“Green Rice” & “Journey’s End”: Global Issues

People should not celebrate the idea of war and heroic actions itself, instead celebrate the brave soldiers. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/12/i-thought-remembrance-was-a-celebration-of-war-i-was-wrong

The article writer, Susanne Moore, initially talked about her mindset of her wilful ignorance of war remembrances, which was understandable. She believed that these remembrances were celebrating the war itself, but after discovering the stories of her neighbourhood’s background, she understood that these celebrations were not for the war, but rather for the brave soldiers that fought within. Both Green Rice and Journey’s End, two war-influenced works of text establish the message of not only the atrocities of war, but how heroic people rose above the tragedy. Green Rice shares the stories of women during the Vietnam War, and how they sacrificed and fought a separate–yet similar–war alongside the Vietnamese men. As for Journey’s End, Sherriff focuses the play on the sacrifices made by the soldiers, and how they suffered both physically and mentally as a result, highlighting their selflessness.

The true nature of war is inhuman and unforgiving to not only the soldiers, but also their families back home. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lets-stop-glorifying-war_b_2742511

This article discusses the different aspects of war that the media fail to portray, which are the emotional impacts and detriments that combat has on the average soldier. The article author even provides letters from soldiers training in WWII combat camps, where the conditions are so intense, soldiers even suffer mental breakdowns from the wartime drill simulations. Green Rice relates towards this global issue somewhat in the sense that the Vietnam was claiming the lives of many innocent civilians, collateral damage in the name of war. Although Green Rice does not focus on the mental toll that war has on its victims, it still does provide commentary on the civilian victims that war leaves behind. Journey’s End focuses on this issue more so by looking directly on the mental consequences that the soldiers face rather than the actual conflict of war itself. The majority of the play’s runtime is placed within the confines of the barracks, which allows for the viewers to see the direct effects of wartime combat. Sherriff also shows this message through the dialogue between the soldiers, and how they discuss what lies back at home for them if they return, emphasising the loss that families had to face during wartime.

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