War and Power


The song below relates to my book because Billy has a madness to him and he doesn't know when to quit insisting that aliens exsist and that he was abducted by them and lived with them. His being in WWll has probably left him with some stories that are untold and he keeps re-telling other stories about his experiences in the war and the things he's seen.


"Running From Lions"
by: All Time Low


Get me out of this place, before I cause more damage,
a small price to pay for building houses out of matchsticks;
and when things get too hot, you've got me to blame for,
every fire that breaks out in every lover's name, {so...}

Don't forget, we've got unfinished business,
stories yet to unfold,
tales that must be retold,
and I regret not knowing when to put an end to all this madness,
keeps me wanting,
keeps me wanting more...

Sell me out I'm yesterday's old news,
phrases left on paper,
black ink bleeding through
the pages where we made our history.
Call me foolish,
I feel hopeless...

Running from lions, never felt like such a mistake
(Like a deer in the headlights)
Running from lions, never felt like such a mistake
(I won't know what hit me...)
Running from lions, never felt like such a mistake
(Like a deer in the headlights)
Running from lions, never felt like such a...
(I won't know what hit me...)

Don't forget, we've got unfinished business,
stories yet to unfold,
tales that must be retold,
and I regret not knowing when to put an end to all this madness,
keeps me wanting,
keeps me wanting more...




This picture reminds me of when Billy Pilgrim is speaking in the book towards the end. The below picture is of Kurt Vonnegut making an inspirational speech.

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Below is a picture of the bodies left from the bombing in Dredsen. Billy Pilgrim was one of the people who had to clean up the bodies from the bombing. They had to dig them out of holes and then burn the remains because there were too many bodies.

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Billy Pilgrim and a few others are forced to work in a syrup factory. That syrup contained special vitamins for pregnant women which the soldiers often stole spoonfuls of. The weakened soldiers needed the vitamins to keep themselves going just a little bit longer.

In Slaughter House Five the main character Billy Pilgrim talks about his journey through his time in world war II. He was a prisoner of war and wasn't treated that great. Billy and his fellow Americans were cramped inside two boxcars and were fed little amounts of food while the Germans in the car next to them ate giant elaborate meals.




"Beneath this mask there is an idea Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof"

The movie V for Vendetta is a movie about the control the government has over people even during a postwar period,and V sets out to send the message that it is actually the people that should have the power, and it is his idea that will not stop with his death, for Evey and many other citizens carry on his message of the power of the people through wearing the costumes and fighting the troops at the end.
Chris G.
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In the book Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson, Staff Sergeant Carlos Hathcock is a sniper in the Vietnam war for the US Marine Corps. He wears a white feather on his bush hat to remind the enemy the power he has over them with his sniper weapon, which is usually a Model 70 30-06 Springfield Winchester rifle. The white feather spreads fear among the Vietcong because they know how good of a sniper he is, and that when he is in a battle, or on patrol, people die. This is a list of the Top Ten Snipers according to the Military Channel. These are snipers from all eras, and all countries around the world. You can find Carlos Hathcock somewhere on this list....

The song Hourglass by Lamb of God, describes war as being wrong, and that recruiters tell lies to young adults often to convince them to join. It says that war is only getting worse, it's a problem. The lyric "rapture of the dying age, a shattered hourglass Wrath of the warring gods and so this too shall pass" refers to the long amount time that war takes, the "shattered hourglass" being a metaphor for the time and lives lost to the "wrath of the warring gods". This song is a protest song that basically questions the reason why we go to war: so that the leaders of our countries can settle their difference in beliefs? The song says "Priveleged, a chosen few Blessed with our time in hell". I think that this is saying that the military is honored in the US, but their experiences change their lives forever, that it is not something they want to remember. The song is a representation of the effect war has on government and the soldiers themselves, the leaders of nations during wartime will do whatever they need to win, with propaganda and spending hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions; the soldiers who see death so much they're never the same again.





Hourglass
Privileged, a chosen few
Blessed with our time in hell
Witness a divine vision, the day we all fell still.
Rapture of the dying age, a shattered hourglass
Wrath of the warring gods and so this too shall pass.
It's only getting worse, not worth a moment's regret
Each dawn another curse, every breath a twisting blade
What will be left behind in the ashes of the wake?
An ill wind blows this way, the edge of the envelope burns
Forbearance and my vengeance, payment for your intent
Fear and death in the wings, in thrall of those fallen from grace
Petty is as petty does, witness the mass disgrace.
(Fear and death in the wings, in thrall of those fallen from grace
Petty is as petty does, witness the mass disgrace.)
God forbid you read the signs.
Watch for meanings between the lines
Gehenna has now arrived, no hindsight for the blind.
Your trust has been misplaced, believed the lies told to your face
Became another casualty and now it's too late.

