The Things They Carried 'And Apocalypse Now'

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Fighting in war can have physical and emotional effects on the person in combat. In Catch 22, Joseph Heller tells the story of a man named Yossarian who is stationed in Italy during World War II. Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried follows the character of Tim O’Brien and his experience with fact or fiction in the stories that he heard and the things he saw during the Vietnam war. The film Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Coppola, is centered around Captain Willard as he and his men go through a river during the Vietnam War in order to kill a man who has committed acts of murder. All three works portray the truth that because of war, men can lose any sort of belief or idea they once held with them, but also that because of what they see in war, different beliefs and ideas can be kept with them and reaffirmed. The first truth is best portrayed by the style of O’Brien, in The Things They Carried, and the second with Apocalypse Now. The beliefs range from religious to classifying what’s human and what isn’t, but war still affects the way soldiers and those in combat hold on to them. The Chaplain demonstrates a loss of his religious belief in Catch 22. The Chaplain himself is supposed to believe in God, but then he begins to see that there are people dying all…show more content…
Throughout the war, he never lost his belief in God, and used God to help him get through what ever horror was he was put through while fighting. He’s put to a test when he and the other people in his squadron have to stay in a Church for a night. He doesn’t want to, saying, “You don’t mess with churches” (O’Brien 119). Everything going on around him doesn’t stop him from telling the others “Setting up here. It’s wrong. I don’t care what, it’s still a church . . .A church . . Just wrong” (O’Brien

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