It is hard for him to deal with throughout the story because it causes him to think of many different things, not only about what he did, but about the man he killed. No matter what it may be, death was a huge part of the war and one of the hardest things to face and deal with. Whether they spent a day or a year in Vietnam, it changed the soldiers in some way, either physically, mentally or both. Even the men who were very mentally stable found it hard to deal with all the aspects of the war. It was very difficult
The soldiers in the Vietnam War and for any War for that matter are constantly scared for their lives and just living day to day is a struggle they are forced to face fighting, death, and sickness on a daily basis. “The things they carried where largely determined by necessity” (473) some stuff every man had to carry for basic survival but some other things men carried were more of what they found important to them, all of the weight they carried is symbolic of the emotional weight they carried with them as well. The war can take a great toll on a man constantly moving and having to carry all of your belonging with you most of the things they were
The Things They Carried By Tim O’Brien One of the prevailing themes in this short story is the intangible things a soldier carries. The soldiers did not only carried immense physical necessities, but also intangible emotional loads. Apart from carrying the usual battlefield machinery, they carried or, in their context, “To carry something was to “hump” it … In its intransitive form, “to hump” meant “to walk”, or “to march”, but it implied burdens far beyond the intransitive.” emotional baggage. Fear, pride, memory, love, superstitious and sadness all kept within. Carrying their cutting edge war equipment, they were aware of other’s intimidation.
The novel Joker One, written by Donovan Campbell is a recount of the war in Iraq, from an inside perspective. Every day, Campbell was faced with life or death situations, which hopefully left both his Marines, as well as the innocent civilians of Iraq alive and well. Because he was in such a high position, many times Campbell would have to make quick decisions based on what he felt was most humane. Unfortunately, Campbell is just a young man, and sometimes it becomes difficult to really decide what is just. Ultimately, in the time of battle, there are many situations when there is no right answer.
11/29/11 Journal “The Things They Carried” My reaction the story was on how much stuff they had to carry from all the gun and ammunition and all the other stuff like food and water. I was also surprised on how much a lot of things weighed ounces but sooner or later would end up weighing in pounds. I also noticed that soldiers carry other things than physical stuff like all the pressure, fear, and memories. I liked how it told a story about lieutenant Jimmy Cross and his crush on Martha and his men but also talked about the stuff the soldiers carried. I think the significant part of this piece of literature is that soldiers have it hard not because they have to kill people and have to worry about being killed but from the other stuff they
Dr. King was a man of powerful words. There are endless quotes that he came up with to put words in a form that were more powerful than any weapon created. Throughout his life a question that was always trivial to Dr. King was, “how do people react when their whit is tested?” Although Dr. King grew in the ranks among the minority favorites through boycotting and public preaching he faced tough times that many people would not be able to handle. Documentation shows that Dr. King was arrested
Clash of ideas/culture/expectations/ideology ‘The Lieutenant’ explores the many internal and external conflicts which one will inevitably be confronted with throughout life. Lieutenant Rooke faces many forms of conflict during his time in the army; this being due to his duties as a Lieutenant being contradictory to his ethics. Prior to Rooke’s attendance at the hanging, he viewed the army to be a place where he belongs – “he had found a life”. To Rooke, the sense of belonging had previously been unfamiliar; so when he discovers a place where he fits in, it has a more substantial emotional impact on him that it would on others. When he is forced to view the public hanging of men who had failed to ‘serve and obey’, he becomes conscious of the
Dose that one instance constitute him losing everything he has worked his entire life for? The simple answer is yes. However, there are a multitude of tough problems that you must weigh in your decision. It is not as cut and dry as it sounds on paper, if you actually put yourself in this situation it is a much more difficult decision to make. Plus as I stated before, you may adversely place yourself in-between the correction officers and the inmates.
Tim O’Brien “ They carried all emotional baggage of men who have got killed and might die” pg.21. It is in my views a emotional struggle to deal with the coping of your fellow troops at the same time you still have to be in the war. It is inevitable to avoid death, but emotional stress to deal with
Disease, biting insects, infection, and the desire to kill plagued the men on both sides of the war. Caputo and his men stumbled across a base camp of the Viet Cong. Inside they found letters and photographs of their loved ones and families. This was the first time any of them felt guilt and regret for the lives they had taken. It made many of them realize that the enemies were just like themselves.