Heros Without Faces Essay

1041 words - 4 pages

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS

Throughout school, many students come in contact with the picture of the six marines raising the American flag in the battle of Iwo Jima. The students also know this picture as a statue that was made to honor all of those that were lost in this tragic battle. James Bradley wanted to change how people looked at this picture or statue. He wanted to give each marine a name to go along with the hand or face that is seen in the picture. James, when writing the book, makes each chapter the next stage in each of the six men lives.
James Bradley begins the book by giving the reader the background of each of men. The men, oddly enough, represent how America was before World War II started. There is the farmer, Franklin Sousley, the rancher, Harlon Block, the mill worker, Rene Gagnon, the Native American, Ira Hayes, the immigrant, Mike Strank, and the serious small towner, Jack Bradley, which when placed together form a cross-section of America.
After outlining all the marines’ history, James Bradley, then goes into why America is in the war in the pacific with Japan. He also goes into father detail as to why the six men joined the marines. Along with the six marines, James explains what characteristics in this war make it different, such as amphibious warfare. This is the method where Marine Corps troops go ashore onto Pacific islands from ships to assault the enemy (Webster Dictionary). Another important fact that he brings up, is why the battle of Iwo Jima is going to be so hard to win. This is because all the Japanese were train to fight till they die; not one single Japanese expected to return home because in their eyes it was an honor to fight till death for the emperor.
By the end of the chapter, all six men are transferred to a special unit of the Marines to begin a year of hard training. This is where they found out that they were going on a special mission to “Island X”, later revealed as Iwo Jima. This training camp was also where they all met because they were in the same company, Easy Company. The men tried to stay up-beat, but most of them knew that the battle of Iwo Jima was going to be there last.
After training the six men were then placed in a group, called Spearhead, which left Pearl Harbor and sailed toward Iwo Jima hoping to make land fall on February 19, 1945, also known as D-day. The defenses the Japanese built on Iwo Jima was like none ever expected. They made what looked like an underground city with an extensive series of underground tunnels, James Bradley explains. This defense is what made Iwo Jima the bloodiest and most costly battle of the war in terms of lives lost and injuries.
James Bradley describes how he found people to give interviews to describe the events of the first awful days of battle for the Marines at Iwo Jima. To let the reader know just how bad D-day was, James puts in...

Find Another Essay On heros without faces

The French Lieutenant's Woman as Victorian Realistic Novel

1822 words - 7 pages unmarried 19th century couples could not even spend time alone without arousing suspicion. Charles follows his heart and chooses Sarah, despite his being socially destroyed for it. Ana breaks off the affair with Mike out of shame and guilt after she meets his family. Even though the plots unfold as a sort of foil to each other in a social and moral context, the outcomes are acceptable to the audience, although not always happy.   It is this

"Finding Nemo" in comparison with "Myths Within's" stages of a hero

2603 words - 10 pages seven stages are Journey, Goddess, Power, Pain, Triumph, Love and Paradise. Dory befriends Marlin and she becomes his companion on the journey, she is the goddess of the story. Marlin is very cautious, determined and loving, this is his power. Marlin faces his greatest fears and he experiences pain as he loses his wife, coral, and all but one of his unborn children from a barracuda attack. Marlins only love was coral. Marlins triumph and paradise

Term Paper

2658 words - 11 pages physically, until he has enough strength to come back into the sunlight and face his worst enemy. Journeys from hero myths obviously still have an affect into modern heros today. The stories are still so similar despite how old the Greek mythology is, which will always leave a mark on today’s stories. Every good hero has their trustworthy sidekick. In Greek mythology, Perseus was able to find people on the way along his journeys that helped him

Othello

3342 words - 13 pages (IV, i, 79) fitCALLET (IV, ii, 120) whore, drabMOE (IV, iii, 54) moreRELUME (V, ii, 13) relightREPROBANCE (V, ii, 208) damnation.VERBSShakespearean verb forms differ from modern usage in three main ways:1. Questions and negatives could be formed without using 'do/did' as when Othello asks Desdemona:Weep'st thou for him to my face? (V, ii, 78)where today we would say: 'Do you weep for him in front of me?' and where Desdemona answers:O banish me

