Analysis Of The Book "Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging" By Sebastian Junger English 015 Essay

1600 words - 7 pages

“Humans don’t mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary. It's time for that to end.” (Sebastian Junger, Tribe). In his brilliant book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Sebastian Junger discusses combat veterans and the difficulties they experience coming back home. The author, a prize-winning war journalist, is the maker of two well-known documentaries about the conflict in Afghanistan. As a veteran and author of at least three other notable books of war, Junger had a lot of insight to write his most recent work, Tribe. In this well-researched book, the author wants to draw the attention of our nation as a whole and make one think about how modern society brings societal disconnection, and how that affects our combat soldiers returning from war zones. Tribe is a fascinating book that could not have been better written, the author was able to clearly connect his first-hand experiences to the theme of the book. Every single American should feel entitled to read this book, since Junger argues that the high number of veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder is due to the sense of alienation they experience when they return home, and less because of the traumatic experiences during their deployments. There were three chapters out of the four in the book though, that were the most compelling to me and to the point of issue.
In the first chapter, ‘The Men and The Dogs”, Junger goes back in history to when America had an ongoing conflict with the Indians, and introduces the first argument of his book. “The preference for tribal life among many whites was a problem that played out in a particularly wrenching way during the Pennsylvania frontier wars of the 1760s” (Junger 3). The author argues that the reason why some English settlers did not want to leave their Native American captors is because of their tribal way of life, based on loyalty and selfless values. As the chapter goes on, the writer describes the basic freedoms and advantages of native life, a completely classless and egalitarian society. Junger then goes on to question why Western society might be so unpleasant. As Byung-Chul Han wrote in his book “The Burnout Society”: ““The acceleration of contemporary life also plays a role in this lack of being. The society of laboring and achievement is not a free society. It generates new constraints. Ultimately, the dialectic of master and slave does not yield a society where everyone is free and capable of leisure, too. Rather, it leads to a society of work in which the master himself has become a laboring slave. In this society of compulsion, everyone carries a work camp inside. This labor camp is defined by the fact that one is simultaneously prisoner and guard, victim and perpetrator. One exploits oneself. It means that exploitation is possible even without domination”. (Byung-Chul Han 46). Just like Junger argued in...

Find Another Essay On Analysis of the book "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging" by Sebastian Junger - English 015 - Essay

Poetry Essay: ''peaches and cream'' by mudrooroo and ''last of his tribe '' by oodgeroo noonuccal

1012 words - 4 pages In this poem I shall compare and analysis two poems ''peaches and cream'' by mudrooroo and ''last of his tribe '' by oodgeroo noonuccal. The need for analyzing both poems is that they are dedicated to people who fought for the Aboriginals; only an in-depth analysis can give a clear understanding of their poems.Analysis The Last of His Tribe by Oodgeroo Noonuccal is a true example of the period of Australian poetry it consist of the paternalistic

A Critical Analysis of the Article "Progressive Wal-Mart. Really." by Sebastian Mallaby

1216 words - 5 pages assistance. Mallaby claims Wal-Mart employees should be thankful they could work and still get medical. At the cost of sending workers home with little pay, American shoppers can save money on a shopping trip. Mallaby argues Wal-Mart is a business with growth, and American shoppers should be thankful for Wal-Mart’s low prices that save consumers money. However, mallaby doesn't mention why consumers are getting such low prices, the employees become

The Dramatic Importance of Antonio and Sebastian

1339 words - 5 pages fairly good terms with the king yet even on the return journey they mock him by nastily blaming him for the loss of his daughter in his rate. Sebastian says, ‘Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss,’ This is very unkind to an already desperately upset man. Antonio and Sebastian’s nastiness to others does not end here. They continually mock others particularly Gonzalo and Adrian. In conclusion

Essay on Frankenstein, the book. - English 12 - Essay

1913 words - 8 pages English liberals backed up the French revolutions ideals of liberty, fraternity, and equality. The values of romanticism are nature, imagination, and innocence over experience. There was much turmoil and ugliness going on in the world, which led writers to turn to nature as a getaway. The Romantics wanted to get back to nature as it was a pure thing and renewing. It was a way to get away from all the industrializing going on around them and the

The Two Enantiomers (An Analysis of Thomas Hobbes and Sebastian Casteillo)

1016 words - 5 pages completely different perspectives among the two people. Despite their differences, they endured similar fates and continued to argue for their cause. Sebastian Casteillo was a huge advocate for freedom of religion. He expressed a great deal of this particular perspective in his book, De Haereticis. He even challenged John Calvin’s perspective on religious tolerance. They had met at one point and were in agreement about accepting different religious

