Realizing that the homeland was withdrawing from the war, soldiers became edgy. As put by Lieutenant Frank M. Campagne, “Nobody wants to be the last man in Viet Nam Killed.” Furthermore soldiers lacked inspiration and a sense of purpose. Leadership went out of their way to impress superiors with increased body count by slaughtering innocent civilians including women and children. A study ordered by Military professionalism concludes “in pursuit of selfish career goals, senior officers sacrificed integrity on the altar of personal success. They became preoccupied with trivial short term objectives even through dishonest practices and compelled subordinates to lie, cheat, and steal to meet the impossible demands of higher officers” (Millet, Maslowski & Feis, 2012, p.561).
They seem to be indifferent to the fact that they have killed someone because assassination merely becomes their ‘job.’ In a similar manner, Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison, is inclusive of the same insensitiveness and indifference towards the death and murdering of people. The narrator says, “I lunge forward aiming at his stomach. It is a lightening, instinctive move…I become insane…I want to strike again and again.”(Harrison, 26-27) Since this was an “instinctive” move, he didn’t even think over the fact that he is taking someone’s life nor have any humane feelings which prove that he has become inhumane towards a person’s life. In addition, a humane individual would experience feelings of regret and guilt, but instead he has the urge to stab him continuously. He becomes one of the negative byproducts of the war because it causes him to become “insane” and inconsiderate towards the sentimental values associated with death.
To hell with the glory. | 83 | Why the hell should they want the war to end? They got lots of damn fools like us who’ll enlist, and when they stop enlisting they’ll drag ‘em in. | 95 | Who can comfort whom in war? Who can care for us, we who are set loose at each and tear at each other’s entrails with silent gleaming bayonets?
The recurrent “unclean hands” motif establishes the torturous and debilitating feeling of guilt that stains ones soul and conscience after having committed an evil act. These feelings of guilt plague Macbeth throughout the story and slowly drive him mad following his horrifyingly immoral murder of King Duncan. Shortly after completing the heinous act, Macbeth shouts, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand?” (Macbeth 2.2.78-9) while removing Duncan’s blood from his hands. Although Macbeth succeeds in ridding himself of the actual evidence, he fails to remove the permanent mark left on his conscience that haunts him until his death. Lady Macbeth also portrays the “unclean hands” motif through her actions when she suddenly beings sleepwalking and gesturing with her hands as if she is washing them.
The protagonist, who was keen to remove himself from the rat and lice infested trenches, enrolled himself in a bombardment of the German’s, with little knowledge of what he was getting himself in to. The protagonist was experiencing the concept of ‘Kill or be killed’, had a German soldier at the end of his bayonet and his howling had unnerved him. His rifle stood between him and death and the decision to leave unarmed and possibly die or kill the soldier and survive was to be made. The emotional turmoil was unbearable and the pulling of the trigger was excruciating. Even after this ordeal and the shock, the protagonist was still able to sympathise with the dead German’s soldier’s brother.
They even fantasize about killing the sniper in the most brutal of ways, “He will hold his trembling hands on high and stammer the international word for compassion and mercy. He will say that beautiful word comrade, a word born in suffering and sorrow, but we will stab him down with our bayonets.” This shows the resentment for the sniper and how mercilessness the men have become, by literally wanting to kill a soldier begging for his life. Before the war these men even in their worst nightmare would not do such a violent and barbaric act, yet they all have the intense desire to do so. Not only do the men resent the enemy they begin to resent each other. Clark has no respect for his troops and this leads to resentment towards himself.
Hercules almost forgot about his mission, the beauty of Corinth was unbelievable. It did not take Hercules long to find the gorgon. For its foul breathe made the forest smell terribly bad. The beast was colossal. Instead of two eyes, the monster had seven.
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