Essay on War : Kills From The Inside Out

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War: Kills from the Inside Out Lars Fredrik Händler Svendsen, a famous Norwegian philosopher once stated that “self-identity is inextricably bound up with the identity of the surroundings.” Svendsen is arriving at the conclusion that one’s own identity is directly connected to their surroundings and so a change in environment would consequently alter one’s self-identity. Therefore, the violent and gruesome acts that are a product of war will alter the identity of those who are surrounded by such acts. Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road expresses how war consumes one’s identity through the utilization of symbolism. The loss of identity arising from war is demonstrated through the symbolism of morphine, the windigo and eyes. Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road utilizes symbolism to articulate the identity-consuming nature of war, such as the symbolism of morphine. The symbolism of morphine within the novel exhibits how war consumes one’s identity. This concept can be identified when Xavier explains Elijah’s dependance on the morphine. Xavier explains to the reader that when Elijah is without the morphine for a while “he becomes fragile and headaches cause him so much pain that death seems a good alternative. When he does not take the morphine, he is afraid of the world, and that is not a good feeling” (Boyden, 212). As seen through Elijah’s distress, it is evident that he has become so dependant on the morphine that he is physically in pain without it. The morphine symbolizes an…

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