Rodwell's Suicide Analysis

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PERIOD 3 – KALEIDOSCOPE Melissa & Brittany Rodwell’s suicide • Rodwell is assigned with men whose morals and consciences have been broken by war • “he found them slaughtering rats and mice–burning them alive in their cooking fires” • “they’d forced him to watch the killing of a cat” • Rodwell wasn’t able to change his morals and character, war didn’t break him/ change his beliefs • Rodwell wasn’t content being passive while watching others (the animals) suffer, watching the men torture them • animal rights? • war affects everyone • his letter to his daughter urges her not to despair, but to have faith in life • killing of animals represent savageness in human, the innate evil…show more content…
132 ➢ The flamethrower is a symbol of war. ➢ The flamethrower creates destruction of everyone, just as war does. ➢ Causes grief and panic to the soldiers. ➢ Soldiers who are hit by the flame thrower have a slow torturous death as they are being burned to death. ➢ Humanitarian perspective • Effective way for the Germans to win the battle. • Creates so much destruction making the people using it happy as they are winning. • The problem is that the Germans don’t see how horrific it is. • It takes a long time to die, and it is a very painful death. Its not like being shot its way worse. ➢ Robert Ross was on the lines of the battle when the Germans used the flamethrower. ➢ Using the flamethrower also has an affect of the other soldiers who see there partners or team being burned. Just like Robert witnessed it. ➢ It causes them horror as they are seeing someone being burned to death in agony yelling about the pain they are in. ➢ This could cause the others like Robert to feel like they should shoot their own soldiers to put them out of agony. ➢ The soldiers with the flamethrowers are seen as more…show more content…
• How come a soldier is doing such an inhumane thing with such ease? • Why does a soldier feel comfortable taking life? • Robert comes to understand this once he goes through war • Roberts idea of a soldier also changes when he sees Eugene Taffler at the whorehouse being intimate with another man • Questions the masculinity of men in war • Questions why these soldiers enjoy coming to this place • It is not part of their duty as a soldier • Roberts doesn’t see other soldiers living the exact stereotype that he had expected • “We’re all strange, Robert thought. Everyone is strange in war I guess. Ordinary is a myth.” (page 90) • Roberts opinion of these men have changed and matured to a logical idea instead of the impression put onto him by society • All the soldiers are people just like him Thesis Statement: In the novel, The Wars, stereotypical identities are replaced by the truths from war and divided into many levels that show the readers how easily transformed people, relationships and opinions are. Ultimately, people are left in a state of confusion as to how the world really works. Selena &

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