Braveheart vs. Gladiator Both Braveheart and Gladiator are highly acclaimed movies with complex themes and motifs. Braveheart is the story of a Scottish man, William Wallace, who seeks to rid his homeland of English rule after his wife is murdered by English soldiers. Gladiator is the story of a Roman general named Maximus who escapes his execution and using an alias, rises in ranks to become a great gladiator in order to seek revenge against Commodus, a corrupt prince who murdered Maximus’s family. Both movies share the common themes of love, revenge, and freedom but present them in different ways. One of the greatest overriding themes in both movies is the concept of love.
Some died a quick death while others died a slow, painful death, showing the reality of war. Paul and his friends have realized that the ideals of patriotism are hollow. They no longer believe that war is honorable. The reality of war becomes evident to Paul when he kills the French soldier, Gerard Duval, in his first face-to-face combat. He is distraught to kill a man that he finds out has a wife and child.
The disgust the sniper first feels is expressed when he “revolt[s] from the sight of the shattered mass of his dead enemy.” (2) The tone of the sentence depicts the hatred the sniper first feels against the acts of war. O’Flaherty creates a dark, gory atmosphere with the description of the fallen enemy sniper to parallel the dark emotions the sniper feels himself. The author continues with dark tone to describe the inner thoughts of the sniper “cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.” (2) This pessimistic tone choice is used to have the reader understand the self-hatred the sniper feels for his sinful acts. The sniper comes to the realization of his morals, looking “at the smoking revolver in his hand and with an oath he hurl[s] it to the roof.” (2) The author’s serious tone emphasizes the serious commitment the sniper has to make a change in his life. Over the course of a simple passage, the sniper through O’Flaherty’s tone is able to have his thoughts about war
Chapter 4 Main events Introduction of the word Conrad: One of the biggest events of this chapter is the introduction of the word Conrad. The narrator talks about the snipers and what will happen to them when they are discovered. He continues on to say “ He will utter that magical word, Conrad; then we will strike him down”. The word Conrad means friend, the Germans are in the exact same situation as them; so the word Conrad shows that they are equal and when used in battle they surrender. However, we learn that the word has no meaning to the soldiers as they would kill the sniper and any German soldier.
In the novel Three Day Road, Elijah Weesageechak and his best friend Xavier Bird, two Cree aboriginals, fight as a sniper team in WW1. Elijah becomes corrupted by the war which leads to his ultimate demise. The war transforms Elijah into an emotionless killing machine. His transformation was due to the loss of his identity, his quest for fame through war, and the use of morphine to escape reality. In the beginning, when Elijah joined the army he quickly wanted to fit in with the other soldiers.
Paragraphs 2: Topic Sentence: You friend cannot be your friend forever. Interest is a thing which is stay with you before you die. (Nature Conflict)(similar) “The Sniper”: The Republican sniper need to survive and Republican need to win, he kills his brother, although he know that after he killed. “Strike Back” Hugh Collinson who is the team member of John Potter team in 2003, they are taking a mission to rescue the hostages. John let the child who is opposite and bind with a bomb.
“THE SNIPER” Why, after centuries of futile destruction, does man persist in waging war? In the short story “The Sniper” by Liam O’ Flaherty, the author focuses on the Irish civil war of the 1920’s. On a Dublin roof, a republican soldier struggles to destroy his enemy. Although the sniper is an experienced and ingenious combatant, the story’s outcome clearly conveys an anti-war theme. As General Sherman observed, “War is hell.” The sniper is a veteran of war: his eyes are those of a man “who is used to looking at death” (O’ Flaherty 1).
The novel implicitly associates this realization of the necessity of a personal war with adulthood and the loss of childhood innocence. For most of Gene’s classmates, World War II provides the catalyst for this loss, and each reacts to it in his own way—Brinker by nurturing a stance of boldness, for example, and Leper by descending into madness. Gene himself, though, states that he fought his own war while at Devon and killed his enemy there. The obvious implication is that Finny, as the embodiment of a spirit greater than Gene’s own, was his enemy, casting an unwavering shadow over Gene’s life. One might alternatively interpret Gene’s statement to mean that this enemy was himself, his own resentful, envious nature, which he “killed” either by knocking Finny from the tree or by obtaining forgiveness from Finny for doing so.
At one point Junger mentions, “…behind every traverse lurked catastrophe, ready to pluck its next chance victim (51).” Later Ernst Junger gives a description of such a situation. While leading an entrenchment party one of the soldiers is shot. The fallen man’s fellow comrades decide to stay posted at their positions longer in attempt to exact revenge for a man who was married with four children. Once Junger provides these details, we understand how personal the war truly was. Soldiers were not just pawns, but actual men with actual lives off of the battle
Any average person would have good intentions while on a journey with people he or she called “brothers” in order to avenge the deaths of friends. As the three rioters depart on their journey to find and kill Death, one of the three rioters says, “Hold up your hands like me, and we’ll be brothers/In this affair, and each defend the others,” (Lines 94-95). Chaucer frequently uses the term “brothers” to describe the rioters. At this point in the story it would be extremely difficult to guess that they would later try, and succeed in taking each others lives. As the rioter stated that they are brothers that would defend each other, their intentions were nothing but good.