This may be to the fact that the Coen Brothers have never actually read Homer’s Epic Tale. The idea that you can even make a movie based on something you have never read shows the relevance of Homer’s tale in pop culture today. This film follows the same classic journey motif as The Odyssey and as Sowa (2001) says “the Journey theme has always been a favorite one for story-tellers everywhere, as a metaphor for life and its experiences”. The journey in the Coen’s tale takes Everett on a journey through deep south Mississippi in attempt to stop his wife from marrying another man. Along the way he meets many characters who strongly resemble characters in Homer’s version of the tale.
This was decision was made due the pressure they felt to conform to societies idyllic perception of what women’s role in the household/home should be. The Second World War was called a total. A total war affects and involves a nation as a whole, the people battling at war and also the citizens on the home front. The Second World War demanded help from countries’ populations like never before. Men were sent by the millions to fight in the terrible total war.
It seems like an odd conversation but the men were using whatever they could to get their minds off of the war. “Gentlemen your Verdict” is about a commander in a war who gets placed himself in a tricky situation he has to choose between morals and saving lives. “War” reminds me of while the war was happening, the families are morning their loses and “G.Y.V” is more after the war since it’s a flashback. I compared these because for me they are connected into one story. The two stories were written at different times “War” was based in 1914 but wasn’t published until
With war comes with a price, the weapons from guns to armory and the bravery of our men and women that have to survive in harsh conditions. Being thousands of miles away, missing loved ones at the dinner table on special occasions, all is a factor of a sociological of imagination. Another topic that caught my eye significantly was the issue on unemployment. Millions of Americans are without jobs and are collecting unemployment money. With the harsh conditions of the society, people without jobs cannot afford to survive.
“what passing-bells… for these who witnessed it”. Through the use of alliteration, soldiers were dehumanised and their parents had no loved ones to comfort them and mourn for them. Moreover, due to the enormous amount of soldiers dying they “didn’t have enough bells” to mourn all their children which depicts such a tragic loss on a huge scale. Owen puts forward the things the soldiers had to go through and how that resulted in their death or illnesses after being dehumanised and if they survived, when they returned home from the war. The feeling of paranoia and depression has caused the decrease of the soldiers’ emotional wellbeing.
His children had told him that what the U.S was doing was not right. They participated in the anti-war movement and protests. McNamara blamed himself for his wife’s stomach ulcer. McNamara seemed physically and mentally exhausted. He began to have severe chest pains.
The storie “Defender of The Faith”shows us the life of the sergent Marx after World War II when he came from Europe to the Us.”The things They Caried”is a story about the war in Vietnam, and soldiers, and their belongings. Before the World War II we didn’t see in the stories “babies-mothers” as it is in the story “Proper Library”, and there was no stories about diseases such as AIDS, HIV, and cancer. In the story “I Want to Live” the main character is dying of cancer, but in “The Way We Live Now” the main hero is dying of AIDS. In the movie “Saturday night fever” we saw that the only thing people carried about was “birth-control pills”, but not diseases what are caused by unprotected sex. In the movie “Forest Gump” we saw the Vietnamese War, the generation of hippies, addiction to drugs, and other not less important things.
Welty said, “Neither of my parents had come from homes that could afford to buy many books, but though it must have been something of a strain on his salary, as the youngest officer in a young insurance company, my father was all the while carefully selecting and ordering away for what he and Mother though we children should grow up with.”(Welty, 391) I remember my father giving me his old Hardy Boys books when I was about eight years old. His words are still in my head,“These were my favorite books as a kid and I want you to enjoy them as I did when I was seven. These books kept me out of trouble,” he laughed. At first I was not really into the Hardy Boys, but since my father loved them I wanted to enjoy them like he did. “My father loved books, and since I loved my father with an aching devotion, I decided to love books as well.”(Alexie, 397) Parents want their children to succeed in life and they know without literacy the world would be a tough place.
The cold truth, being that the loved ones back home are left broken hearted, as they are told that Father, Brother or Son have been killed at War, serving for their Country. They gave their lives for the people back home... but what for? I do see the honour in fighting for something you believe in, and being ready to make a difference. It is just I simply do not see the honour in a violent battle that leaves many dead, injured and mentally tortured. The soldiers become puppets, and it is someone back home in their warm and comfortable house, pulling the strings.
Analysis of “The Wall” When humans go through a very hard time we can have problems showing our feelings. Instead we lock them up in our self, and create a place inside us filled with hate, anger and guilt. This is also what happens to the main character in the film “The Wall”, Pink. Pink has felt a lot of pain in his life. He lost his father in war, his wife was him unfaithful, he had controlling teachers in school, and he had to deal with a very overprotective mother.