Stars Of War Essay

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Nicholas TongMs. BonnetteAP English23 September 2014Stars of WarFor many centuries, objects were given to military personal, such as knights, soldiers, or even samurai in order to distinguish their skill, dedication, or bravery. These objects usually give their owner respect and honor from his peers. Throughout different time periods and regions, these objects, despite having a similar meaning, have different appearances. Knights in the medieval ages, for their bravery, were awarded with crests and an occasional trinket in order to show their rank and status. Samurai were awarded with swords that depicted their rank and lord. The soldiers were given objects that directly showed a soldier's rank and status, as well as state the honorable achievements of the soldier. In World War 1, soldiers were given stars, ribbons, medals, and ranks. These objects represented their rank and skill. Throughout Ernest Hemingway's novel Farewell to Arms, officer stars are used to depict the skill of soldiers. The stars also represent one's identity and responsibilities. To Hemmingway, the stars also hold the value and suffering of war, in which many try to throw away.The officer stars are first shown importance in chapter 15, where Henry only allows the Major with the high ranking stars to operate him. He believes the Major has more skill than the other surgeon due to the fact that the Major has high ranking stars. He states that if "a surgeon [is] any good he [will] be made a major" (Hemingway 98). The person he finally let operate on him is the a surgeon of Ospedale Maggiore, who he feels comfortable with, since this surgeon has a star in a box on his sleeve, which represents having enough skill, talent, and experience of operations. He does not trust the lower ranking surgeons because he holds the belief that doctors who are in groups are doctors that [fail] in the practice of medicine and "have a tendency to seek one another's company and aid in consultation" (Hemingway 95). This shows rank, which is represented and symbolized through the use of stars, and shows a greater degree of skills. The higher the skill of an individual, the higher their rank will be. However, the skills are not derived from the stars. The stars represent the skill of its owner due to the fact that high ranking stars are given as rewarded to those with high talent in their professions. Therefor it...

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