War has a definite effect on the mentality of a soldier, so much so that many result in insanity during or after the leave of combat. Timothy Findley’s The Wars, portrays the “stupidity, futility and the horror of the terrible losses of the First World War, describing war as an image of the worst that can be within a man” (Anne Nothof Interview). Findley portrays mental aspects as well as physical, that lead to Robert Ross’ demises, specifically, the conditions of war, overall aspect of war taking someone’s life and the feeling of loneliness and silence. Soldiers in the war had to face obscure battlefield each and every day along with the chaos that led toward a broken land, which took its toll physically on the men, especially Robert. “When the mines went up the earth swayed.
Often times, the noble idealists perpetrate or agitate for out of a misplaced sense of duty, honor, or masculinity. These notions are clearly portrayed early in The Red Baron. However the true nature of war always rears its ugly head; as the film progresses the idealism of war fades away and all the protagonist is left with is the brutal reality.
It was hard and is still difficult to appose war now. Rise Against’s song Hero of War and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est can be compared through the problems with war, the unnecessary glorification of war, and breaking from what society thinks of war. Through both works of art there is a general consensus on the terror of war. There are many problems with war that are shown in Hero of War. War crimes are a major problem with any war.
The guilt, shame and, regret fills the empty voids that are left within them. When going to war an individual expects to kill someone, although, the physical act of killing another person takes an emotional toll on a person. Various veterans return suffering from PTSD and without a cure. There is no definite cure for PTSD for the reason that everyone 's brain is different and every individual 's case is unique to themselves. “Moral Injury” can be viewed as a representation of what Tim O’Brien encounters in “The Man I Killed.” What David Linley went through changed his life for the worse.
Everyone was scared to go to war when it started. Young recruits were first sent because the veterans knew they were going to come back dead. "When we run out again, although I am very excited, I suddenly think: “where’s Himmelstoss?” Quickly I jump back into the dug-out and find him with a small scratch lying in a corner pretending to be wounded.” (P 131) Even the big men like Himmelstoss are scared to go fight. They too go through the mental illnesses like stir crazy and shell shock. “He is in a panic; he is new to it too.
Most of what was published then was about the war and it's affects. Authors were disappointed by the experience of war and, although they did not write directly about the war, their writing reflects an anti-authoritarianism that derives from their experiences. Literature has changed to be as we know it today, from the beginning of World War I to the end or World War II. The First World War, The Great War between Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria) and Allies Powers (Russia, France, Britain, Italy, and the United States) started in July 1914 and ended in November 1918. It changed the people and their point of views; writers changed their subjects and their literary techniques, readers changed their taste and expectations.
War can be defined as conflict and battle. Wars are waged intentionally to destroy bonds between relationships, however, there are also wars that occur within oneself. These wars negatively affect the mentality of humans as it is able to manifest conflicts within the mind. Through the use of literary devices such as: tone, mood, imagery and pathos, writers Paul Boyer, Tim O’Brien, and Kenneth W. Bagby are able to convey the idea that war has a substantial impact on the self. In the texts written by these authors, the notion that war is affects the self the most is apparent.
Baumer transformed from a rather innocent romantic to a hardened and somewhat bitter veteran. He was changed for the worse by the war. He became disaffiliated with all icons or people that had been the foundation of his pre-enlistment days. Communication with his parents, friends, elders, as well as the recollection of school, and religion were lost. This rejection of society is fueled by the realization that the pre-enlistment society simply can not understand the reality of the Great War.
The Vietnam War was a horrific war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. There were many causes for the Vietnam War from both the North and South side. There were also many emotions during the war for United States citizens, Vietnam citizens and soldiers of the war for both Americans and Vietnamese. United States couldn’t help but get into the war. They had to intervene which brought tons of good and bad things to the United States.
Later, when Henry returns from war a scarred and changed man, he loses his usual interest in the convertible, as well as in Lyman. In return, Lyman bangs the car up, as a result of feeling neglected. The car portrays the "banged up" relationship he feels between his brother and him. When Henry discovers the car, as well as his relationship with Lyman is damaged, he confronts Lyman, "When I left, that car was running like a watch. Now I don't even know I can get it to start again, let alone get it anywhere near its old condition."