The Price of War Essay - Lamb 1 Kalina Lamb Mrs Markgraf World Studies II Period 6 26 February 2010 The Price of War You can no more win a war than you

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Lamb 1Kalina LambMrs. MarkgrafWorld Studies II: Period 626 February 2010The Price of War“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake” – Jeanette Rankin. War is a disaster. Contrary to an earthquake, however, a war is man-made and can be prevented. This “unnatural” disaster causes millions of deaths and cases of insanity. Soldiers come back from war as different people: They lose their personalities and replace them with robotic, unfeeling shells. The works of Erich Maria Remarque, Curtis D. Bennet, Michelle Bargo, and Debora Mackenzie display how the effects of war on the soldier are everlasting and unforgivable. The soldiers go through life never having the chance to live out the dreams they had before the war. The death and destruction viewed causes soldiers to give up on everything they believed in. War ravages soldiers by taking away their purpose, mental sanity, and physical health, and in return giving them an extensive knowledge of humanity; war scars soldiers permanently, preventing them from ever achieving normalcy.When soldiers come home from a war, they find themselves unsure of what to do with the rest of their life. With nothing left to do, they come home and become the “one third of the homeless population that has served in the armed forces. Of this, 45 percent suffer from mental illnesses and greater than 70 percent experience drug or alcohol abuse” (Bargo 3). These are the soldiers that went into the war right out of high school and eventually suffered from addictions. They have already “retired” from their occupation, prematurely ending their existence. There is nothing left for the soldiers to do but live out their lives in self-pity and devastation as they fall
Lamb 2deeper into their dependency on material substances. Instead of relying on themselves, the soldiers rely on stimulants to get them through the challenges of daily life. Paul Baumer from AllQuiet on the Western Frontexplains this harmful effect when he says, “All I do know is that this business about professions and studies and salaries and so on – it makes me sick, it is and always was disgusting. I don’t see anything at all…” (Remarque 87). Paul and his fellow soldiers fail to see the value of trivial jobs such as mailmen or printers. These jobs do not help people in any

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