Aside from the physical harm that they have to endure, these soldiers have to bear with the emotional stress brought about by fear and longing for the families they left at home.
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien is a novel based on war stories as told by the author. It tells of how the protagonist, Tim O'Brien got himself into fighting during the Vietnam War and what his experiences on the battlefield were. He confessed that his reason for joining the army was not because he believed in the war's cause, but because his fear of shame. Disappointing his family and guilt about trying to avoid that war were more important to him than his own beliefs and convictions. He described how soldiers died their own painful but honorable deaths and how these affected those who were left behind. O'Brien was able to show how the soldiers' relationships and interaction among themselves were not limited to their profession but have become more personal. Those who fought the Vietnam War had bigger enemies than the ones who held M16 rifles and grenades. They each had their own personal distress, anxiety, and grief to battle against (O'Brien, 1990).
On the other hand, "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque tells stories of the killing and fighting th ...Show more