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Without Pain There Is No Happiness In A Rumor Of War By Phillip Caputo

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There are many elements use to describe pain and suffering during novels such as, A Rumor of War and the other works that represent war and the other topics within war. Without this common element within these books and other works, war would not be accurately represented.
Pain and suffering is a common element used as a tool in literary works such as, A Rumor of War. In the book, Caputo describes the horrendous sights that he saw while serving in his tours overseas. He vividly recalls how he felt while having to write death reports about soldiers, “All reports had to be written in that clinical, euphemistic language military prefers to simple English. If, say, a marine been shot through the guts, I could not write "shot through the guts" or even "shot through the stomach"; no, I had to say; "GSW" ( gunshot wound ) "through and through, abdomen." Shrapnel wounds were called "multiple fragment lacerations," and the phrase for dismemberment, one of my very favorite phrases, was "traumatic amputation."” This was very important to the reader as it showed the deaths that Caputo had to witness, and actually observe close up. All of this helped to show the pain and suffering of those who died on those fields, and Caputo’s pain in just having to do the book work concerned with the vast amount of KIA’s, WIA’s and MIA’s. Death, is a major theme used to convey the element of pain within these literary works and other works on wars throughout time.
Movies about war through the ages also have pain and suffering as an underlying element. One such movie is The Hurt Locker, in the movie, SFC William James joins up with a Explosive Ordinance Disposal team which is on the home stretch of their tour in Iraq. James is coming into the unit in the place of Sgt. Matt Thompson, former team leader who was recently while attempting to dispose of an improvised explosive device. In the movie, the element of pain is shown at many times. The first time is in the very beginning, with the death of the former team leader. In the early goings of the movie, the members of team show they are deeply pained when Sanborn (a member of the team who witnessed the death) looks at the locker in which the coffin and the gear of his former team leader are kept in while...

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