A Shared Perspective On War Essay

1000 words - 4 pages

Since the beginning of humans, some sort of conflict ahs arisen between them. Every culture has had a different take on war. There is however a general consensus that war is necessary. Those who question war are looked upon as deviants. It was hard and is still difficult to appose war now. Rise Against’s song Hero of War and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est can be compared through the problems with war, the unnecessary glorification of war, and breaking from what society thinks of war. Through both works of art there is a general consensus on the terror of war.

There are many problems with war that are shown in Hero of War. War crimes are a major problem with any war. The American are not above this either. In the Iraq war they committed many atrocities against Iraqi prisoners. Rise Against displays how horrible war crimes are, “They took off his clothes. They pissed in his hands.) This lyric from the song explains that they followed orders and captured this man, but power got to their heads. They tortured this man, who they had taken away from his family. “[They] beat him with guns” over and over again even though he war unarmed and probably innocent.

In World War One the soldiers were not taken care of very well and were made to live in very horrible conditions. In Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen shows the problems of war through the mustard gas. They all “[fit] the clumsy helmets just in time” except for one soldier who starts to drown in his own fluids. He starts choking and lunging at the other men, but nothing can be done to help him. He is then flung onto a cart and shipped away. There are many problems with this. Not only is there the emotional toll of losing a friend, but also the constant torturing fear that the same fate could happen to one of them

The title of Hero of War makes the obvious point of the glorification of war. However throughout the entire song it contradicts the line “and when I come home they’ll be damn proud of me.” Rise Against wants their audience to see these contradictions and reflect on how war is not as noble as people once thought. Rise Against also uses colourful imagery to paint horrifying images in their audiences’ head. They talk about the children crying when their poor father is taken away and beaten (and urinated on). They talk about the girl with the white flag. She is shot down in cold blood. The final line of that stanza is her blood soaking the earth.

Dulce et Decorum Est translates into “It is sweet and right”. Very similar to Hero of War, where the title contradicts the content of the poem. Wilfred Owen talks about the “incurable sores on innocent tongues.” Shows war is not wonderful or heroic, but...

Find Another Essay On A Shared Perspective on War

A Functionalist Perspective on Illegal Dumping

1343 words - 5 pages A Functionalist Perspective on Illegal Dumping Illegal dumping is the disposal of waste or trash in areas other than permitted disposal sites. Forms of illegal dumping and litter include disposing of empty cans in a forest, pouring factory waste down a storm sewer, placing furniture along a back property line, dropping a bag of grass trimmings in an open field, and discarding cigarette butts on the side of the road. The many forms of illegal

A Doris Lessing Perspective on Youth Gangs

2548 words - 10 pages Philpott 1Robert P. PhilpottProfessor EarleWriting and Critical Thinking 10118 November 2003A Doris Lessing Perspective on Youth GangsYouth gangs are very attractive to youths in the inner-cities of America. These gangs are usually very corrupt and very violent. What many people do not realize is that these gangs are having a very large impact on not only the youth of America, but this country in general. Why do youths find comfort in these

Perspective on “Color” From a Child’s Eye

2782 words - 12 pages at such an early age, where do they learn this behavior? Parents are the major socializing agents in young children’s lives. They take on the roles of teachers, models, and disciplinarians (Holden, 2010). We as parents tell our children our opinion of how things make sense to us. We give them opinions of what car is best drive, where is the best place to live, and maybe even teach them a special trade that was taught to us by our parents or

A Perspective on Corruption: A Look at Executive Compensation

1145 words - 5 pages In the West, practiced corruption is usually portrayed as a pertinent part of life in the developing world. In these so-called developing states, corruption is often deliberate. However, it does exist in the West in more covert forms. In an interview by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now, Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies was being asked to elaborate on unequal monetary situation of the United States. The questions

A Rhetorical Perspective on the Issue of WikiLeaks

1715 words - 7 pages Menace or Assurance? : A Rhetorical Perspective on the Issue of WikiLeaks Founded in 2006 by Australian journalist Julian Assange, the website WikiLeaks had quickly risen in infamy over the past few years (Majerol 19). The controversial website had posted hundreds of thousands of classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan war, revealing government cover-ups, a secret assassination unit and the killing of civilians among many things

