Victims of war
The novel Generals Die in Bed, by Charles Yale Harrison, is a book written in first person: a story from the trenches of world war one. The author Charles Harrison had a first-hand experience in the trenches. In Generals Die in Bed, soldiers are often victims because they end up with both emotional and physical scars, soldiers die on both sides and they can die at any given time.
The soldiers end up with emotional scars and also physical scars from war. The emotional scars a soldier is left with from war are from when a soldier him-self has to kill a human being. For example the character, Broadbent in the story,” Broadbent looks at me then draws his revolver and three shots into the flaming head of the recruit.”(p. 131) Broadbent will now have to ...view middle of the document...
In the book Charles describes, his scratching from the lice.”My chest is a raw wound.”(p. 28) the physical scars such as stepping on land mines and having a body parts amputated are more likely to occur, than scars caused by environment and poor hygiene. As there are many physical scars that occur in war. Is death the ultimate physical and emotional scar?
When a soldier dies do all the physical and emotional scars go away? When a soldier dies, that soldier does not have to live without an arm or without a leg, all the physical pain is gone. There are emotional scars that occur at time of death and remain long after the soldier dies. In the book the soldiers chant a song that goes, “oh, my I’m too young to die.”(p.18) is this song mental preparation for when they may encounter the moment of death? When a soldier actually dies the emotional scars are there forever. If there is any remains of the soldiers body parts, they will have to attend a burial and the final goodbyes will be said. If there are no remains of the soldier’s body parts, it is harder to say the final goodbyes. There is no final closure
In war there are no winners, war brings death which automatically causes physical and emotional scars and death can take any soldier at any time or place. Soldiers suffer, their families suffer, and the suffering never ends. The wars of yesterday brought gruesome bloodshed, as do the wars today. The wars of yesterday also brought the same painful physical and emotional scars. Nothing has changed. It seems ironic that we need to fight in violence to have peace. In the end are there really any winners?
Works Cited Booklet
Harrison, Charles Yale. Generals Die in Bed. New York: Annick, 2002. Print.