Sohrab's scars (both mental and physical) are a representation of the country of Afghanistan. During most of Amir's life, Afghanistan was constantly in a war with itself, repeatedly being ruled and reruled, the country was slowly falling apart. This is exactly what happens to Sohrab. Bad things keep happening to him until eventually he breaks down and tries to commit suicide. Sohrab is the living representation of the fact that a country (or a person) can only handle so much brutality and
Violence Even though Hosseini has stated that he wanted to remind people of a peaceful Afghanistan, he also does the service of revealing the suffering the nation has experienced in a quarter century of conflict. Violence pervades the novel, even in the seemingly innocuous activity of kite fighting. Not only is kite fighting violent because it is a kind of battle, but boys injure their hands when they participate. This fact suggests that Afghanistan has become a place where joy cannot exist separately from pain; Afghans' memories of their homeland are tainted with suffering. The entire novel centers around a single act of violence, Hassan's rape, and the sin Amir commits by pretending that violence did not occur.
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 Vietnam War affected millions of veterans and showed the United States that even though they had the most powerful and best military in the world they could still lose a war. Many veterans all across the United States came back from the war with hatred and psychological problems. America’s society had changed after the war, people were not willing to go to war any more and America as a society saw the tragedies that occurred in
Steinbeck wants the reader to understand the harsh and difficult living conditions the soldiers are living in. Also, Steinbeck wants the reader to feel the emotion and physical pain the soldiers are feeling, “Under extended bombardment…the eardrums are tortured by the blast…your skin feels thick and insensitive. There’s a salty taste in your mouth. A hard, painful knot is in your stomach with undigested food…This is how you feel just after a few days of constant firing.” Steinbeck’s writes such a strong description that the reader can fully understand and even feel the pain the soldiers feel. The essay “Why Soldiers Won’t Talk,” is marked by a clear narrative description of what war is truly like and gives the reader a strong sense of perspective.
Their stress under the unbearable conditions in Iraq damages the mental health of the American troops. In an article on war trauma Greg Mitchell says, “Nearly one in five soldiers deployed in Iraq, now more than 300,000, suffer post traumatic stress disorder, according to the of-cited RAND Corp. study.” Troops that are mentally unstable or mentally ill from the conditions of war should not be forced to continue to fight in an environment that will only make them sicker. Unfortunately, they continue to experience the same situation that made them unstable. They become an unhinged fighting force happy to kill. This cycle creates more killers and more
The anti-war movements and protests reflected on the soldiers in Vietnam and led to the defeat of the US armed forces. The media portrayed war in such a negative manner that resentment is still present today. The introduction of televised news coverage of the Vietnam War set a precedent of fear of war within the American culture. The vivid footage and images of combat educated the American people of the true horrors
It was then that Paul realized the true agonies of war—surviving the agony of war forces one to learn to disconnect oneself from emotions like grief, sympathy, and fear. All of these conditions combined greatly affected the mental and physical health of the soldiers in World War
The Post War Life The effect of the Vietnam War on the surviving soldiers The Vietnam War left a great scar in all the people that were directly and indirectly involved in it. Among the affected were the soldiers that not only died in the war, but also survived it. The war destroyed them physically and mentally to a point that it felt as if the war continued throughout the remainder of their lives. The feeling of trauma, hatred toward the War, and grief are well portrayed in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Roll Call, and W. D. Ehrhart’s Invasion of Grenada. The authors of these poems strived to provide a first-hand experience with the purpose of proving that even though one survives the war, the same war never leaves.
Owen and Sassoon, as well as being renowned anti-WW1 poets, also had a role as soldiers in the war. Although not together, they both fought against the German army, and knew, better than most, the terrible conditions that WW1 soldiers were faced with. It was probably their first hand experience that made them feel great pity and respect to other ‘ordinary’ soldiers, the ones still fighting, as well as the ones laid to rest. Owen and Sassoon also had a fierce hatred about them towards war enthusiasts feeling that they were sending hard-working men to their deaths and loathing the way that they wrote about the war when they themselves had not seen nor taken part in the war apart from sending people to it. I believe that Owen and Sassoon chose to write poetry about the war as a way to express their feelings as well as a way to express their feelings as well as a way to contradict the propaganda and tell people what was really going on when the sent their relatives to war.