The Relentless Machine
Through satire and irony using her perspective as an Iraqi woman, Dunya Mikhail personifies war as a machine, rather than the traditional masculine perspective of heroism on the battlefield. In “The War Works Hard” war is never ending; it is relentless and without mercy as it destroys everything in its path, leaving an endless generational wake of scars among the civilian victims caught in the zone that the war has chosen. The war scars forever.
Wars are often glorified in tone to give praise and respect for those on the battlefields. There is an overall understanding that there are sacrifices needed in order to accomplish a larger goal. Excluded from this understanding is the realization that the effects of war …show more content…
This in turn lubricates and fuels the machine to continue its “efficient” (3) vicious cycle of an eye-for-an-eye “… with unparalleled / diligence!” (51-52) so that it can “swing copes through the air” (8) tomorrow. Never pausing and becoming thoughtless the routine of the war machine becomes muscle memory, and from muscle
In regards to war, Gandhi once commented, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent.” In other words, violence masks its potential impairment by seeming innocuous at first; however, the true damage, often permanent, can be seen chronically. The idea reflected by Gandhi’s quote can be proven through an examination of World War I and Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. Although soldiers and governments in both worlds initially saw honor and security of their countries as valid reasons for going to war, what ultimately came of that conflict were both immediate consequences, such as loss of innocence and development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (often referred to as PTSD) among young soldiers, as well as permanent, long-term consequences, like the hatred the war had spurred in Germans which ultimately ensued to Hitler’s rise to power.
War causes death, poverty, diseases, destruction, and many more devastating and unavoidable consequences. The government drafted men into military service, giving them no choice but to separate them from their daily lives, friends, and families. Soldiers fight in wars while putting their lives on the line and are only rewarded with physical or psychological injuries. Countries wage war against one another in order to resolve disputes and disagreements between them. Individuals, such as nurses, soldiers, and civilians undergo traumatic events when they are caught in the middle of a war. Although some may argue that war does not impact the self the most, based on the informational text, “War Escalates” by Paul Boye, the short story, “Where
War Is Not The Answer War is never the answer. People can never get anything out of it because in the end, there is just going to be more chaos. In the book, My Brother Sam Is Dead by James and Christopher Collier, a lot of the hard times for the American Revolution are presented with the Meeker Family. The main characters are Sam and Tim Meeker along with the supporting characters, Mr. and Mrs. Meeker. In My Brother Sam Is Dead, both sides of war are shown, author's Collier and Collier ultimately argue that war is not going to achieve anything.
Throughout history, war between man has been nearly inevitable. The impact of war has always been devastating on all aspects. However, loss in war is mostly seen within the loss of land, wealth and the numbers of lives lost. There are few accounts of the true losses felt from war, the loss felt by the survivors and the true cost of human life. In the excerpt from All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, illustrates the impact on human life and question what the cost of human life was impacted. While Vera Brittain memoir of Memory and Battlefield Tourism, recounts her pain felt as a survivor. The cost of war is not only a calculated number, it has a long-lasting effect on the survivors.
Some people think going to war is fun, getting to have guns and drive tanks. But logical kids know war isn’t all that exciting. You can get killed, your country can get bombed and you have to worry about new things like rationing money and food. In the historical fiction novel My Brother Sam Is Dead by the Collier brothers, we learn that war can divide and destroy individuals, families and communities.
We all, as a people who have not seen the real war, are left in a state of confusion and uncertainty, when it comes to think about the war times, without real information and impressions of the combatants. Of course, looking from the bigger frame, there is no any event that had demolished the valuable heritage of humankind. But if we get closer, “we cannot, indeed, imagine our own death; whenever we try to do so we find that we survive ourselves as spectators”. People often try to imagine a war, in which 18 years olds had been killed mercilessly for the sake of their land, mothers of the soldiers lost the piece of their hearts and women had waited for their beloved ones even if they knew that they will not come. We are the people who did not
I consider myself a lucky person because I never had the chance to live a real war events. I learned in school about wars involving my country, I read many books about wars, I watched many movies about wars, but I never have experienced the emotions of war. Anyway, there have been wars since the beginning of the world and continues to exist today. In my family there are few members who have experienced the horrors of war and even my parents told me about the negative effects of war seen through the eyes of children. I understood how bad war can bring both to a human life and in the life of a nation. But most of the time, I thought only the negative effects of war in terms of economic, social, loss of lives, and less on the
War has been designed to show a ghastly frame that sets out for propaganda, defeats, and victories. Involving multiple aspects, war exhibits a product of both human choice and human actions. “And a person's definition of war often expresses the person's broader political philosophy, such as limiting war to a conflict between nations or state. Alternative definitions of war can include conflict not just between nations but between schools of thought or ideologies.” (Moseley, Alexander.
This paper will deal with the Perspective of War and how the certain aspects of war has forever changed the history and thought processes of civilizations worldwide. The paper will focus on the duty and action of war, the destruction and fear of war, and finally the memory of war.Investigating these ideas will give us a broader understand of how war has forever changed us as a society and how art is the perfect representation of this change.
War is seen as a way for countries to gain power, but what about the people in it? For those people, war is a curse that causes regret, war is a curse that stays with someone even after the war, and war is a curse that makes someone do the unthinkable. One example how war is a curse is that it causes regret. In Ambush from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, the story is about a veteran that faces his regret when his young daughter asks him if he has killed anyone. Later in the story he says, “Sometimes I forgive myself, other times I don’t. In the ordinary hours of life I try not to dwell on it, but now and then, when I’m reading a newspaper or just alone in a room, I’ll look up and see the young man coming out of the morning fog” (O’Brien 2).
Within chapter three, Ramsbotham et al (2015) discusses several repercussions of war such as death, mortality as it relates to health and well-being, displacement of citizens, property or land damage, and the detrimental effects passed on to future generations. However, while death and health related repercussions are heart wrenching,
When we think of war, we usually think about the materialistic aspects of it. But war does more than physically change us, it exposes us to the world and opens up our minds. In war, we are exposed to the true horrors of the world, forcing us to rethink who we want to be and bring out our best, or worst, traits. Those qualities determine what kind of decisions we make and how they impact others. The Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, affecting countless people and changing them in ways they never could have imagined.
War is a reality many people must face every day. War can bring out the best in people, and unfortunately the worst. This pit of war can render people inescapable and powerless. This pit of war affects the decisions people make, and this horrid pit torture and blind the mind to see life in the true colors of black and white.
War – it isn’t desired by anyone. If we can, we try to avoid it as much as possible. But there are times when war can’t be avoided. This fighting ultimately leads to thousands of innocent lives lost – men, women and children. We grieve their deaths, we mourn their deaths and we feel saddened by their deaths.
Child of the Bodom once said, “I got the one, the dream of horror! Dreams of blood, dreams of war! Rudest eyes have seen the fright, welcome to the eternal night!” Throughout history, there has been many horrific wars and tragic events that have happened. Most of them have been life changing to the world. The rapid and advance changes of technology and the positive workforce changes for women have caused this world to be a better place. War has greatly affected the human being’s individual itself. The reality and truth of war causes individuals to commit acts of cruelty towards each other, to struggle to keep their faith, and to die emotionally.