Many times attitudes are difficult to understand. Actions along with responses are evaluated when determining the speakerâ€™s attitude toward a particular subject. When the word â€œwarâ€ is mentioned, various emotions begin to circulate through peopleâ€™s minds. Some feel scared, overwhelmed, excited, or just plain exhausted by the pressures they face to gain victory over their opponent. In the chapter entitled â€œThe Man I Killedâ€ by Tim Oâ€™Brien, the narrator is obviously in shock by the incident that has just occurred and deals with it by keeping to himself and observing the situation. In â€œThe Man He Killedâ€ by Thomas Hardy, the speaker talks about his actions and observes the situation as well. They both share the similar attitudes, and at the same time, differ.
Sympathy toward the victim of war that they encountered is felt by both speakers. They are able to put themselves in the departed personâ€™s shoes and realize the situation that they are in. Tim Oâ€™Brien draws many conclusions as to the life the soldier lived and is probably basing his conclusions on his own life. He obviously knew nothing about him personally, but is able to come up with several paragraphs describing the soldierâ€™s former lifestyle. The â€œMan I Killedâ€ was just an ordinary person who dreaded the war as much as anyone else did and â€œdevoted himself to his studies.â€ The speaker understands that behind the weapons and armor, all that is left is a human being with â€œno stomach for violenceâ€, just like himself. Much similarity is found when the speaker of â€œThe Man He Killedâ€ mentions that the soldier â€œ â€˜thought heâ€™d list, perhaps,/ Off-hand like-just as I-â€™ â€. He is also comparing himself to the soldier he just put to death.
Tim Oâ€™Brien has more of a melodramatic tone than anything else. His th