The Tragedies of War

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Regardless of how advanced society may become the savage and primordial ways of war always generates the same tragedies. There have been many ways that people have tried to bring this issue to the attention of the public. They used things such as the media, stories and films to show the brutality of war. Wolfgang Petersen used his power as a director to illustrate his disapproval for war. Although upfront the film may seem like it is purely for entertainment, if one were to take a closer look it really exhibits the cruelty of war and not just of the Trojan war but of all wars. Petersen's expresses his distaste for war through the depiction of immoral and corrupt leaders' desire for power at any cost, the anguish of men forced to fight in order to protect their homes or their honor and the damaging influence of a society on its young men to procure eminence by completing impossible feats in battle. The first way Petersen divulges his animosity towards war is when he shows Agamemnon's insatiable yearning for power and his willingness to do anything at all to obtain it no matter what the cost may be. Although most people would avoid a violent war, a monstrous leader like Agamemnon would believe it to be worthwhile in order to have more power. Agamemnon says to Menelaus, “Peace is for the women and the weak. Empires are forged by war” (Troy). Agamemnon believes that the only way to gain power is to start a war even though many lives would be lost but he does not care. Another example of a power-hungry leader in the more recent past would be none other than Adolf Hitler. Hitler wanted to create a supreme race and he had anyone who stood in his way annihilated without a single sign of remorse. The onslaught continued until 1945: “... ... middle of paper ... Petersen tries to bring to attention the sad fact that many of the people that unnecessarily lost their lives in battle joined the fight solely to make their names known and gain a greater respect in life. There have been many wars for a numerous amounts of different reasons with an array of war tactics and a variety of weapons but the tragedy brought about by the wars remains the same. Works Cited A Teachers Guide to The Holocaust. Florida Center for Instructional Technology. n.p. 2005. Web. 18 Oct. 2010 “Honor, Courage, Commitment.” Marine Officer. U.S. Marine Corps. n.p. 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010. Mount, Steve. “Constitutional Topic: Martial Law.” U.S. Constitution Online. n.p. 24 Jan. 2010. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Troy. Dir. Wolfgang Petersen. Perf. Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Peter O'Toole, and Diane Kruger. 2004. DVD. Warner Bros. 2004.
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