“Personal honor is the one thing valued more than life itself by the majority of men” (McPherson 77). The reoccurring theme of brotherhood in the story plays a major role as to why a soldier has come to war and why he performs on the battlefield. Brotherhood would be the best explanation for a soldier’s fight to protect one’s self and his comrades.
War is many things; malevolent, economically challenging, and controversial but nevertheless, it is necessary. In spite of the fact that Joseph Heller depicts the characters similar to Colonel Cathcart as an opposing factor, they do notice the importance of their role in the war, unlike Yossarion. Consequently, if the veterans do not acknowledge their importance then our, so to speak, progress as a nation will fail to proceed. Yossarion denies his role and lies to the Colonels saying, “I’m not running away from my responsibilities. I’m running to them. There’s nothing negative about running away to save my life.”(Joseph Heller, Catch-22) Heller wisely uses the word “running” to exemplify how
The regiment Captain, the A Company soldiers and Fred Collins all influence Fred Collins’ selflessness in Stephen Crane’s short story, A Mystery of Heroism.
Lesley Choyce’s The Book Of Michael illustrates that it is important to move on from hardships that occurred in our past. Michael decided to move on from his girlfriend’s murder, and instead of mourning, he decided to go back to school and do something with his life. “I had nothing to lose. I had already lost it all. I was free. Strangely enough, my parents tried to stop me. They thought I had lost my mind. ‘Why today?’ my dad asked. ‘What do I have to lose?’ was my answer.” (Choyce 147-148) This quotation tells us that Michael wanted to go back to school and start a new life again. He keeps repeating that he has nothing to lose, which shows us that he is starting from scratch again and has nothing that he can possibly lose. In addition, Michael
The results of one’s involvement in society’s conflicts can be devastating. The short story “Gregory” by Panos Ioannides creates a setting where the characters are involved in the 1925 revolutionary conflict between Britain and Cyprus. Consequently, the plot focuses around an executioner who has the order to kill a British captive named Gregory, who became his friend. To make matters worse, fellow soldiers inform the executioner that he must to kill Gregory or else the Headquarters will execute him for failure to obey orders. Therefore, he struggles with the decision to either please his society or stay true to his friendship with Gregory. The author emphasizes this difficulty with use of mood, stream of consciousness, foreshadowing and visual imagery. Thus, Panos Ioannides short story “Gregory” develops the idea that society’s expectations and relationships can influence one’s moral decisions and create consequences.
Eventually, he ended his rampage in a third floor lecture hall where he shot and wounded several more people before ending his own life. Suicide notes found on him revealed that his motives were based on his hatred for feminists, stating that they have “ruined his life”. It also revealed a hit list containing 15 public figures, probably found through news media sources, but stated that he was unable to act upon it. Instead, all his victims turned out to be strangers that were unfortunate enough to be caught in the killing spree (Maser, 1987).
A big problem in American army was that soldiers was taking care for their own interests and not for the interest their fellow soldiers. An example of this was when Martin badly injured his foot and when he went to see surgeon he was told to wait for the surgeon's game was not to be interrupted by “minor affairs”.Martin also explained his encounter with a “wounded captain” who “begged his sergeant to help him off the field”and how the captain was disregarded until Martin stepped in to help. This situation shows that instead than risking their lives for each other ,they prefer to allow their fellow colleges to die than spend extra energy in saving them. A reason for this probably was the motive for entering the army. Most of the soldiers enlisted in the army because of the money. Problems in the relations had not only soldier to soldier but also soldier to officers. Martin stated this in the comment which an officer gave him about sick soldier:”If he dies the country will be rid of someone who can do it no good.”This comment showed us that the officer did not have any respect for the sick soldier.