When the Bubble Burst

1539 words - 6 pages saw that greed a huge factor feeding the housing crisis, yet I didn’t know which side was to blame. My sister and brother in-law wanted more house than they could afford, and the bank was willing to lend them more than they should. This crisis sent the government into action to avoid what many were calling the greatest financial crisis of our time. Although many experts suggest an economic depression was imminent without the Troubled Asset

phase diagram

4456 words - 18 pages Introduction: Chemical equilibrium is a crucial topic in Chemistry. To represent and model equilibrium, the thermodynamic concept of Free energy is usually used. For a multi-component system the Gibbs free energy is a function of Pressure, Temperature and quantity (mass, moles) of each component. If one of these parameters is changed, a state change to a more energetically favorable state will occur. This state has the lowest free energy

Revolutionary Work of Art

1890 words - 8 pages masses, not propaganda. The work of art is now inserted into different contexts with new interpretations and it is now possible to copy an art work. Benjamin states that “the work of art has always been reproducible. Objects made by humans could always be copied by humans” (1052). As a result, aura implies authenticity, but there is no authenticity without its destruction in technological reproducibility. Since art itself is politicizing, it

Enlightenment Thought in New Zealand Schools

1594 words - 6 pages without the beliefs of others being forced upon them. As Scruton (1998) states “the aristocratic order had been destroyed” This also removed the exclusiveness of clerical privilege, this helped individuals to be equal and have equality with each other. (Kant, 1995). This ideal of equal opportunities continued into the nineteenth century with the development of the universal system of education. In the nineteenth century liberal ideals came

Psychological Egoism Theory

2240 words - 9 pages The theory of psychological egoism is indeed plausible. The meaning of plausible in the context of this paper refers to the validity or the conceivability of the theory in question, to explain the nature and motivation of human behavior (Hinman, 2007). Human actions are motivated by the satisfaction obtained after completing a task that they are involved in. For example, Mother Teresa was satisfied by her benevolent actions and

How Celtic Folkore has Influenced My Family

1587 words - 6 pages were issues that were more complicated and could not be solved with a folktale, Finn MacCoul was always in our minds whenever we disagreed. This version teaches about forgiveness and mistakes while my dad’s version of Finn MacCoul shows how it is important to not judge a book by its cover. My father’s version of the legend tells the story of Finn MacCoul finding the Salmon of Knowledge after King Cormac “tossed it aside without a second

Julia Margaret Cameron

1406 words - 6 pages At a time when women were looked upon as being homemakers, wives, mothers and such the late 1850's presented a change in pace for one woman in specific. Photography was discovered in 1826 and soon after the phenomenon of photography was being experimented with and in turn brought new and different ways of photo taking not only as documenting real time, but also conceptualizing a scene in which an image would be taken. Julia Margaret Cameron will

Similar Essays

Hero Essay

881 words - 4 pages WebbTamara WebbMrs. EleyAcc. English 4 .715 October 2013Hero EssayBefore and ModernRalph Waldo Emerson a man of much importance in American Literatures Transcendentalism stage said, "A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer." A hero today is defined as, a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. Someone who faces danger from a position of weakness and

The Legend Of Zelda: A Perfect Religion

2003 words - 9 pages of the Legend of Zelda is the perfect combination of all of the religions is the idea of the afterlife. Now the games seem to be very vague on the idea of the afterlife, expect for the heros themselves. In the games, Link faces many ghosts and dead heros, and spirits along his journey but besides this not much else is said as to where the dead go after you kill them. The most prominent idea is hinted at in the games Oracle of Ages and in Ocarina

Comparing The Hero In Sophocles' Oedipus The King, Homer's Odyssey, And Tan's Joy Luck Club

2662 words - 11 pages Heros in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club         In world literature, there are two types of archetypal protagonists, the mythic hero and the tragic hero. Mythic heroes, like Homer's Odysseus, represent the combination of superhuman virtues and human imperfections. These traits create a supernatural adventure with a realistic character. The mythic hero is favored by divine powers and eventually

Gilgamesh And Odysseus: Perfect Heros Essay

1504 words - 6 pages Gilgamesh and Odysseus: Perfect Heros Gilgamesh and Odysseus are similar not only in their physical appearances but also in the way the two of them deal with life's dilemmas. Although Gilgamesh and Odysseus possess great strength and sharp minds, their own flaws blind them similarly, which does not aid in their quest for what they desire. As part of their heroic character, the gods must guide them in order to reach their goals. In every