Conscription in the United States

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  • Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

    The Ball and Chains of War In the short story, “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien does an excellent job of using various literary elements to develop a theme of the emotional and physical burdens soldiers endure. The two main literary elements that develop this theme most clearly are his uses of character, and use of symbolism. In “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien narrates a story in first person about being drafted into the army and fighting in Vietnam. He tells us of a man who left a girl he loved. He tells us of all the physical items his squadron had to carry. He describes his everyday life as a soldier, and what seems tragic to us is just another thing that soldiers see every day and must carry on with. The themes being developed are the physical and emotional burdens that they, the soldiers, carry and how unbearable and apathetic war is. Tim O’Brien uses the character, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross to show most of the emotional burdens. He makes the choice to leave a girl he loves named Martha. Not only does he have to carry the supplies required for every soldier and his letters and photos that he remembers Martha by, he also has to carry his love for her. This is demonstrated in the sentence stating, “To carry is to “hump” it, as Lieutenant Jimmy Cross humped his love for Martha up the hills and through the swamps” (O’Brien 115). Wording it this way, demonstrates how Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’s love for Martha was like a ball and chain, making it much…

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  • Caught In The Draft Essay

    NEED TO CONVERT PAGE NUMBERS I chose “Caught in the Draft: The Effects of Vietnam Draft Lottery Status on Political Attitudes” by Robert Erikson and Laura Stoker for my journal article memorandum. This article featured in The American Political Science Review in May of 2011. I chose this article for two major reasons with the first being my passion for military history and specifically the intricacies of the Vietnam War. However, the second and much more important reason is the uniqueness of…

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  • The Benefits Of Mandatory Military Service

    Since the beginning of time many governments have drafted individuals, mostly, men, whenever they needed larger military forces during wartime, than they felt they could get through voluntary enlistments. Although the United States has relied on all-volunteer military for most of its history, it was forced to draft men to fight the Civil War and the wars of the twentieth century (Ruschmann, Mandatory Military Service 10).Why people or nations would try to conquer and destroy each other baffles…

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  • Compare And Contrast Gettysburg And Vicksburg

    both campaigns a victory. Also, people would later look back and view the Gettysburg as a decisive turning point in the war, and also as the beginning of the end of the Confederacy. 2. The Conscription Act made a majority of the northerners furious, mainly because of the commutation fee of three hundred dollars to buy their way out of service. That amount of money was an average year’s pay for an unskilled laborer which led to claims that it was a “rich man’s war, and a poor man’s fight.”…

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  • Of Mice And Men Science Fiction Analysis

    Realism versus Science Fiction In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting these two novels. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “On the Rainy River” by Tim O'Brien that I have read. I will be describing the stories, characters, and themes of these two novels. The first topic is going to be about “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. There is a wide variety of what some people would call a good friend. I believe that George, the main character from the novel "Of Mice and Men", was a…

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  • Stings Sylvia Plath Analysis

    Sylvia Plath tragically died more than 50 years ago, however the vitality of her work continues on. To some, Plath’s writing is a biography of her life, yet to others, her work is simply a piece of art to be admired and studied. Through the earlier drafts of her poem “Stings,” one can develop a biographical perception of Plath’s writing. However, it is within her published version of “Stings” that Plath’s writing is revealed as the Introduction to Johnny Panic states, “impassioned…

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  • AP Composition Reflection

    you they are what it is referred to as “going the extra mile”. Although they are not visible they are reflected on the quality of the work. Your attitude reflects your character which in effect also plays a role in achieving an A in this course. When doing homework assignments such as the rhetorical analysis handouts you give us I stay away from the obvious and open my creativity. If I don’t understand the meaning of an excerpt I don’t automatically become stubborn. I re-read them until I…

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  • Don Murray: The Writing Process

    hasty draft that helps me to come up with better ideas, the writing covers a range of activity from casually thinking about your topic. When we are sitting at a quiet place to think about ideas and the perfect example to illustrate our point pops into our head, we are rewriting. When you realize that your paragraph isn’t working the way you wanted and you return to the pre-writing stage. Pre-writing is thinking, and the more thought you put into your paper, the better it can be. In the article…

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  • My Reflection Of My Development As A College Level Writer

    I have to take a writing course? Ugh. This was the feeling I had when I first registered to take this course and it wasn’t a good one. It had been years since I had to any kind of writing development course. After taking this course throughout the semester it has been an immense help in my development as a college level writer. I began writing 101 with very little writing skills, but now I’m able to formulate a thesis, develop a sentence, develop a paragraph and use proper grammar. A thesis is…

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  • Stephen Durant Character Analysis

    Stephen Durant is a College student and has a dream to be in the NBA. Although he doesn't know if he will get drafted to the NBA. He worries that he is not tall enough, not strong enough, and not fast enough. So, this off-season, Stephen plans to work harder than he ever has. He then hires a personal trainer to help him with his weaknesses. The hiring of the personal trainer was hard for him cause he didn't have much money. He used up his money the other day helping homeless men move into his…

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