Victums of War

Victims of war

The novel Generals Die in Bed, by Charles Yale Harrison, is a book written in first person: a story from the trenches of world war one. The author Charles Harrison had a first-hand experience in the trenches. In   Generals Die in Bed, soldiers are often victims because they end up with both emotional and physical scars, soldiers die on both sides and they can die at any given time.
The soldiers end up with emotional scars and also physical scars from war. The emotional scars a soldier is left with from war are from when a soldier him-self has to kill a human being. For example the character, Broadbent in the story,” Broadbent looks at me then draws his revolver and three shots into the flaming head of the recruit.”(p. 131) Broadbent will now have to live with the memories of having to kill a human being. There is a possibility of the close family of the recruit that has been killed: having to deal with the loss of a loved one. Emotional scars do not only affect the soldiers in the war. Although some soldiers face emotional scars of war, in the battle grounds of war physical scars are sure to occur.

There are many possible ways for a soldier to receive physical scars from war. The ways a soldier can obtain some physical scars include, stepping on a land mine, being shot, having body parts amputated and scarring of the skin which is caused by very poor hygiene. In the book Charles describes, his scratching from the lice.”My chest is a raw wound.”(p. 28) the physical scars such as stepping on land mines and having a body parts amputated are more likely to occur, than scars caused by environment and poor hygiene. As there are many physical scars that occur in war. Is death the ultimate physical and emotional scar?
When a soldier dies do all the physical and emotional scars go away? When a soldier dies, that soldier does not have to live without an arm or without a leg, all the physical pain is gone. There are...