this killing he seems unable to do anything other than sit and think about the
Stops dwelling on his actions in order to stop feeling sympathy or guilt, which allows him to cope with killing others
The story “Soldiers Home” reveals the conflicts of Harold. Harold is in conflict with himself and the society. He has withdrawn from the society by refusing to engage in a relationship and staying a silent life. He also feels betrayed by the society. To resolve the conflicts, he leaves to his home and hometown to Kansas City to find a new life (Hemingway) The story setting is based on the tile ‘Soldiers Home’ through implication o a physical and temporal
In a sense of panic, he quotes multiple times, “My daddy said” (12)(14). The repetition is significant as it acknowledges the fact that he is dishonest to conceal his humiliation in front of his classmates and his teacher. Furthermore, he is also attempting to convince himself that he has a dad, as the repeating of the phrase is to bring the father he wishes for to life. The other person he yearns for in his life is Helene Tucker, as “her goodness, her cleanness, and her popularity” (3) is a foil to the description of Gregory as he “couldn’t spell, couldn’t read, couldn’t do arithmetic”(6). The parallel structure compares the two characters which represents the different perceptions of blacks during this time. He describes Helene as if he looks lowly among himself and extols her lifestyle, as he sustained an aspiration to have the esteem she carries within herself. Gregory also used the anaphora “pregnant with” (6) to illustrate the burdens he faces building up inside of him as he realizes the discrimination he will face. It conveys that he feels like he consequently stands out in his class, which brings him shame. There is no room for anything else inside of him, as his ignominy fills him up.
Gregory Mantsios skillfully uses literary devices to illustrate his thesis to the intended audience within his essay “Class In America”. He effectively uses compare and contrast methods through juxtaposition to further his arguments. In addition, Mantsios also uses symbolism that allows readers to utilize imagery that helps sustain the author’s thesis. Furthermore, the author uses repetition to reiterate his claims regarding his thesis periodically throughout “Class In America”. Through the practical use of literary devices, the author is able to create effective connections with the reader in which justifies Gregory Mantsios overall thesis.
The smell in the room was overwhelming for her but done what was needed to take care of her brother. Gregory learned to maneuver in his room entertaining himself by climbing the walls and hanging from the ceiling. “Gregory’s nights and days passed almost entirely without sleep” (Kafka, 2006, p.1989). A new cleaning lady was hired and did not fear Gregory referring to him as “the old dung beetle” (Kafka, 2006, p.1991). She came in and cleaned and left. Gregory was eating very little, when he passed by his food he would take a bite. One day his room became very cramped. His family as a way to make money moved in borders. The borders soon discovered Gregory and demanded that they not pay rent for the time they had stayed and to be able to leave right away. The family was exhausted from trying to keep Gregory a secret. His sister did not want to refer to the creature as her brother but instead wanted rid of it. Gregory hurried to his room and the door slammed and bolted behind him. That was the last time he would see his family, when the clock struck three “independently of his will, his head sank to the floor and his last breath streamed feebly from his nostrils”(Kafka, 2006, p.1996). The cleaning lady discovered him the next morning and notified the family at once that he was dead.
He wasn’t sure whether he would run or fight during his first battle. When the first battle begins, he gets scared and flees. After finding his way back to the regiment he was embarrassed by his actions and lies to the soldiers to conceal his fear. He told them that he was separated from the regiment when in fact he fled from the battle. As time progressed his anger towards the enemy transforms him from being fearful into a war savage. He becomes angry and only wants the other side’s blood. After some time his regiment is sent home. As this was happening, he realizes that there is more to life than war and revenge. He remembers the good times in life before he was sent to war. He is no longer afraid of war, but realizes that he doesn’t need to embrace it any
First the clues, the clues were his letter he would write this letter admitting that he killed the people that were killed and tease the police for not knowing what they said for these letters were not like any normal letter they were written in a code that no one could find out, but one day a normal teacher and his wife cracked the code when they cracked the code on one of the letters and that code said a message It states in one of the cites “Several days later, high school teacher Donald Harden and his wife, Bettye, were able to solve the cipher. "I like killing people because it is so much fun," it read. "It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of all." This is what the code said this is why he likes killing people because he says it is fun. I guess we could cross the why part of the reason he did kill people… for fun. Another example of why he would kill people is because according to a cite it said he killed people because he was collecting souls for the afterlife kind of like a salve. This shows that it may be a religious reason no one really knows maybe it was both. Or maybe this was part of his plan,or did he say both to throw the police off who knows what goes on in a psychopath's