RHET 120 Synthesis Paper - The Thrill of War Human Behavior...

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The Thrill of War: Human Behavior in The Hurt Locker Author and former War Correspondent Christopher Hedges once said, “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug . ” Those that participate in the act of war are familiar with this “rush”, or feeling every time they step out and perform their instructed duties . It is a customary feeling that is associated with war . Although some may fear the thrill of war, others enjoy it, accept it, and may even become addicted to it . The wartime film, The Hurt Locker , opens with this quote and entails the true subject of the film’s purpose . Sergeant William James, a battle-tested veteran and bomb disposal expert, takes over as the new team leader in the Bravo Company of a U . S . Army explosives unit after the former team leader was killed by a detonated bomb in the line of duty . From day one, Sergeant James makes it clear that he does not wish to fill the shoes of his team’s former leader, but promises he will do his best . As his team learns of his cocky and carefree attitude, James quickly appears to be nothing like their former leader either . Knowing of the dangers in neutralizing bombs, Sergeant James always appears un-phased by the pressures of each situation he wears his bomb suit . Similarly, the examination of Sergeant William James’ character demonstrates Hobbes’ assertions that the environment affects the nature of humans and that diffidence creates reasons for conflict, and Benedict’s assertions that our behaviors are ‘selected’ and ‘unselected’ by our peers . Thomas Hobbes presents in his most important political work, Leviathan , his theory that the natural state of humanity is war, in means by which it is not necessarily armed conflict but a struggle that each person’s interests are inherently opposed to
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everyone else’s . With the use of deductive reasoning, Hobbes claims that men are inclined to war through the three causes of quarrel: competition, diffidence, and glory . In this time of war, men should be allowed to destroy one another for they fear of each other’s single power . If men choose to unite and become enemies with other men, they would incline to peace because they the fear of death and desire a commodious living .
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