The And The Things They Carried Essay

1606 Words Oct 31st, 2016 7 Pages
The destruction of man is one that has been written in stone since the day they inhabited the Earth. Whether this is through global warming or catastrophic event, who knows? The most likely candidate for the destruction of mankind is mankind itself. The warring and destructive powers of humans has been on display since prehistoric times with many tribes constantly finding ways to fight and kill one another for their own benefit. This long term warring shows that human beings have a natural instinct towards violence and conflict between one another. For thousands of years the one thing that will always be true is war never changes. Both The Iliad and The Things They Carried, showed how human beings have a natural tendency towards superiority and conflict but do not have a proper way to cope with the emotional and physical trauma that comes with it. In the ancient societies of Greece, war means many things; power, glory, honor. The idea of fighting is not just a daily task for the Greeks, but is a necessity for them. In Homer 's The Iliad, war is what makes a person who they really are. The wealth, honor, and power that each victor receives makes the society glorify war. The soldiers of The Iliad must join the war in order to bring honor to themselves and their family, even if it means losing their own lives. "If I hold out here and I lay siege to Troy my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies. If I voyage back to the fatherland I love, my pride, my glory dies"(Homer…

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