They feel guilty for the deaths of men in their platoon, for the deaths of Vietnamese, and for their own inadequacies. This leads each individual’s guilt to develop in a different manner and force the individual to cope with the guilt in the best way they see fit. After the war, the psychological burdens the men carry during the war continue to define them. Years after the end of the war, Jimmy Cross goes to visit Tim O’Brien at his home and together they look at old photographs and reminisce. “We paused over a snapshot of Ted Lavender, and after a while Jimmy rubbed his eyes and said he’d never forgiven himself for Lavender’s death.
Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Facing It” is poem about the author’s visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and his personal experiences in the Vietnam War. The most well known part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is the focal point of “Facing It”. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located in Washington D.C. The wall features the names of over 58,000 men and women who have either lost their lives or who remain missing, due to the Vietnam War. “Facing It” presents a Vietnam War veteran’s powerful emotions when he sees the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and remembers his past experiences.
Tim O’Brien gives the reader the reality of war. All the weight the soldiers carried emotional and physically gives the reader a sense of all the horror he had to go through. It might be just a story to some, but for Tim O’Brien is a nightmare that he lived and probably would not like to relive with all the guilt and
We would end up like other countries- controlled and not able to make individual decisions. People like this should be recognize and not ignored. They should be commended. Veterans go through lots of pain during battle and war. Most people can’t imagine that, much less how it feels to lose a good friend to an explosion, or constantly think of how their families are doing without them.
Also, Grant used to be a very hostile man and he didn't care for anything but from visiting Jefferson he started to care about his life and the things in it, he dedicated his whole self to helping Jefferson become a man and he would get into arguments defending his choices with his aunt even if she was very important to him and they never fought. This is greatly shown when Grant is on a visit with Jefferson along with his aunt, Emma and the reverend Grant talks to Jefferson and tells him how he needs him and how he is someone who can do so much while he cant, then he began to cry. This shows how Grant wants to make a change in his life. Grant is a person who goes from being miserable and only cares for himself into someone who can love other things in life and fights for
We can tell that he is hurt psychologically as it says ‘unexploded mine buried deep in his mind’ and physically as it says ‘the rungs of his broken ribs’ these are both effects of his traumatic experience at war. The distribution of each stanza could also show the distance that she now has with the subject because of his lack of understanding of his painful experiences and emotions. As a reader, it sounds like she is writing the poem the way she would be saying it, this emphasises the shortness of each stanza and the small steps she has to take to his recovery, which is also shown in the tone of the poem as she sounds in pain, which makes the reader feel sorry for her. However, in ‘Hour’, the poem is separated into four stanzas, which all have four lines each apart from the last stanza which has two lines. Each stanza has emotive language of the writer’s feelings, we know this as it says things such as ‘we are millionaires, backhanding the night’ this gives the reader the impression that their relationship is stable and strong unlike the fragmented relationship in ‘The Manhunt’.
This is a very depressing part of the poem as it is very sad how he will not be able to do anything about it like he has wasted the rest of his life. Another part in the poem where he shows the horror and tragedy of war is when the poet uses strong adjectives like, 'ghastly' in the first stanza which stands out as a horrible, unpleasant death-like word describing the suit he wears. Owen also uses past memories in the poem of how he used to have a great life with football, drinking and women. 'In the old times, before he threw away his knees.' The poet is slightly showing that this man was a normal human who had a great life, but then he threw away his knees as if one minute he had everything, the next with nothing.
Both poems present grief and the harsh reality of losing a loved one but in different ways. In “Mid-Term Break,” we see Heaney talking about the awkward ways in which people reacted to grief before mentioning at the end his honest feelings towards the death of his brother whereas Jonson in “On my first Sonne,” openly expresses his pain of losing his son. “On my first Sonne,” is a very emotional poem in which Jonson is saying goodbye to his dead son. The language in the poem is very telling and reveals Jonson’s grief. In the first three lines, Jonson is trying to come to terms with the loss of his son.
In “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien the antagonist faces several things that shape him as a new man. Not only do the men carry specific things, but they are also carrying the burden of war and sorrow. Most war soldiers are strong and independent, but there are others who let their thoughts of home interfere. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross faces his obsession with a woman back home, the weight of the war, and the guilt he carries from the death of his soldiers. Lieutenant Cross carries letters from a woman named Martha back home that he loves, but she is not his girlfriend.
Owen’s own experience of war was that he was a soldier who suffered shell shock after being attacked in France, and in contrast is the propaganda poets like Jessie Pope, he wanted to show the brutality and reality of war in his poem. In this poem Owen expresses his sympathy for the disabled soldier however also his anger for the young lives that have been wasted in the war. Owen is writing about a young man who has returned home from war and he is confined to a wheelchair and “waiting for dark”. This conveys that the soldier does not have anything positive to look forward to – only the arrival of the end of the day when he can go to bed, or perhaps he is waiting for his death. The soldier is listening to the children playing; “Voices of play and pleasures”.