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Chris Britz Prof Nunez EN1102 3 March 2003 Patriotism in the Military As a former president once said And so my fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country Patriotism is found in every country but its the occupants of that country that have patriotism towards their own This loyalty is seen in both How to Tell a True War Story and Soldiers Home Patriotism to me is ones natural right to show pride in being an American Patriotism exists on different levels when taking into consideration peoples perspective on war In comparing these two short stories the similarities were evident and stuck out like a sore thumb The first similarity that I had encountered was that both stories gave the impression that previous to war the main characters had an enormous sense of patriotism This is why they went to join the military They wanted to fight for their country and if they were willing to die for it Krebs the main character in Soldiers Home had a nationalistic view before the World War I and he believed that Americans should fight to save the freedoms of the United States In How to Tell a True War Story the main character is portrayed as a person who had a lot of loyalty to America prior the Vietnam War because he has the emotion of a true patriot Another similarity between these two stories is that the main characters were changed by the sight and horrific events of war For example Krebs could not even pray with his mother at the end of the story because he has lost faith in God These events such as watching someone get their head blown off or catching sight of one of your friends lungs turn into liquid because of mustard gas changed their perception of war This would definitely change my
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