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You may get different answers but in general the biggest irony is how, despite the self-discipline, strength and courage of the soldier, it is not he who takes control of the war. In fact, it is the War takes control of the soldier, and of itself.
This is illustrated with the major. He is the anchor of the story, and the man who everyone looks up to for his bravery, strength and courage. His character exemplifies the irony of War: He has lost control of all he had.
He refuses to believe that a machine can fix his hand, he refuses to cry over his wife's sudden death, and he refuses to accept any advice from the narrator, or the other soldiers. And yet, he exemplifies how War takes control, and not the soldiers.
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