What do his responses to the dilemma reveal about his personality? Because he left his rifle on the German soldier’s body, if he don’t return he will be unarmed, and killed by other German soldiers just like how he killed the German soldier. He is smart, clam, brave because he can identify the situation quickly and come back to “meet” the German soldier again, although he is still scared. Discuss the narrator’s capture and treatment of the prisoners. To what extent was it an act of heroism?
However Candy later regrets letting Carlson shoot his dog for him as he says ….. “I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog”- The shooting of the dog foreshadows the death of lennie. Candy’s final comment about the dog truly influences George’s decision to kill Lennie. Later George will shoot Lennie to spare him from the unbridled violence of candy. For both, death is to be seen as a merciful release.
In O’Brien’s ‘How To Tell A True War Story’, the story he tells us about Rat Kiley shooting the baby water buffalo both disturbs and intrigues. The act itself is without a doubt horrific, but it does not elicit a response of disgust. The question itself remains however, why did he shoot the buffalo in the first place? Rat’s actions were not random, pointless cruelty, but are in fact indicative of a much deeper, more complex emotional state. We must eliminate several more obvious answers first, but we can find that Rat Kiley is trying to reconcile what he is feeling with the situation he finds himself in.
Shelter plans meticulously and practises his facial expressions so he can act empathetic and lure the down-and-outs into his house. He solves his biggest problem - the disposing of the bodies - by keeping them under the floorboards. Later in the book he refers to the victims as 'the Camden Horizontals'; this is the army he wants to create with "volunteers" only. Shelter is the main antagonist of the
The thought always in their head that beyond any field of grass or behind any tree the enemy could be waiting. John Wade the protagonist of the story found himself witnessing first hand how horrid war can be and what it can make out of individuals. He saw his whole company turn into evil selfless animals who raped and murdered the innocent and weak. In the novel, In The Lake Of The Woods by Tim O'Brien, small footnotes were attached at the end of each important chapter which give the reader clues and symbolic twists that made the novel somewhat unpredictable. The Footnote I chosen explains related truth on the Vietnam War, symbolizes what John Wade witnessed, and finally how it portrays the rest of the novel.
In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front the reader can infer that the narrator Paul Baumer as we know him in the novel is very different from Paul Baumer before he experienced war. He had plans to write a play and a love of literature that was lost after experiencing the horror of life in the trenches. It is shown in his apparent aestheticism, inability to fantasize beyond reality, and his lack of faith in the human race. The things Paul experienced truly changed his life. Throughout the novel Paul seems to leave his emotions behind in order to survive.
This speech is different from the others in that he uses very vivid and disturbing images when he is trying to convince the governor to surrender his city. Although this speech does use Henry’s same rhetoric he isn’t leading anyone in a sense. He actually says that if the city doesn’t surrender he will lose control of his army and they will go off and do whatever they want. Henry says, “ your infants spitted upon pikes”(38) which draws a not so pleasant image. It almost leads us to question Henry’s morals if he is willing to kill infants.
It has lent us the indifference of wild creatures.” (274) Paul abhors the fact that he and his fellow comrades have to switch of their compassion ,and behave like animals in order to cope with the horrors of the war and because they were not passionate at all in the war and are only motivated by food and friends they only focus on the negatives of the war and fail to search for a silver lining. Patriotism should not mean that one should get blinded by the love one has for his/her country and accept everything it does. After coming across captured Russian prisoners Paul in particular starts to question the war and its cause as he notices the similarities between himself and the prisoners. He came to realize that these people who struggled and were in pain just like him have become his enemies just because of a decision made by men with power who have never seen the front. “Their life is obscure and guiltless...A word of command has made this silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends...with their childlike faces and apostle beards...And yet we would shoot at them again and they at us if
There is many arguments covering the topic regarding if man is born like a savage or if it is society that is polluting mankind. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the sanity in Piggy’s last words while Roger slaughters him to death is not enough to bring the events on these pages to a close. Surviving a harsh plane crash with no parents or adults of any kind, creates a problem for most of the boys, including Roger. Roger, due to his inner nature, turns savage in the jungle allowing him to hunt and kill people. Roger’s cruel acts did not just appear out of nowhere; there were things that lead up to the fact that he is getting more dark.
Die for your country Moral contradiction in a moral principle: utilitarianism. Homicide can be an appalling achievement, but while killing under utilitarianism jurisdiction of war can dismiss the horrific matters of taking lives. When putting death in a context of “dying for your country” the direness of the situation transforms into an admirable one. Propaganda, and the sociological aspects of not going to war, utterly employs all men into the army in complete blindness of reality. This is portrayed through WW1, in books such as Quite on the Western Front.