“The war was over and there was no place in particular to go” (157). Thoughts of sorrow and loss overwhelm the Vietnam veterans upon their return back home. Crushed from the horror of war, they come back to even bigger disappointments and sadness. Instead of the mellow lives they lead before they left their native country and the presence of warm and caring everyday life, most of them encounter empty beds, cold family ambiance and overall loss. Already physically and emotionally defeated, they find betrayal instead of recuperating trust. There is nothing to nourish their depleted and deprived psyches; they do not find anything to rely on. Even in instances of supportive partners, the inevitable horrors of the war haunt them in sleep or come back to them in daydreaming. They all came back with multitude of disorders, predominately with a post traumatic stress disorder with the common symptoms of recurring nightmares, hypersensitivity, avoidance behavior, and intrusive thoughts, feelings and memories-commonly found in war vets. The Things They Carried represents a compound documentary novel written by a Vietnam veteran, Tim O’Brien, in whose accounts on the Vietnam war one encounters graphical depictions of the PTSD. Thus, the stories “Speaking of Courage,” “The Man I Killed,” “How to Tell a True War Story,” “Enemies” and “Friends, ” “Stockings,” and “The Sweetheart of The Song Tra Bong “all encompass various examples of PTSD.
For Vietnam veterans, nothing could replenish the zest for life they had before the war. According to O’Brien’s text, upon their arrival home the veterans imagine, even hallucinate, what things would have been like if they had not suffered through the war. Examples of such occurrences exist in the stories “Speaking of Courage” and “The Man I Killed.” Norman Bowker in “Speaking of Courage” dreams and fancies of talking to his ex-girlfriend, now married to another guy, and of his dead childhood friend, Max Arnold. He lives out over and over his unfulfilled dream of having his Sally beside him and of having manly conversations with Max.
Use of Comparative Description in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
Use of Comparative Description in The Bluest Eye Upon reading The Bluest Eye a second time, I noticed something about the nature of Morrison’s prose. The term that I have heard to describe the book most frequently is beautiful. The first chapters strike me as both incredibly realistic, and unbelievably beautiful. The fact that Morrison can give a scene where Claudia is actually throwing up on herself a rosy colored, nostalgic tint, and still manage to convey a sense of realism is a testament to Morrison’s skill with words. The language certainly is beautiful, a sort of sensual prose, almost bordering on poetry. I also believe that the style of Morrison’s descriptions is a key to understanding the major underlying theme of the novel, which is the association of rac…