Nevertheless, he is not as fine as Lyman thought. Even though his brother did his best to help him, Henry could not accept the new awful things he was going trough, therefore he took his own life. Watching someone you love suffering is heart wrenching, especially when nothing can be done to help the situation. Erdrich looks at the trauma of a soldier returning home from war and how their family must cope with his emotional change. The effects of war not only affect the soldier, but also cause an effect on families and loved ones.
In the beginning chapters of the book, he is eager and looking forward to war. By the end of the book, wishes he had never been involved in the war. A dramatic change took place inside this man between his enlistment and discharge. I read this change to be an extreme form of growing up. Not the form of growing up that most young men these days go through, but the growing up a man does when he watches friends die.
The Controlling Men of The Awakening In The Awakening, the male characters attempt to exert control over the character of Edna. None of the men understand her need for independence. Edna thinks she found true love with Robert but realizes that she can never be his because she is already married. She is trapped between her children and her love to Robert. She cannot sacrifice her children and cannot bear of not being with Robert.
“There is either obedience or the church will burn like Hell is burning!” (pg 30) Parris tried to defend himself with such passionate and heartfelt comments but Proctor would have none of it. To him Parris was not in his society. Also, his relationship with Abigail Williams was a strained one, plagued with affair, scandal, and betrayal. He did love her, but soon after seeing what she truly was he resented his connection to her and, like what his old true nature told him, he confessed, causing a resent to appear within the town that never gave him his old trust
Richi, however, tells him, “Wasn’t your fault, man.”, this show that Richi is calming his squad down. (Myers, 132) When Richi returns home, he realizes that he cannot be the same person ever again. He is still too poor to attend college. At the beginning of the novel he was naïve and unsure of himself. However, as he entered the army, the war experience changed him and he lost his naivety, but kept his determination and gained insight into the nature of
Caputo starts out as a young man who was just joining to rebel, but in the end he is a confident leader and knows exactly what to do in certain situations that come in his way. He also learns how attached he can become to certain soldiers when he undertakes the job of being the assistant adjutant as a casualty reporter. He starts realizing the true fears and looks death straight in the face and realizes that this war is all too real, and his friends are starting to die. While he is also in training he is learning how strict the commanding officers can be to him and what happens when you think or react too slowly to a certain situation. All of these traits change over the course of the book and he becomes one of the best leaders in the
Tim O’Brien the author of “The Things They Carried” depicts a story of a young Lieutenant Jimmy Cross who is in love and is the leader of a platoon at the same time, throughout the story he depicts Cross as being in a dreamlike state and despite him snapping out of his dream like state and getting back to the task at hand, the story still continues in a dream like manner, why does O’Brien feel this is necessary? To understand why O’Brien does this we first have to look at the story. To start out he describes in third person the thoughts and actions of Jimmy Cross, the lieutenant of an Army platoon on a march through Vietnam. Lt. Cross is preoccupied by thoughts of Martha, a young woman he is actively dating. He thinks often about letters she wrote him, he thinks about whether or not she is a virgin and even though he loves her very much and longs to be with her, she doesn’t say in her letters that she feels the same.
Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from Martha. Someone that he knew he could never be with. He loved Martha and knew that she did not love him back. He eventually burned these love letters because he knew they were not going to save him. He realized that what were going to save him were the heavy things that he was carrying; weapons and machinery.
Because their relationship is an affair, they cannot see each other in the way they want to very often and especially not while other people are around. They are not married to each other which make their relationship very wrong in that community and time- more so wrong than it would be now. John Procter understands that their secret must be kept, but finished, but Abigail doesn’t care that they were caught once and could be caught again. She just wants their relationship back and says, “Oh, I marvel, how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be-” (miller 22) Abigail then comes to claim that Elizabeth, john’s wife, is “Blackening me (her) name in the village!” She is telling lies about me (her)!” (Miller 22) but he just gets angry at himself because it’s true, and threatens to whip her for talking about his wife that