War : Drug Or Life?

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War: Drug or Life? Throughout history, the necessity of war has always been shown apparent. Whether it be for a just cause and reason, or simply a blind rage and conquest of the heart, war never seems to cease in time and space. Due to the persistent nature of war, many people have become entranced by it and found a sort of purpose or meaning in their life because of war and violence. In The Iliad and the novel, Fives and Twenty Fives, it can be inferred through close analysis of the text that they become entranced by the addiction of war, and some go as far as to translate that addiction into their purpose in life. Whatever the case may be, the nature of the justness of war is an extremely vital factor in determining whether or not this feeling is an addiction for destruction or a calling in life for leadership or admirable support. If the war is unjust and is simply for the conquest of a lost item or honor, the outcome is usually that of an addictive, drug-like reaction towards war as a whole. This can be seen in The Iliad mainly in the minds of Menelaus and Achilles. Initially, Menelaus begun the war because of the loss of his wife to the Trojan, Paris. Instead of attempting to rectify the situation through means of peace and understanding and due to his previous encounters throughout his life, Menelaus immediately declares war against the Trojans because it is in his nature of life to resolve minor conflicts through larger conflict. In looking deeper into the drug like nature of war, Menelaus, like many others before and after him, saw it as necessary and a quick fix to satisfy the gain that he was looking for through brute strength and cunning tactics. In many ways, this satisfaction only lasted temporarily and, like in th... ... middle of paper ... ..., the drug of war had evolved into a deeper relationship with them, becoming their motivation for living and life as a whole whether by choice or necessity. However, the point stands that the interpretation of meaning in life versus the rush from a drug could be viewed and argued both ways, depending on the viewpoint of the interpreter. Assuming this statement is true, all four characters and every soldier ever to fight in a war all found a meaning in the war that they could translate to their lives, but at the same time felt a sort of insatiable rush that only the adrenaline of war could satisfy completely. This means that in The Iliad and the novel, Fives and Twenty Fives, it can be inferred through close analysis of the text that many characters become entranced by the addiction of war, and some go as far as to translate that addiction into their purpose in life.
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