Beyond the Call
-A plan was formed for a secret rescue mission
Robert Trimble was called for the job, being only a bomber pilot with little covert training, he accepted
-Lied to by his officers, he didn't know the true mission
His mission to save hundreds, risking his life
-Effect: scarred memories of the brutality of war
Significance of Title
- Father left him as a child
- No siblings, just his mother Ruth
- Interested in planes as a boy
- Marries his wife, Eleanor
- Becomes a pilot bomber during WWII
- Accepts call that will allow him to save hundreds of POWs, as well as many subjects under Soviet's rule
Analysis of main character
- Young eager adult to take part in the army
- Overall he is a positive person who wants to take on "this adventure"
- He puts little thought into what will come from it
- He loses his innocence as he sees the world for what it is
- Cruelty from the war will have a toll on him
- Returning home will result in him having a different view of his life and family
- Once he loses his innocence by encountering war on a personal level, the memories are unforgettable.
- “Like a million other young Americans heading toward their first taste of combat in that early summer of 1944, he had little conception of what it would really be like, or just how profoundly it would affect him.
- The banding together as a group to accomplish a goal has a better effect than alone
The effects that the environment has on a person
- He undergoes a series of changes that will force him to view the world differently
- “Something in him had altered, and would never be quite the same.”
- allow reflection on Trimble's character,
- show the feelings he had during his service,
- understand the conflicts he faced, and
- show his change throughout the process.