Many times attitudes are difficult to understand. Actions along with responses are evaluated when determining the speaker's attitude toward a particular subject. When the word "war is mentioned, various emotions begin to circulate through people'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 "The Man I Killed by Tim O'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 "The Man He Killed 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 person's shoes and realize the situation that they are in. Tim O'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 soldier's former lifestyle. The "Man I Killed was just an ordinary person who dreaded the war as much as anyone else did and "devoted himself to his studies. The speaker understands that behind the weapons and armor, all that is left is a human being with "no stomach for violence , just like himself. Much similarity is found when the speaker of "The Man He Killed mentions that the soldier " ˜thought he'd list, perhaps,/ Off-hand like-just as I-' . He is also comparing himself to the soldier he just put to death.
Tim O'Brien has more of a melodramatic tone than anything else. His thought... Continue Reading