Ambrose Bierce, considered a straight forward yet descriptive writer, shows his strong opinion about war while keeping the reader in tuned with his short stories. In his book The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Vol.2: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians the author describes to the reader the not so glorious truths about war behind several soldiers eyes. By illustrating the gruesome battles, the dangerous scenarios, the emotional traumas, and the unfortunate death defying endings; the author communicates that the brave men who fight and die honorably for their country experience horrifying and not so glorious sides of war.
Bierce demonstrates the inglorious horrors of war by illustrating the gruesome battles that go on in his short stories. For instance, a mother was caught between a battle going on. The mother was dead, laying on the ground with her clothes deranged and her body covered in blood. The forehead was slashed and the poor woman had a hole on her head, seeping with blood, were she was shot by a soldier (pg.24). In Parker Adderson, Philosopher, a mini war happened between three people. A captain was killed with a bowie knife that slit through his throat, a general, fighting against death, had bruises and two sword wounds deep into his thigh and shoulder, and an enemy spy, who caused these wounds, was shot to death (pg.65-66). Another example would be in the short story, One Kind of Officer, were Captain Ransome faced a cruel and painful death by feeling the bullets from a rifle tear through his heart while mentally accepting the fact that this is the end of his live (pg.90). These examples portray a few of the gory battles that happen in his stories.
Bierce demonstrates the inglorious horrors of war by narrating the dangerous scenarios soldiers and officers face by being part of the military. For instance, a soldier named Thurston was separated from Captain Burlings army while fighting the Confederates. Later, his army found him severely wounded...
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