People wanted to help at all means necessary because we were not going to let any one walk all over America. We used to have a sense of pride and character that I believe we don’t have anymore. We were fighting evil people like Hitler, Mussolini, Hideki Tojo, and the King of England. The Vietnam War was not glamorous nor did it produce many war heroes and heroic stories of courage and valor. We were not fighting a dictator on the verge of world d... ... middle of paper ... ...dn’t even cross most kids’ minds as being scary.
Finny realized that the injury to his leg was not going to be temporary but permanent in many ways. This injury prevented him from enlisting in the army. Finny was in denial about the war all the way up to the point in the novel when he saw that Lepper really had gone crazy. Finny believed that there was really a war from that point on because his theory was; it takes a war to make a man crazy. Gene had many aspects of the war to deal with in addition to his emotional stress.
The poem states that he went to war for “a lonely impulse of delight” and he did not care about any “cheering crowds” or “duty”. He did not see any meaning or point in the past, future or present and saw it all as a “waste of breath”. Wilfred Owen however is against war for a different reason: the needless deaths that are inevitably going to take place. He was a soldier in the Manchester regiment in World War 1 and had experienced the horrors of trenches first hand. After going through t... ... middle of paper ... ...their own choice and the picture painted in your head after reading the first two lines is not a pretty one (being shot down in the air an crash landing to your death).
Pilgrim was so stricken, because it seemingly never occurred to him that war affects your enemies and your friends. He again felt that same resentment and that same acceptance of the fact that this is what war would always be, and that war would always be. In this passage, Vonnegut uses music to help Billy Pilgrim come to a realization war touches everyone. Its affects reach far and wide, and they can be devastating. An entire city is wiped off the map, and again,
This also leads to Billy not caring about many things, knowing they will happen no matter what anybody does. As explained on the planet of Tralfamadore, Billy can not make any choices. The Tralfamadorians tell him that he lacks free will, saying "Only on Earth is there talk of free will" (109). One of the Tralfamadorians also said they were "trapped in another blob of amber" (108), referring to the fact that neither he or Billy can change anything in life, and that everything has been, is, and will be the same. The Tralfamadorians also know how the end of the universe will come.
For Krebs, lying led him to start rejecting his experience in war as being meaningful. “A distaste for everything that had happened to him in the war set in because of the lies he had told” (1). This indicates that Krebs feels he did something worthwhile and meaningful in the war. Krebs goes on to refer to this as “the one thing, the only thing for a man to do, easily and naturally” (1). Hemingway never tells what that one thing was.
In the story “Barn Burning,” Snopes’ ill manner erupted into arson. He appeared as the defiant worker. After destroying the landowner’s expensive rug, he refused to pay the ten bushels of corn and burned the landowner’s barn (18-21). His resort to fire symbolized his derogatory ways. Fire was his most destructive tool to facilitate his revenge.
He does not wish to see human suffering simply because he cannot accept it. This constant time travel that Billy undertakes never occurs at the moment the bombing took place. During the novel, when this event was approaching, the soonest Billy visited was the before the bombing. This disaster had a powerful impact on Billy since with his knowledge he had gained from Tralfamador, he understands that he cannot change that moment of his past. It brings more relief to him to “sustain his daughter’s scolding than it is to endure the fire-bombing once again.” (qtd.
Soldiers that luckily survive a horrific war often find their lives turned completely upside down since they enlisted, and sometimes it is just impossible to forget the vicious past and start over again as a civilian. Many older men believe that wars being fought are wars of dignity and glory, but truthfully, wars are battles of death and gore. The novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque expresses dramatically the negative effects of war. One idea that Remarque uses to de-glamorize the magnificence of war is that in a war, many innocent people die needlessly. In the novel, Paul Baumer, the main character and narrator, states that the war is not fun and heroic at all, but horrific and gruesome.
The catch is very well described when Yossarian states, “You don’t have to fly anymore missions if you’re crazy, but you have to... ... middle of paper ... ...y. It changes the world around them in a definitive way. In Billy’s case defeating the Germans was a cause of celebration but at the same time it was a time of mourning due to the bombing of Dresden. For Yossarian, countless lives were lost just so that Milo could make some extra cash. Milo took the war as a joke and didn’t care if his country won or lost the war.