Fallen Angels Analysis

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In the world, people have always been engaged in the conflict of war and the struggles of the loss of someone special to them. With the Vietnam conflict dragging on and soldiers wanting to go back home, Americans only wanted two things; for the war to end and also to have their family members safely return back to the states. Myers, along with many other authors of his time, includes in his novel the struggles and thoughts of these soldiers having once experienced war himself. His novel Fallen Angels demonstrates and exposes the horror of war to the public to view and tells about the true nature of war. Through the parallel process of connecting his own life to 17 year old Richie Perry’s, Myers utilizes his past experiences including a few …show more content…
In the novel, the narrator Richie Perry is the central character that Myers uses to display his own philosophy and thoughts into his writing. Parallels such as living in Harlem (Myers, Fallen 98), both going to war at a young age, and also both wanting to be a writer in school (Myers, Fallen 15) were some connections that Myers incorporated into novel through the narrator Perry. In Novels for Students, the author explains why Myers chose to name the book Fallen Angels:
The title of the novel is explained when Lieutenant Carroll offers a payer following the death of Jenkins. He asks God to allow them to feel sorrow for “all the angel warriors that fall.” He explains the next day to Richie that his father used to refer to all soldiers with that phrase because soldiers are usually no more than boys, many of them not even old enough to vote. Angels thus become a metaphor for the soldiers, implying an innocence due to their youth. (Myers, Fallen
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