Being a Soldier

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Rather than include links to songfacts, I'd prefer to read YOUR interpretations of what these lyrics mean and how they relate to your topic. But kudos on embedding the music files. It's a nice trick.

The song "Hero of War" by Rise Against, is a song that is about a the life of a person who joins the service and the events that happen to him in the service.

Song lyrics? Specific lines that support your explanation?


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This picture represents being a soldier. Leaving everything you have back at home, and putting your life on the line to fight for your country.



"Waiting on the World to Change" by John Meyer really ties into this unit. The message of this song is that the problems in the world are starting to show, but he feels like he lacks power to come up with a solution. For example in the line, "Now we see everything thats going wrong, with the world and who leads it, we just feel like we don't have the means, to rise above and beat it." from wikipedia from wikipedia

Link to complete lyrics? Nice explanation though.

-Video


Being A Current Soldier

In this 12- 13 minute video it describes the life of a soldier of current times. It is narrated by a wife of a fallen soldier and by veteran soldiers from past wars.

Title and creator? Also, HOW does this video develop the idea of what it means to be a soldier? It's a bad idea to assume that the reader is going to come to the same conclusion about something as you are. This video could be interpreted as nothing more than propaganda for the armed forces. It's your job to sell your position.

-Quote(s):

A Long Way Gone quote


nike2"Some had heard rumors about young boys being forced by the rebels to kill their families and burn their villages."

After I read this I immediately wrote it down. I think that these young soilders are brainwashed by the rebels. The child soilders are totally changed to be used as a weapon of war.


A Long Way Gone quote



nike2"Some had heard rumors about young boys being forced by the rebels to kill their families and burn their villages."

After I read this I immediately wrote it down. I think that these young soilders are brainwashed by the rebels. The child soilders are totally changed to be used as a weapon of war.

A Long Way Gone quote



nike2"Some had heard rumors about young boys being forced by the rebels to kill their families and burn their villages."

After I read this I immediately wrote it down. I think that these young soilders are brainwashed by the rebels. The child soilders are totally changed to be used as a weapon of war.
Did you really mean to include the same quote three times?

A Long Way Gone quote


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Pg. 34 " We are going to initate all of you by killing all of these people in front of you. We have to do this to show you blood and make you strong."

This quote makes me really think about all the horrible things that soldiers see during war.



A Long Way Gone quote



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"If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die." This quote was by a very old, wise man in an vacant village.

This quote really hit home for me. If a soilder's "time is up" than he or she has done everything he/she was sent out to do, and death is a part of the life of a soilder. Death is a risk they face everyday.

Fallen Angels quotes


"I knew Mama loved me, but I also knew when I got back, she would expect me to be the same person, but it could never happen. She hadn’t been to Nam. She hadn’t given her poncho to anybody to wrap a body in, or stepped over a dying kid."

In Chapter 20 after he reads Gearhart’s letter to his wife. As Gearhart attempts to prepare his wife for his possible death, Richie begins to wish that he had a wife and children waiting for him at home. Throughout his tour of duty in Vietnam, Richie has longed to communicate successfully to someone back home about what the war is really like and what the war has done to him.

"We spent another day lying around. It seemed to be what the war was about. Hours of boredom, seconds of terror."

From Chapter 11, sums up the experience of life in Vietnam for many of the young men fighting there. While missions are terrifying, they are short bursts of horror and violence that last only hours or minutes. Even within missions, the squad spends much of the time waiting for something to happen. The stifling days or weeks between missions are in some ways even worse than the missions themselves, as soldiers are overcome with boredom, plagued by anxiety about the next mission, and tortured by memories of past horrors.

"We were supposed to smile a lot and treat the people with dignity. They were supposed to think we were the good guys. That bothered me a little. I didn’t like having to convince anybody that I was the good guy. . . . We, the Americans, were the good guys."

Richie expresses these sentiments in Chapter 9, when he is unsettled by the implications of his squad’s pacification mission to a Vietnamese village. This statement reflects Richie’s uncertainty about the morality of the war; he is alarmed by the idea that the American army would even have to convince the South Vietnamese that they are the “good guys,” because it reveals that their goodness is not an obvious or unquestionable fact.

“My father used to call all soldiers angel warriors,” he said. “Because usually they get boys to fight wars. Most of you aren’t old enough to vote yet.”

Lieutenant Carroll speaks these words following Jenkins’s death in Chapter 4. His statement emphasizes one of the most important aspects of the novel: the extreme youth of the soldiers. Carroll’s reference to the voting age highlights the tragic irony of the military: the fact that the people defending America are not old enough to have any say in the way the country is run and likely not mature enough to understand what they are fighting for.

"My plans, maybe just my dreams really, had been to go to college, and to write. . . . All the other guys in the neighborhood thought I was going to college. I wasn’t, and the army was the place I was going to get away from all the questions."

In this passage from Chapter 2, Richie reflects on his dreams, giving us insight into his motivations for joining the army. Enlisting, we learn, was not a well-thought-out decision, but rather a form of escapism. Richie wanted to dodge the real world, questions about his future, and the frustration of seeing his hopes fizzle. He also hints that enlisting was an attempt to escape the judgment of others. He feels that those who had high expectations for him would be disappointed if he could not fulfill them.

Richie is also afraid of not being able to live up to his hope and dreams and that he will be disappointing himself. His inability to higher his education and become a writer is not due to any personal failure but simply to his family’s lake of money and resources. His father abandoned the family as a child, and his mother is an alcoholic who wastes her money on booze. Richie first calls his hopes for the future “plans” and then revises the word to “dreams,” indicating that these were never really practical or even possible. These plans are impossible in part because of his impoverished situation but also in part because of the lack of encouragement from his mother, teachers, and guidance counselors, none of whom ever took his hopes seriously. As a result, Richie feels strong doubts about his future, which drive him to risk this future by enlisting in the army.

EXCELLENT analysis, Mike.

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This is the same video as the one above. Is there a reason it's here twice?

Song Lyrics

No one gets left behind, another fallen soul
No one gets left behind, another broken home
No one gets left behind, we stand and fight together
No one gets left behind, or we all die alone

Politicians bathing in their greed
No idea on how to be all they can be

Have you no honor? Have you no soul?
What is it there dying for? do you really even know?
Have you no backbone? Have you no spine?
Whatever happened to No one gets left behind

No one gets left behind, I know you made it up
No one gets left behind, It's war for money
No one gets left behind, Drink from the golden cup
No one gets left behind, Your time is coming

Play your wargames with other people's lives
It should be you on the front line

Have you no honor? Have you no soul?
What is it there dying for? do you really even know?
Have you no backbone? Have you no spine?
Whatever happened to No one gets left behind

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No one gets left behind, I know you made it up


Artist? Songwriter? How do these lyrics relate to your topic?

Here is a political cartoon about child soldiers.

Ah, the invisible political cartoon. How clever of you.

Lastly, where is your final summary and analysis of this topic? How does your definition of what it means to be a soldier change when you take into account the different points of view shown through each of your books as well as the perspectives demonstrated through everything else you have added to this page?