A Philosophical Perspective on the Regulation of Business

3022 words - 12 pages A Philosophical Perspective on the Regulation of Business ABSTRACT: The paper compares the Anglo-American and continental legal systems in parallel with a comparison of the philosophical foundations for each. The defining philosophical distinction between the two legal traditions (viz., the Anglo-American system is predicated on idealism and the continental system on materialism) is shown to influence the way in which criminal justice is

Place with God: A Mennonite Perspective on the Sacred

1206 words - 5 pages In the article, Place with God: A Mennonite Perspective on the Sacred, Gayle Gerber Koontz, defines “place”, and relates place to a special relationship (place) with God. She begins with a recounting of her experience with a family store that burns down, leaving her parents with feelings of “placelessness”. The author is a Mennonite, a part of the Christian family of religions. Mennonites believe in “Anabaptism”

Perspective on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

1947 words - 8 pages see original judgments made about characters transform into new conceptions and new understandings. Some characters twist your views of them on purpose, others do it involuntarily. To Kill a Mockingbird shows this happening over and over again. All you have to do is look for it. Boo Radley, also known as Arthur Radley, is the scary, evil creature that lives in the creepy old house down the street from Jem and Scout, and is misjudged

The Perspective of a Heterosexual Teenager on Same Sex Marriage

1462 words - 6 pages matrimony is a very sacred commitment between heterosexuals because God accepts their special intimate emotions that they share, but homosexual marriages are clearly unaccepted in God's perspective regardless of how deep their feelings are for each other.In addition, the bishop has emphasized two points. Firstly, he stressed that homosexuals should greatly reconsider their sex preference, for the reason that the bible has never stated or implied

Film Report On 'American Me': A Therapeutic Perspective

1385 words - 6 pages Film Report on American Me: A Therapeutic Perspective "American Me" is a fictional film having a factual basis, starring and directed by Edward James Olmos. Released to the national theater circuit in 1992, "American Me" depicts the life of Rodolfo Cadena, a ranking Carnal (gang member) in the prison gang La Eme, also known as the Mexican Mafia. To therapeutically approach the salience and pervasiveness of gang

A Social Worker's Perspective on the Gay and Lesbian Community

2401 words - 10 pages A Social Worker's Perspective on the Gay and Lesbian Community The community I chose to research is the Gay and Lesbian community. I chose to look at this community because, as I meet more and more people in my life, I have found that I come into contact with many Gay and Lesbian people, and to understand their issues, would be beneficial to a social worker. As Berkman and Zinberg (1997), states, social workers are "susceptible to

Similar Essays

A Religious Perspective On Motivation Essay

2894 words - 12 pages in various forms which can be generally grouped into two categories negative and positive. While these two categories exist in both Western and Eastern religions, both take decidedly different approaches to motivation.Negative Motivations from a Western Religious PerspectiveSin from a religious perspectiveSin from a Western religious perspective is viewed as the breaking of God's law or of God's will. The Bible, John 3:4 states: "Whosoever

Taking On A New Perspective Essay

1105 words - 5 pages agency along with the consequences of their “rebellion” from social norms. Chopin was able to write the short stories as such due to her own unconventional upbringing and late lifestyle. Before she was known as Kate Chopin, she was born as Katherine O’Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri on February 8, 1851 to Thomas and Eliza O’Flaherty. Her mother was of French-Creole descent, while her father was a native of Ireland. Unfortunately, her father was

War In Afghanistan: A Sociological Perspective

1199 words - 5 pages beliefs a person has developed in early childhood. For the purposes of this paper, the social conflict perspective will be discussed in detail. Social Conflict Perspective. If I believed in the social conflict perspective, my views on the reasons why Canada would participate in the war in Afghanistan would be that the basic human rights of Afghan women are being violated, lives of Afghan citizens and insurgents are being sacrificed for the

War, Media, And Propaganda : A Global Perspective

3135 words - 13 pages World War Two. The government went so far as to create an agency to control the content and imagery of these posters called the Office of War Information (OWI) in June 1942 (Bird, Rubenstein). These posters were centered on different messages. According to Shoemaker, “If one picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the story a million posters can tell! With the sights and sounds of advertising today, it is hard to imagine that a single printed