You finally made it home, draped in the flag that you fell for.
And so it goes
The ashes of the wake.
It's only getting worse...

Another song that represents war is The Day That Never Comes by Metallica. The lyrics describe "waiting for the one, the day that never comes, no the sunshine never comes" An interpretation of this is that the soldiers at war are waiting for the day that the war will be over, when they can go home to their families, but it never comes. I think that the lyric "mouth so full of lies, tend to black your eyes, just keep them closed keep praying just keep waiting" means that politicians and military recruiters tell lies to people joining and supporting the military, and that it changes people's perception of war. I think it is trying to say the lies being told are that the war will soon be over, the troops are being pulled out, and so they believe that they could be next to finally go home, to just wait it out because they might be able to see their loved ones again. I think that overall this song refers to the control the government officials have over their people during wartime, their supposedly increased rights to do or say things they normally wouldn't be able to anytime other than during war.

Born to push you around
You better just stay down
You pull away
He hits the flesh
You hit the ground
Mouths so full of lies
Tend to black your eyes
Just keep them closed
Keep praying
Just keep waiting

Waiting for the one
The day that never comes
When you stand up and feel the warmth
but the sunshine never comes
No the sunshine never comes

Push you cross that line
Just stay down this time
Hide in yourself
Crawl in yourself
You'll have your time
God I'll make them pay
Take it back one day
I'll end this day
I'll splatter color on this gray

Waiting for the one
The day that never comes
When you stand up and feel the warmth
but the sunshine never comes

Love is a four letter word
And never spoken here
Love is a four letter word
Here in this prison
I suffer this no longer
I put it into
This I swear!
This I swear!
The sun will shine
This I swear!
This I swear!
This I swear!

"You're not Superman, Hathcock. You're not invincible. Oh no! I never said I was. Oh, they could kill me. I could let down my guard and they would kill me in a heartbeat. But the harder they hunt me, the harder I get. There ain't none of them who know how to move and hide like I can. And there sure ain't none of them who can outshoot me. That's what I mean,Gunny I'm just a whole lot better than they are, and that gives me the advantage." -Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson, page 171-172
This direct quote is a self described sense of self confidence that Carlos Hathcock has. He has enough to go oin hunts by himself without giving up but yet not so much as to be too arrogant and get himself killed. This is the kind of self discipline that is required to successfully carry out these missions. This is what made him so powerful as a soldier and especially as a sniper, his belief in himself kept him sane during his missions and let him keep that sanity when he finally returned home.

In this poem about war by Robert Frost, "Not to Keep", it depicts the home life of a soldier who is home to recover from an injury, only to go back to war. It describes how difficult it is for families of soldiers to get through the hardships of war. I think this poem depicts the strength between family members to get through war. It says"They had given him back to her, but not to keep" . This occurs very often with wars that soldiers return to combat for a second tour of duty.
Not to Keep
Robert Frost (1917)

They sent him back to her. The letter came
Saying… And she could have him. And before
She could be sure there was no hidden ill
Under the formal writing, he was in her sight,
Living. They gave him back to her alive—
How else? They are not known to send the dead—
And not disfigured visibly. His face?
His hands? She had to look, and ask,
“What was it, dear?” And she had given all
And still she had all—they had—they the lucky!
Wasn’t she glad now? Everything seemed won,
And all the rest for them permissible ease.
She had to ask, “What was it, dear?”
“Enough,
Yet not enough. A bullet through and through,
High in the breast. Nothing but what good care
And medicine and rest, and you a week,
Can cure me of to go again.” The same
Grim giving to do over for them both.
She dared no more than ask him with her eyes
How was it with him for a second trial.
And with his eyes he asked her not to ask.
They had given him back to her, but not to keep


Metallica-One
I can't remember anything
can't tell if this is true or dream
deep down inside I feel to scream
this terrible silence stops me

now that the war is through with me
I'm waking up, I cannot see
that there's not much left of me
nothing is real but pain now

hold my breath as I wish for death
oh please God, wake me

back in the womb it's much too real
in pumps life that I must feel
but can't look forward to reveal
look to the time when I'll live

fed through the tube that sticks in me
just like a wartime novelty
tied to machines that make me be
cut this life off from me

hold my breath as I wish for death
oh please God, wake me

now the world is gone I'm just one
oh God, help me hold my breath as I wish for death

darkness imprisoning me
all that I see
absolute horror
I cannot live
I cannot die
trapped in myself
body my holding cell

landmine has taken my sight
taken my speech
taken my hearing
taken my arms
taken my legs
taken my soul
left me with life in hell