Children at War
What are we willing to loose for it?
Academic Writing 1000, Semester 3
Professor P. Kennett
November 23, 200
Children at war
The more I contemplate about war, my realization is that no one can surely say they have won the war, but on a deeper level we all know at the end we have lost for sure. Therefore, war must be won by all means but, what are we willing to loose for it? The movie Hope and Glory, produced by John Boorman illustrates war infringing on the right of children. Because of the rapid social changes which often precede or accompany war as demonstrated by the movie Fight Club teenage morality becomes that much more unpredictable. Therefore, with no representation for institutions that signifies justice, knowledge, growth, and family unity dissipating social isolation, abandonment, deprivation, and recklessness become second nature.
War must be won by all means but, what are we willing to loose for it? The film Hope and Glory, directed and written by John Boorman illustrates World War II sage through the eyes of a seven year old boy named Billy Rowan. Furthermore, Billy Rowan and John Boorman are one of the same people, communicating his childhood experience as he envisioned them during his experience of the London Blitz. The movie is a fantastic depiction of war which entails death and destruction and wining at all costs, in a comedic prospective. For instance, in the movie Hope and Glory, a scene that clearly signifies winning by all means is when Billy Rowan’s Headmaster is giving an early morning patriotic message that states “Oh God, bring destruction to our enemies. Make these young one’s true soldiers of the Lord. Guide Mr. Churchill’s hand in the cunning war.” Also, “Let our righteous shells smite down the Messerschmitts and the Fokkers.” I Find this quote quiet amusing, here we have a huge assembly of children gathering together, arriving late to the assembly in times of war, unaware of the danger and uncertainty of war. On the other hand, we have the Headmaster that is defiant, resilient, and authoritative on winning the war.
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Furthermore, I see a direct relational cause between the war and the Headmaster’s delusional behavior. In my opinion two different wars’ are being fought one very much visible the other hidden and ignored by everyone right under their eyes. This direct quote above clearly shows how children of that era were presented with information and forced to learn patriotic rhetoric that clearly had no meaning to them. In my judgment the narrator is trying to communicate how children ended up loosing there innocence and were forced to grow up without delay. Furthermore, in Fight Club a movie situated around feminism and masculinity clearly shows resemblance to Hope and Glory. For instance, Tyler, jacks alter ego shows how kids growing up fatherless, gone to win the war, left behind to be raised by an army of woman with feminism ideology children had no choice but to develop duel identity such as in the case of Jack. Let’s look at a particular scene in the film Hope and Glory where the children are recklessly roaming the rummage of torn buildings pretending to be soldiers’, smoking, drinking, and kidnapping their own friends referring to them as spy. Clearly demonstrates a similar situation that we saw in Fight Club with the young heterosexual teenagers in later stages of life. Therefore, to the eye one type of war clearly visible another just getting started as depicted in Hope and Glory by John Boorman.
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Also, with the destruction of institutions’ symbol of justice, knowledge, and development no longer available to provide the necessary stages of successive growth we see how Glory and Hope portrays a direct correlation between the two. For instance, each time the sirens of war are sounded kids rush in joy celebrating ironically freedom. This in my opinion is a great representation of the effects of war on children, infringing on their rights. Serious of events occur within Hope and Glory that signify the importance of institutions within society. Take for example, this quote “As BILL enters, he is astonished to see hundreds of children in a state of delirious celebration. Boys fling their caps in the air. They cheer. They whoop. They run amok. Behind them lie the smoldering ruins of the school. BILL cheers louder than anyone. He remembers his grandfather, turns on his heel and runs back to the road.” This scene is the highlight of the whole movie to me; strangely the children are celebrating freedom. Surrounded by carnage and signs of destruction Headmasters screaming for their attention but no luck as the war has intensified in a humorous and ironic way. Beautifully designed by John Boorman, the reality of war is portrayed in a comical way, still communicating the very fact that in war the end doesn’t really justify the means as is the case with children of Glory and Hope and the Fight Club. This intern causes the ideal nuclear family to break apart. For instance, the quote “You don’t care if I die. How could you leave me there? Even if you don’t love me?” direct quote by Dawn, Billy Rowan’s older sister, out of frustration and anger indirectly related to the war, we can see how it can shatter a young child’s innocence. With no real representation of family roles children are forced to grow up rapidly, deprived from living a normal life.
So you can see that although War must be won by all means but, what are we willing to loose for it?, War infringes on the rights of children as depicted in the movie Glory and Hope directed by John Boorman because of the rapid social changes which often precede or accompany war. Can anyone really calm victory in war? Having read Glory and Hope, I strongly belief that on a deeper level we all know at the end we have lost for sure regardless of the death and destruction either side has created. Therefore, we cannot say that the end justifies the mean. So what if we win the war, in my opinion a war can never be won death and destruction that represents the visible aspect of war never really catches the other aspect that we all end up regretting after the war.
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