The three things that affected North Vietnamese, hating Americans, living in harsh conditions and receiving severe injuries were all things they had to deal with during and after the war. They hated the Americans for causing deaths and poisoning land that will now cause problems for North Vietnamese today. The harsh conditions led to injuries which also made them hate Americans. As much as they hated them at that time, they now forgive and try to move forward from what happened. The Vietnam War definitely affected them in a bad way but at least they look into the future and not think of the past.
This essay will explore this interpretation of Haig and the generals, but in order to provide a balanced view, I will also consider the positive interpretations of Haig as a leader, as many sources from the time and recently praise him as a good leader. At the time of the war and after, soldiers criticised Haig and the generals , Haig was criticised because he made commands without being in trenches. In source B2 a soldier who had watched his friends die around him due to Haigs incompetence and bad planning, wrote “it was pure bloody murder. Douglas Haig should have been hung, drawn and quartered for what he did on the Somme. The cream of British manhood was shattered in less than 6 hours.” This suggests that he wanted Haig to be punished due to his loss of so many of his own men, but also due to his own resentment towards him.
Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front very much achieves its goal to “try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.” Remarque goes to great lengths to show how the men in his novel came from ordinary backgrounds. These were men who were for the most part around 18-20 years old. The majority of Paul Bäumer’s group were his own classmates in school. Further, these men joined the German Army for patriotic and nationalist reasons. After spending some time in the trenches, they realized the true brutality of war, including the humiliation the soldiers must endure, such as using outdoor toilets in the open.
The boys got hooked onto this propaganda and registered for WWI. This lead to deaths, trauma, and fear of the boys.The boys grow to hate war and what its all about. Kantorek is eventually drafted into war himself, and begins to despise his own teachings of what war was, after experiencing the trenches.
Wiesel wrote about how horrible it seemed to lose one’s innocence. He did not realize that he had lost some of his own as well. Like Wiesel, many other victims still feel troubled by the painful memories that follow them. Roman, one of the countless victims of the Nazis, wrote a short yet perceptive poem about her lingering reflections; the powerful calamities caught the reader by surprise. Through Wiesel and Roman’s stories about their loss of innocence and haunting memories, we learned that the cruel and obscene methods used by the Nazis and SS Officers caused the vicious afterthoughts of those who survived the horrifying experiences that no human should endure.
However, in the anesthetic cold water the first class and some steerage were dying together (12). Not only were the people first class, but their death was a first class death as well because they went down “with crowds of people, friends, servants, well fed, with music m with lights!” (5) Slavitt is trying to relay the idea that it was not so bad to have drowned on the Titanic.. He uses words such as “ah!” to denote enjoyment, and he also asks who would not want to go on a copy trip of the passage. “We all go down,
Adrian Chapa Short Story Analysis: The Thing’s They Carried In "The Things They Carried," O'Brien writes, "Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to" (O’Brien, The Things They Carried 21). There are many characters throughout the short story all of which have very different character traits though they all share one thing: They are all in the very emotional, lonely and horrifying environment of war. Among the many people in the story 3 stuck out to me, showing traits of masculinity, cowardice and courage, these three people are First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker and Kiowa. First Lieutenant Cross is not any more or less courageous than any other person in his platoon but he does have an added amount of responsibility put on him because he is in charge of the lives of several men. When his soldier Ted Lavender died all he could do was cry and blame himself for his death, “He felt shame.
Shell shock was a term only associated with World War one due to the major impact it had throughout the war. It was specifically used in Britain to express a psychological breakdown for a soldier from stress and trauma and fear from battles and fighting. It was hard to cure them as people and doctors considered them to be cowards therefore refused to offer help. Some men only received help depending on their high class or rank in the community, while others were even put on trial and even executed for being ‘cowards’. Shell shock caused a lot of problems and casualties for the country and for the war.
There is nothing good about war, especially for soldiers, civilians and families. People feel the effects long after the war is over, because of the traumatic experiences. The worst acts of dehumanization during wars are the ill-treatment of the soldiers in World War One, the Holocaust in World War Two and the child soldiers of today. World War One was the deadliest conflict in human history with over 35 million military and civilian casualties. The soldiers bared the worst suffering through their experiences living in the trenches.
Charles Yale Harrison’s novel “Generals die in bed” directly depicts the catastrophic dehumanization of soldiers in war through each and every one of his characters. Dehumanization is the process of losing altruistic or individual qualities, as may occur in some psychotic states or in environments that produce emotional trauma and may be influenced by external forces. The environment and external forces in Harrison’s novel were the trenches. From the beginning of the novel the men are normal civilians, with morals and righteous beliefs who show great respect for their fellow man. Yet soon after they are stationed on the western front these men are transformed into barbaric killers whom resent and show very little mercy for their fellow man