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Examine the validity of Paul's assertion that the war has ruined those who survive as...

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anonymoushshs | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM via web

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Examine the validity of Paul's assertion that the war has ruined those who survive as much as those who died.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM (Answer #1)

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The original question had to be edited down.  I think that Paul is correct in much of his assertions regarding how the war has ruined those who survive.  I think that a strong case can be made that those who survive were ruined even more than those who died.  Paul makes a clear case that individuals who were supposed to guide the young, counseling them into preventing mistakes, failed to do so in the commission of the war.  The patriotism of the older generation that compelled so many young people to enter the war was a brutal error in judgment.  Paul indicts this generation for creating a new one in which the haunting memory of war has forever altered their view of themselves and the world in which they live.  It is for this reason that Paul's assertion that the war ruined those who suffered as much, if not more, than those who died makes sense.  It is here in which Paul's words have meaning.  His own experience and seeing the death of so many young people who failed to stand even a small chance of survival represents how those who actually did survive failed to recover over their breach of faith and trust.  It is in this where the survivors actually endured more than those who perished.  Their suffering ended as opposed to those who survived only lived to see theirs continue.


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