The Strange Seduction of War Analytical Essay

The Strange Seduction of War
This paper looks at the allure of violence and warfare, as demonstrated in three novels.
# 117187 | 2,088 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2009 in Literature (American) , Sociology (General) , Political Science (General)

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This paper asserts that warfare has always had a peculiar seduction on certain people. The paper then examines this allure of warfare as exemplified in John Knowles' "A Separate Peace", Michael Herr's "Dispatches", and Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."

From the Paper:

"There has always been a strange connection between beauty and destruction, but this love of war is unspeakable. When you really think on it, war does have a strange seduction on soldiers, politicians, and the people at home. There is something exotic about the places we fight; there is something intoxicating about the high after a victory; and there is something about how a country rebounds after they have been devastated by a war. The unspeakable seduction of war can be seen in many texts, including Dispatches by Michael Herr. Herr uses his memoir as an embedded reporter in Vietnam to create a first hand account of those seduced by the war in Vietnam. There are also seductions of war seen in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and John Knowles' A Separate Peace. The seduction of war is reflected in the true and fictional characters in war stories, and it manifests itself in politics, physical attributes, and emotions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Herr, Michael. Dispatches. New York: Vintage, 1991.
  • Hillman, James. A Terrible Love of War. Boston: Penguin (Non-Classics), 2005.
  • Jones, Howard. Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2004.
  • Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1973.
  • O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

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