The Disregard Of Life During War

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The Disregard for Human Life during War Times The quality of life for soldiers of war has decreased and basic necessities are lost. The value of civilian lives is also lost in the disputes between two countries. An example of this is, “Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes… children thrown into the flames” (Wiesel 33). The above quote from Night by Elie Wiesel represents the disregard of life and the horrors that can be seen in times of war. Many wonder why war changes the value of human lives. Why does war have the power to choose if your life is worth keeping? The quality of life decreases in times of war therefore showing the realities of war and the toll it takes on the soldiers and civilians involved. Conflicts such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War One, World War Two and the Vietnam War all share common characteristics. Throughout each of these wars the quality of life has decreased because of the demands and needs for soldiers and civilians. Examples of these poor conditions can be seen in journals, letters, propaganda posters, photographs, speeches, essays and songs. These examples prove that the soldiers in these wars lost many of the activities that many take for granted. It also shows how surviving life outside of the fighting is just as hard as the war itself. This further proves that war is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly.
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