In another case, Paul is seen trying to save the life of an enemy that he has stabbed, he fails but his efforts shouldn’t be forgotten. His friends refer to him as a hero, and he neglects this title and all the medals. Paul doesn’t like war and what it represents, to him, war is the real evil. The government forcing people into war, without giving them a choice is evil War can easily turn any person into a hero. Corporal Himmelstoss was an average polite postman before being drafted into World War I, not soon after he became a bully.
Multiple times through out the book Johnny admits that he would like to die, and goes on to describe his frustrations about his lack of ability to do so. He feels pointless, worthless, and disgusting, but later in the book he is content on showing the world what war really is; to let every man who was ever drafted and will ever be drafted know what he is really getting in to.
Both of these ate away at the men; mind, body and soul. ‘Carry’ means to hold or support while moving, to transport, transmit, or transfer, but figuratively, ‘carry’ connotes bearing a grievance. After Ted Lavender was killed Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried Lavenders burden with him because he felt personally responsible for his death. He was to busy thinking about Martha the one he loved, even though he knew she didn’t love him in return. L.T.
Also, while the platoon is searching through the muck to find the dead body, Lieutenant Cross thinks of a way to write a letter informing Kiowa’s father of the unfortunate news. He wants to make this letter more personal than just a notification telling the parent that his or her child has been killed in action. Lieutenant Cross shows that he is willing to go above and beyond the required duties of being a leader, because he strives to do more than that. He makes an effort to know his troops on an individual basis. Considering Lieutenant Cross is one of the draftees that initially did not want to fight in the war, he does not necessarily take on the typical militarized
Baggage: Inside and Out “The Things They Carried,” written by Tim O’Brien helped recognize particular aspects of the Vietnam War as it associated with the soldiers and their lives individually and collectively. O’Brien described the overall mood of the war and the soldiers involved regarding the physical, psychological, and emotional weight the soldiers bared. We too, as individuals carry things with us in our daily lives that attribute something to our physical or mental well-being. For me, these are feelings as well as tangible objects. The men in this story carried “all the emotional baggage of men who might die.
On occasion he would yell at his men to spread out the column, to keep their eyes open, but then he would slip away into daydreams.” Because of his negligence, Ted Lavender was dead. Because of his distraction, he lost a man. He did care for Lavender and wept for his lost. “He felt shame. He hated himself.
Ted Lavender was shot in his head on his way back from peeing. Lieutenant cross blamed himself because he was fantasizing about the girl instead of worrying about the safety of his men. I think this incident brought Jimmy the realization that”he loved Martha more then he loved his men” and realized she did not love him. Jimmy burnt her pictures and letters and decided to change the way he was running things. It took the death of one of the Lieutenants men for him to re-examine the importance of his love for Martha and realize he wasn’t focusing on what should have been his first priority the war and safety of his
English; period 4All Quiet on the Western FrontIn the film, "All Quiet on the Western Front" directed by Lewis Milestone, it shows how the war has many brutal affects and it isn't worth fighting for your country and in the end dying, not a hero but as a forgotten angel. In the beginning of the film, the young men are being talked into going to war by a professor. The men are, at first, unsure of going to war but the professor feeds them lies about how war makes you a hero because you fight for your country. But throughout the movie each one of these men dies; and as they die, they are no longer remembered just forgotten; their bodies lying in the middle of nowhere. At one point in the movie, as Paul comes across a French man he gets frightened and he cowardly stabs him.
These feeling are expressed in the story about Rat Kiley's letter, with which the chapter is started - with his feelings of grief about loss and final «cooze», because he was not written back and he could not cope with his loss. His pain is shown in the shoking story of shooting baby buffalo. However, all these stories might have never happened, the soldiers were fighting the war and facing blood, troops and losses, struggling because of their youth and immaturity, fear that cannot be ignored about war. This terrible experience of war is the only truth that author wants to make the readers understand in his
“Just say mister I’m sorry I got no time to die I’m too busy and then turn and run like hell” (page 118). This damnatory phrase is telling others not to take the same path Joe took. Joe clearly regrets doing what he did and is demonstrating to others how to act when they are asked to join the war. He is “less than a white maggot crawling around on a dungheap” after doing what he did. (Page 119) Now, he has nothing.