Sacrifice in War

Arianna and Candace

Meaning of War

A very important aspect of war is the sacrifices involved. Soldiers may sacrifice their physical life or their personal life, and families often lose their loved ones, which can sometimes lead to loss of patriotism.
Toby Keith's American Soldier with Lyrics

Historical Background-The Uniform of Sacrifice

This poem was written by Sean Matthews, an American soldier who was deployed in Iraq. "The Iraq War, also called Second Persian Gulf War, (2003–11), was a conflict in Iraq that consisted of two phases. The first of these was a brief, conventionally fought war in March–April 2003, in which a combined force of troops from the US and Great Britain (with smaller contingents from several other countries) invaded Iraq and rapidly defeated Iraqi military and paramilitary forces. It was followed by a longer second phase in which a U.S.-led occupation of Iraq was opposed by an insurgency. After violence began to decline in 2007, the United States gradually reduced its military presence in Iraq, formally completing its withdrawal in December 2011." (Iraq War)

The Uniform of Sacrifice

Upon me is a garment,

unlike any other.

An entity, that I share,

with my sister, and my brother.


Worn on the battlefield,

and when ever were, at home.

A representation of our strength,

where ever place we roam.


Another part of my being,

like my character, from within.

Becoming a dear close friend, that truly knows

what I done, and where I been.


An a reminder to those,

whom never been, a participant, to a war.

The price for life, paid for freedom,

of soldiers, who truly, been there before.


Of soldiers, not thinking twice,

getting dressed, in uniform attire.

Fighting for freedom, till the end,

while under, extreme enemy fire.


So, please pay your absolute respects,

when a uniform soldier, is ever near.

He or she does, what they do, for country,

despite their hardship, and their fear.

Literary Analysis-The Uniform of Sacrifice

This poem describes sacrificing for your country as a soldier as a unifying factor for all people. Sacrificing your life shows true strength, and the reason behind their sacrifice is honorable--they are fighting for freedom. According to this poem, even if war requires sacrifice, hardship, and fear, the soldiers endure it in order to help others. However, their sacrifice deserves respect from "those, whom never been, a participant, to a war."

Historical Background-Soldier's Home

This short story was written by Ernest Hemingway after World War I. The poem describes a soldier's life before and after a war. It reveals to the reader the aspect of how a soldier is changed after serving their county. Industry in America increased during the war and because all the men were off serving in the war the women took the factory jobs and jobs that men would have had. As all the men started to return from Europe the industry had all but stopped. Women had stopped working but their were still not enough for all the soldiers coming home. The unemployment rising throughout the nation resulted in the Great Depression.

Literary Analysis-Soldier's Home

The theme of sacrifice in war in this story is revealed through Krebs' loss of his social life. This story reveals that while war may not always require sacrifice of a physical life, a soldier may still have to give up things that make life worth living, such as ambition and motivation. War can be very damaging psychologically, and it makes Krebs feel he has lost the ability to love or exert effort. Through Krebs' difficulties, Hemingway demonstrates that sacrifice in war is not all about the glory; it can cause a soldier to unwillingly sacrifice their "life" back at home afterwards. Krebs seems to regret his own sacrifice of going to war and then giving up his way of life back home.

Historical Background-Mother and Poet

This poem was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning about the Italian Civil War. She wrote it in the voice of Laura Savio, an Italian patriot and mother who had lost two sons to war. During this time Italy was broken into fragmented states. The different regions were owned by the French during the rule of Napoleon. After his downfall Italy remained in its fragmented states. There began to be more talk of a unified Italy in the mid 1800's. Revolutions continued to occur across the states. In 1860 Giuseppi Garibaldi put together an army to march into the southern part of the peninsula. Garibaldi and his army overthrew the monarchy in the southern region. In early 1861 a national parliament proclaimed the new territory as the Kingdom of Italy, with Victor Emmanuel as its king. At this point the only two major territories outside of the kingdom were Rome and Venetia.

Literary Analysis-Mother and Poet

The poem "Mother and Poet" explains the sacrifice a mother had to go through with both her sons in the civil war of Italy in 1861. Her two sons ended up giving their lives for their country. The mother had to experience the sacrifice of both of her sons and the only children she had. In a way the mother makes a point that she had sacrificed her sons to not only the war, but to nationalism also. Stanza V states "I taught them, no doubt, That a country's a thing men should die for at need." This shows the reader that the author taught her sons that their country was worth serving in a war for. When the sons end up having to sacrifice their lives, the mother says "it stings" knowing that she had taught them to view their country in such a way that it led to their deaths. The mother had lost her ability to write about Italy for the newspapers because of the sacrifice of her sons. She states in the poem "You want a great song for your Italy free, Let none look at me!" The mother is bitter about the sacrifice of her sons to the war and because of that she had to also sacrifice her career. Another sacrifice the mother experienced was the love she had for her country. She tells the reader "My Italy's there, with my brave civic Pair, To disfranchise despair!" She had lost all the love of her country when she had to sacrifice the only two sons she had. It seemed like the war and country didn't matter now. She is heartbroken by the loss of her two sons and doesn't understand why they were the two who had to give up their young lives in the war. This poem illustrates many different aspects of sacrifice in war and gives the reader insight on how people who have had to sacrifice their loved ones to a war felt about war and possibly their country.

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