The Effect of White Missionaries on an African Tribe in Things Fall Apart by Achebe

1795 words - 7 pages The Effect of White Missionaries on an African Tribe in Things Fall Apart by Achebe In the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, we see the effect the white missionaries had on an African tribe and the antihero Okonkwo. The main character Okonkwo is a tragic hero. Achebe depicts Okonkwo as a Shakespearean hero with a tragic flaw, that tragic flaw is the fact that he will do anything in his power not to be a weak man like his

Theme of Loyalty in Homecoming and The Hunger Games

1197 words - 5 pages three younger siblings after their mother deserted them in a mall parking lot. In addition, Dicey has to lead her siblings to her aunt’s home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which is well over 60 miles away. At the beginning of the book, I believed that Dicey had to sacrifice everything she loved to keep her siblings close and together. But, as the novel goes on, you see that Dicey did not have to give up as much, since the one thing Dicey treasured

Essay on the Tempest by Shakespeare - English - English essay

767 words - 4 pages class, but if you are unsure if your source is appropriate please run it by me to double check. You must submit an annotated bibliography prior to the submission of your essay. The outline for this follows these instructions. Your essay is to be 4-6pages double spaced using Times New Roman, font size 12. All sources must be cited in MLA format. Remember to use in-text citations for both direct quotations and paraphrasing. Prompts: 1) This year

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. An essay on the effect's of capilists and capitalism in the book

1271 words - 5 pages The Jungle EssayEvidence #1: The house that Jurgis and his family had bought was not new at all as they had supposed; it was about fifteen years old, and there was nothing new upon it but the paint, which was so bad that it needed to be put on new every year or two. The house was one of a whole row that was built by a company which existed to make money by swindling poor people. Jurgis's family had paid fifteen hundred dollars for it, and it had

A media essay on the film verison of the book 'Of Mice and Man' by John Steinbeck. References to the book inculded

4556 words - 18 pages Film Review!The book 'Of Mice and Men' is a gripping tale by John Steinbeck and has been adapted for the cinema. Clinging to each other, the two characters are drifters working their way from place to place. Their destination is a ranch in the Salinas Valley. This gripping film has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The whole film right to the finish is ominous (destined, fated, threatening, imminent, overhanging, impending). The

Aboriginal Perspective on the Word Tribe - Laurentian University/ INDG116EL - Essay

1101 words - 5 pages 1 5 Danika Professor B. Diane Robinson INDG 116EL-10 26 October 2017 Assignment 1: Aboriginal Perspective on the Word Tribe Tribe is generally defined by a group of Native Americans sharing a common language and culture. However, did you know the word tribe can be viewed as an offensive term for Aboriginal people? Many Aboriginal people of Canada have now adopted the term nation in order to emphasize their sovereign political status. Although

Similar Essays

"The Perfect Storm" By Sebastian Junger

615 words - 2 pages want to stay on his ship poses problems for the coast guard and rescue team. The reader is given every side of the story to make it clear to the reader what is going on on every side, and how without one of them the rescue may have failed altogether. It also gives the reader a first hand look at the events as they unfold. By giving the reader the information of what the coast guard was planning, they are given some clues to the ending.Altogether

"10 Things I Hate About You", Directed By Gil Junger Analysis Of The Song "Bad Reputation" In The Movie And Its Link With Taming Of The Shrew

745 words - 3 pages The idea of an individual disregarding their own reputation is shown in the song 'Bad Reputation' written by Joan Jett. The individual demonstrates this concept by being untroubled by the thoughts and opinions of others, not doing things just to please others and being rebellious. This idea also runs through the play "Taming of The Shrew", written by William Shakespeare 1592, and the movie "10 Things I Hate About You", directed by Gil Junger

Belonging English Essay

397 words - 2 pages love from the public find solace and comfort in their English classroom. Students in this film feel a sense of security, as their classroom becomes a sanctuary where they feel safe and nurtured by their English teacher Erin Gruwell. This is seen when student Eva Benitez runs into the classroom following a fight with a peers exclaiming “I feel safe here, Miss Grunwell. Please don’t send me to Maths class”. Through the use of facial expression Eva

Compare The Homecoming And The Workbox By Thomas Hardy

1041 words - 4 pages wife' showing he looks down to her. In 'The Homecoming' and 'The Workbox' the husbands dominate the conversation also and do most of the speaking. The men patronise the women in both these poems showing that men thought more of themselves than women such as in 'The Homecoming,' the husband says, 'and ye'll soon forget to sock and sigh for dear daddee!' Also in 'The Workbox' the man starts to patronise the wife by saying, 'I should have