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Stories and Consequences of War

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It is senior year in high school and everyone starts to wonder what they will do as soon as they graduate. Some people are thinking of going away to college, others are planning on taking a break before doing anything with their life, but most of the people are thinking of joining the army. Some of them do not know what a war really is or which consequences you may face when joining the army. There are two stories that help to explain what exactly you do in the army and the effects it has on you. One of the stories is "Soldier's Home" by Ernest Hemingway and the other one is "How to Tell a True War Story" by Tim O'Brien. Both stories have similarities and differences. They are told from different points of view and different situations.
“Soldier’s Home” is mainly about a boy named Krebs. Krebs is a boy who enlisted in the Marines in 1917 and did not went back home until summer 1919. I think that Krebs is the way he is because he went away to war without being fully mature. He ended up growing up while in the war, away from his family and everyone he loved. He came home from war so much later because he did not want to face the changes that have happened in his town. I think he was scare to come home because war also changed his way of thinking. Krebs does not get involved with women once he's home because he does not want to work to get a girl. He thinks that American girls are too complicated and that he needs to go through many things to get one of them. He got used to the way European women were because without you talking to them, they would become your friend. Now, thanks to his mother's advice, he is thinking of becoming successful in live. Things like getting a job are rounding his mind.
“How to Tell a True War Story” is about O’Brien’s own experience as a soldier and a story his friend told him. The story is mainly about things that happened in the war. In the end, no one knows if it's true or not because they are inexplicable things that you would not think that would ever happen in real life. Very often it reaffirms that it is a true story, however, it also says that you would never know if the story is true or not.
I loved O'Brien's style because the way the story is told and retold helped me comprehend the story much better. Both authors use the correct language to express the right feelings concerning the story. The language is also appropriate to the times. It makes me think of the story as it was back in those days. However, the messages about the war they try to give the reader are very different from each other. O'Brien's message is that you can make friends in the war to help you get over the pain and live every day thinking about those people who brighten your day every single day. Hemingway's message is that war changes everyone's perspective about life and after the war you are not the same person anymore.
In conclusion, both stories had their own meaning and point of view even though they talked basically about the same subject. The war has its own significance to everyone. No one has the same perspective of war as you. In these stories, the authors knew how to explain their point of view and their experience. I fully understood them. War changes everyone’s life. Some changes are good and others not so good, but at the end it is a new experience and a new life lesson.

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