in which they had no experience. Old men had it better off, because they knew how to deal with their pain and stress from the war. Unfortunately, the young men could not handle their emotions so they could go into the normal world. To these lamentable young men the world was foreign and strange, many of them did not return from the war but the few that did faced more hardship than their fallen comrades. Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front showed the true inner battle of emotion, these young men went through during and after the war that the prepared, older soldiers did not face.