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It wasnt just the war that made him what he was Thats too easy It was everything his whole nature Eleanor K Wade IS THIS AN ADEQUATE EXPLANATION FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO JOHN WADE John Wade left America a human being yet came back a human killer His months in Vietnam were filled with bloodshed and human atrocity and from this no man could feasibly return the same person Yet beneath what John endured throughout the war he suffered many unkindness and tragedies that shaped him into adulthood It was not only the war that made John Wade but it was John Wades existence his whole life that made him who he was John Wade craved love admiration and affection All his life all he wanted was to be loved and his fathers constant taunting hurt him immensely In going to the war John fulfilled his dream to become a figure who was both admired and respected He was not a strong macho man who thrived upon violence and bloodshed yet he was young and ambitious Wade saw the war as a way of gaining hero status in order to reach his lifelong ambitions of reaching the US Senate When the revelations about his acts in the war were made John Wade lost everything that he had fought so hard to build for himself In this superficial way one may argue that it was the war that ultimately led to who John Wade became at the end of the novel yet many other factors involving his life before the war must be examined It was John Wades childhood and difficult upbringing that played a major role in shaping the man he turned out to be John was full of admiration for his father yet he found it difficult to understand the hurtful and remorseless remarks his father would make about his weight and his report cards His fathers alcoholism also troubled
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