When I first started seeing my friends die I wanted to write a book where all

When i first started seeing my friends die i wanted

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diagnosed with the HIV/AIDS virus. “When I first started seeing my friends die, I wanted to write a book where all the characters died in the beginning, say in the first twenty-five pages or so” (18). The sole purpose of Koolaid, The Art of War is to portray the meaninglessness of life and to show that the only thing that is certainin life is death. Throughout the story the one thing that is for certain is death through the chaos of a civil war and AIDS virus in the United States. The story displays death in numerous of ways such as the death bed of AIDS infected individuals and instant deaths of those in war in Lebanon. The author writes about death various of times. "I am back in Beirut. In a stable, hiding. He asks me what I am doing. I tell him I killed him. He is lying on the ground, dead. We both look at his body" (p. 75). The narrator is dreaming and of killing his father which happens throughout the story neither is it associated with death. He seems to be fascinated at the sight of his father’s dead body. For some characters death is looked at in a humorous way instead of a serious matter. The issues being addressed in the story makes it very clear that the civil war affects people everywhere outside of the war zone, HIV/AIDS virus, and the homosexuality lifestyle has an impact on the people in Lebanon. It’s vital to know that the one thing people can’t control is death. It is displayed through the art that due to AIDS people lose controls of their bodies due to their internal organs shutting down.
The love and dangers of sex is also described in the story. Samir "felt a wet finger penetrate him. It felt uncomfortable. The character of Samir is surviving in a war conflicted atmosphere. Georges tells Samir that "he is a natural and Samir repeats, I like it. I try to help him, but it gets too painful. As Georges climaxes "the sound of gunfire erupts again" (15). This passage is covey physical pain from penetration while at the sametime being thrilled by what was happening. Even though he is a virgin and don’t have any sexual experience he is teachable. The sound of gunfire concurrent with the orgasm is a sign that war was taken place. Also, Samir went to watch the war and was struck with gunfire in the crotch which is a linked to sex among homosexual was not safe during that era. Gay sex is dangerous because its linked to AIDS and AIDS is linked to death and people fear death. Koolaid expressed through art the external problems at the same time while expressing internal emotions which caused physical and mental wars in the community and the mind of the people. The art showed the status quo in the communities of what was accepted and excluded in the society such as war, sex, disease, violence, and homosexual love. Death can’t be controlled it comes due to the decision people decide upon.

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