War In Literature


War In Literature Essay, Research Paper

War In Literature

In war soldiers go through traumatizing experiences.

Some go insane in battle, those who live through the war

often suffer from post war syndrome. They wonder daily

whether they are going to live or die, and how their wife

and family are. Many often hope for a cushy one in the

leg, to go home. The Sergeant s Private Madhouse , The

Second Variety , and Goodbye to all That have many similar

war aspects but as technology evolved many new war

experiences were interwoven.

The Sergeants Private Madhouse by Stephen Cuane takes

place during the Spanish-American War, Goodbye to All That

is during World War I, and The Second Variety is set in

the future. Technological advances went from simple guns to

killer robots. Like in The Second Variety , people were

killed by the continent with nuclear weapons and the

survivors had to deal with robots who s only purpose is to

kill the living. Things weren t like in The Sergeants

Private Madhouse where the biggest fear was a bayonet

charges and simple firearm fire. Or like in Goodbye to All

That where small explosives and sniper rifles were commonly

used. There was also the introduction of poison gas at this


Even though the weapons evolved and wars became more

like an early death. Most soldiers suffered traumatizing

effects, whether it be from hypothermia or witnessing your

brother s death. The Sergeants Private Madhouse had one

soldier loose it during battle. He sang children s songs

while his troop tried to defend a surprise attack. In

Goodbye to all That men were so afraid they d try to get a

cushy shot to the arm or leg so they could go home. Even

in The Second Variety the creators of the robotic soldiers

cursed their creation.

Soldiers rarely did what their mind thought right.

Rather they stayed on the battle field for one reason, the

love for their country. The soldiers in The Sergeant s

Private Madhouse stayed close and fought like a team rather

than worked like everyone for them self. And the damage in

The Second Variety and Goodbye to all That was obvious

and the soldiers ignored their instinct to flee.

The most common thing with war is the death. Whole

continents were wiped out in The Second Variety . Many

deaths were experienced in close range, some were friends

and brothers. Some of the soldiers who tried to get cushy

ones for early relief from the war got it, only in a casket.

Just imagine a well aimed grenade in a trench of people.

The Russians had little chance against the claws who used

their number to their advantage and their ability to


It s a wonder why war even exists. However they will

always exists as long as a man has problems with things. I

just hope that World War III doesn t happen while I m

around. I really hope that the prediction for the future,

in The Second Variety is not accurate. I do not want

humans to become extinct and replaced by robots.

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