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The title Fallen Angels is a metaphor for the dead American soldiers in Vietnam and to the Lucifers fall in the Bible Lieutenant Carroll referred to soldiers as angel warriors as his father did because they were young and innocent fighters My father used to call all soldiers angel warriors Lieutenant Carroll said Because usually they get boys to fight wars Most of you arent old enough to vote yet 44 The youth of the boys fighting makes them innocent like angels They have yet to experience the horrors of war and they are still pure in thought He feels the deaths of these angels are a pity as the boys have good intentions Furthermore He says Lord let us feelsorrow forall the angel warriors that fall Myers 44 He uses the word fall to describe the death of soldiers Fallen angel warriors are dead soldiers and this idea is used in the title to represent the many soldiers killed in Vietnam Additionally Fallen Angels is symbolism for the parallels between Lucifers fall from holiness and soldiers fall from innocence Richie says I wasnt a killer 112 In the beginning of the novel Richie claims to be unable to kill anyone He is pure as Lucifer once was Later Richie falls and becomes a killer Richie states I pushed the sixteen into the small brown body and pulled the trigger292 Richie has become merciless he has no emotion over killing He is unaffected by the evil of murder Richie has fallen from being sensitive and kind to ruthless and deadly Overall Fallen Angels is symbolism for the dead soldiers that war produces and the loss of innocence that fighting causes Works CitedMyers Walter DeanFallen Angels New York Scholastic 1988 Print
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