I could hear guns from both sides rapidly being fired off. The sounds of machine guns and bombs blowing up amplified in the shell-hole. The ground beneath me trembled with each explosion, triggering gravel to shower over me. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed someone jumping into the shell-hole; I thought it was someone from my group so I didn’t think anything of it. They lunged towards me and landed on top of me, knocking my gun out of my hand.
I halted and held my breath.” (Beah, 35) This is when the rebels invaded a village he was in and started shooting at him. You can sense the terror that he felt when he was shot at. Later, when Ishmael is recruited to the army, he has the same feeling towards guns. “He gave me the gun. I held it in my trembling hand.
From entering the campus until he finally turns the gun on himself. One person after another, just like the range, he takes them down. Each target in his path goes down without hesitation. Beard peers into the mind of a deranged killer. The loss of this prestigious award was too much to bear for Gang Lu and drove him into insanity.
When they came for Chief Sitting Bull, he was murder by gunshot. Chief Big Foot and his tribe tried to escape, but surround by the Army. During the night the Army billed up the attack positions. They demand the weapons of the tribe, which left the tribe defenseless. During the round up, a shot was fired and the Army senselessly shot at the tribe until almost all were massacred.
Henry could see all the troops with their guns ready. Ready to fight and ready to kill. He spots the town they are trying to take and sees all the broken houses there. Does he realize what the war has brought upon the country? That the war is just destroying nature and all living beings?
Fix bayonets! Charge! He leaped down from the boulder, still screaming, his voice beginning to crack and give, and all around him his men were roaring animal screams, and he saw the whole Regiment rising and pouring over the wall and beginning to bound down through the dark bushes, over the dead and dying and wounded, hats coming off, hair flying, mouths making sounds, one man firing as he ran, the last bullet, last round. Chamberlain saw gray men below stop, freeze, crouch, then quickly turn. The move was so quick he could not believe it.
A soldier got mad and hit a boy called Edward Garrick with the butt of his gun. All of the soldiers must of heard the noise because they all came and then started shooting at the crowd that had gathered. When the shooting finished there were 5 civilians killed. Can you believe that? 8 soldiers were arrested and are on trial.
The sounds of the heavy artillery, bombs exploding and screaming of the soldiers throughout the battle also add to the horror. Spielberg also used the view of the enemy soldiers to show the mass destruction and death that was occurring. It showed that it was effortless for the enemy to just shoot and kill their targets. In the opening part of the scene, we see an old veteran of the war whom is in a French cemetery walking through it to find a certain grave. Whilst he is walking we see a panning shot of all the tombstones, we see a close up of the man’s face where he is tearing up and the camera begins to zoom into his eyes, a flashback occurs of the soldiers all on a boat preparing to face the horror of the war.
“Whydah is being attacked by pirate ships!” yelled the town crier, as the drums beat loudly. Horrified with the loud shooting and war raid, Dada Deo ran through the fields of Whydah looking for refuge. “Olorun igbala (“God our savior”)!” he prayed. The people ran to their homes hoping this was just a nightmare. A savage crew of fifty or more white men invaded the streets of Whydah firing their rifles and yelling, “Take the chains and shackles and capture as many as you can!” Dada Deo, horror-strucked by the confusion and uproar, knew this was not a nightmare.