The narrator shows the contrasting traits of human beings through the actions of the characters in the book. Many of the soldiers are young and innocent as they do what is commanded to them. They are innocent but they are murderers as well no matter they kill in obedience of the commands by their superiors. The soldiers are snatched away of their innocence as they become killers.
In the story ‘The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong’ depicts the loss of innocence of a soldier’s beloved who is brought to Vietnam and becomes a killer consequently. The story ‘The Ghost Soldiers’ is about brutality of the soldiers to each other as the narrator kills a man only because he thought that he did not treated him well when he was wounded. The innocent soldiers are made brutal owing to the circumstances and extreme frustration in which they are thrusted by wars.
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