Evan Wright's 'Generation Kill'

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Evan Wright places himself in a position of a reporter in the book, “Generation Kill”. In the book, he makes the reader to follow a marine platoon during the first period of the Iraq war, their first contact with the Iraq soldiers, their thoughts and their reason for selecting to be in Iraq. The narrator uses reflection and reenactment of events. Fortunately, the work is extremely informally written and is merely grounded on why he thinks the soldiers went to invade Iraq and the forces behind their decision making. “The grace of Camelot to the shame of Watergate, Big lie is as central to American governance as taxation.” (Wright 2004, 57) Considering this statement, his work has a negative tone each time he talks of the United States government.…show more content…
The narration has a discreet exceptional structure. In the starting of the story, the narrator is so broad and incorporates general contemplations, whereby he defines the combat zone and how they were attacked, skirted and so on. Nevertheless, as the narration progresses, the narrator becomes more specific and change the direction of the story toward the soldiers. Through this, he diverts the readers' attention toward the young marine soldiers who seem to be misused by the American governments, therefore referring to them as ‘new generation.’ Indeed, Evan Wright defines their actions as well as their verbal expressions so as to enable the reader to understand that the soldiers are not contented with their government for sending them to war without much experience. This is further seen whereby the narrator describes the mind of the soldiers were being found out their intentions and thoughts. Through arranging the work in this manner, Evan Wringts slowly draws the reader into the insanity of the young Marine solders, which also emphasizes his stance towards sending the young men into the Iraw…show more content…
This is clearly seen by the narrator where he utilizes the term “Get some” to describe the feelings of power of the soldiers. They kill and destroys towns without fear just like those soldiers from Second World War. According to their Lieutenant these solders are like killing machines in comparison to the soldiers from the Second World War (Wright 2004,101). The soldiers are so excited when destroying the towns and killing innocent people. In some manner, the progressive fun of killing and destroying has caused symptoms similar to those of a destroyed brain, meaning that the new generation soldiers lack feelings when killing and destroying. According to Wright, this is lack of intelligence of the new generation. They do not know what the war will do to them, and it might be that they've joined the army because of harsh conditions during their youth, which might have destroyed their thoughts. These emotions severely affect the story and diverts the attention of the reader to the point of sympathy, feelings of mercy and disappointment. In addition, it makes the reader to support the narrator claims that war destroys the sacrificing soldiers, who in turn deals with their stresses by black

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