Now that you have read the short story "war" and watched the short film adaptation, please answer the following questions:
1. How would you characterize the ending of this story… a realization, a denouement, or an epiphany?
Denouement - after the climax, a gentle restoration of relationships prior to the events in the story
Realization - where a character becomes aware of a reality in his or her life
Epiphany - a sudden, sharp realization, an awareness of a desire that can never be fulfilled, or "reality"
Explain your answer and describe its effect on the characters' different levels of denial. (100-150 words)
2. What desires motivate the fat traveler? Explain. Are these in conflict? (100-150 words)
3. Why is the atmosphere of the overnight train appropriate? (100-150)
3/17/2014 11:56:05 am
1. I would characterize the ending of the story, realization because it really didn’t hit the big guy until he was asked the question. He told everybody that basically the country owns them and they’re old enough to make their own decisions as a man. As being a man they can do whatever they want and joining the war is an honorable thing. They should look at their sons as being heroes and, if they die they will have an honorable death. But even the two front teeth and the big man covering resembled that he was hiding something. That he really didn’t think that he lost his son forever. He was talking about him being brave and dying with honor, it didn’t hit him that he will never see him and that was it there was no good ending. Word count 140
3/17/2014 01:37:38 pm
I believe that the man had a moment of realization at the end. He was using denial as a way to cope with his sons death. The man kept convincing himself that the country owned his son and his death was justified because of his service. But, even if the boy was doing good no parent will ever be accepting of the death of their child. All the people on the train were similar. They all were using the same excuse the man was. They all hid their true feelings to a certian extent. So when the lady asked if his son was really dead he broke down because he came to the realization his child will never be back.
3/17/2014 01:42:16 pm
1-I believe at that the ending of the story the characters or at least the two main characters had a realization. They had a realization because they realized something and it become their reality. For the woman she realized that her son is really gone and she can’t really do anything about so she takes a breath because she realizes she’s still alive and she needs to live for him now, that’s my opinion.
3/17/2014 01:44:22 pm
I characterize the ending of the story as a realization for many reasons. Through the entire story nobody, specially the fat man, realizes that their son's can't be brought back. Throught the entire story all of the people in the train talk about their children's heroic efforts, and yet those who have already lost loved ones can't bring this to a realization. Out of all the people in the train who go through this realization, the fat man is affected the most. He is affected the most because the entire time he probably doesn't see his son's death as something that's very painful and sorrowful. In the end he comes to realize that he lost his boy and can't bring him back. Word count: 120
3/17/2014 05:02:39 pm
1. The ending of this story would be characterized as realization because the guy was sort of denial and didn’t want to face reality. But when that person asked the question, reality just set in and he couldn’t control his emotions at that point. Joining the war, you’re looked at as honorable according to the old man and that his son died in a good way. Not saying death is a good thing, but I’m sure he’ll rather have his son dying for his country than by dying in a robbery. Soldiers in the war are displayed and looked at as heroes or saviors of their country.
3/18/2014 02:52:36 am
1. The ending of the story is one of epiphany, on man’s part. The man realizes how delusional and how far into denial he was about giving up his one and only son to war and how his son may lose his lifer, or the person who was before the war. He wanted to believe that it was their duty for them to give their son to war and they should be proud but what he didn’t think of is his son’s wellbeing. He over looked everything about his son and allowed himself to be brainwashed. While with the mother she was completely absorbed by the thought of losing her son, she tries to contain herself the best she can but then she realizes that it won’t help, there isn’t anything she can do and she isn’t the only person feeling the way she does. No one wants to lose their child but they have to accept it regardless, and even though it’s her only son at least she’s not losing multiple children over and over again like others
3/18/2014 04:05:09 am
1. The ending of this story, “War” by Luigi Pirandello would be characterized as realization. At the beginning of the story, this fat man with two missing front teeth was in denial. He refused to agree with the tiny man and his bulky wife who were mourning over their only son taken to the front. He interrupted by saying that their sons were taken for the good of the country, and that they should be proud of their sons. Later on , he realizes and drowns himself in tears when the tiny man had asked…”Is your son really dead?” (Pirandello 3). This question made him realized his son was gone forever and that he was not going to see him anymore. This brings realization in the faces of the other passengers. Word Count: 131
3/19/2014 02:53:45 am
1. I would categorize the ending of this story as a realization. It wasn’t until the fat man was asked the question, that he realized that even if his son hadn’t been dead at that moment, that he would eventually be dead. He realized that just being put on the front line was death for his son. As soon as the men were put out there, the realization hit everyone that this was the death of the young men. Everyone came to a realization that through reality that their sons on the front line would soon die, regardless. The denial he had at the beginning soon came to an end at the end of the story. 115
3/19/2014 09:22:41 am
The ending to the short story was a little bit of everything, but mostly realizations. It mostly has realizations because, no one will actually realize what they have until they loose them. For example, the man didn't notice that honor and pride won't bring back his son. You go to war never knowing if you're coming back and the lady understood that yet the man didn't. Desire, the desire that runs through the man is his son. He has the desire to let everyone know who his son was and how he contributed to the war and to making his country proud. Lastly, the atmosphere, the atmosphere of the train scene in the story is really tense because, everyone on that train all of them had something in common.
3/19/2014 12:36:18 pm
1) The ending of this story was more of a realization. The man was in deep denial and could not accept his son's death. When the man was ask the question about his son, the man came into realization. He became fully aware that his son was actually dead and there was nothing he could do to bring him back. He had to face reality and accept the fact that his son was no longer by his side and gone forever. In a way his dad honors his death. His son was seen as a hero who died fighting for his country. (Word Count 102)
3/19/2014 04:41:40 pm
In the end of the story I believe the man that was asked if his son was really dead, had an epiphany. He suddenly realized that he would never be able to see his son again and that even though he should be proud of his son being in the military and doing it for a good cause that he truely did miss not having him around anymore. At first he denied his feelings of the loss of his son by trying to pass the same thoughts onto the woman. In the end he ended up going against what he had originally told the women and was now crying in remorse of his son that had passed.
3/19/2014 06:51:57 pm
1- The ending of this story could be realization because the fat guy didn't want to face reality. He didn't wanted to believe that his only son was dead, that part of him had died, and never to return. He wanted to believe that his son was a hero, because he was fighting for his country. He realized that his son was dead when the woman asked him, "so is your son dead or alive thats when it hit him, thats when his true feelings came out and started the rain of tears of his sadness of his son's death. He believed that his son died a good way because he went to fight for his country and wanted to do what he wanted, and if that would cost him his life so be it, thats a honorable way to die. His denial was so big because he wanted to believe so bad that his son was a hero and didn't want to realize that his son was death.
3/20/2014 05:01:28 pm
1. I would characterize the ending of this story as an epiphany. Even though I would characterize the ending this way, I believe this ending provided an example of realization, denouement, and epiphany. I feel like the story provided an example of realization because the husband suddenly realized that everyone was dealing with a mutual level of pain he was feeling and with him and the number of family out of war didn’t affect or alter the amount of grief each person felt. The story provided an example of denouement when the woman felt a sense of comfort after viewing the different perspectives or viewpoints the other train passengers had to share. The large woman on the bus initially showed no sense of openness towards the strangers, but after a while she seemed connected to the conversation that was taking place. The story showed an example of epiphany when the fat man suddenly came to terms with reality and accepted the fact that his son was dead. When the fat man initially spoke of his son, he spoke with pride and confidence. One the large woman asked a simple question regarding the life of the man’s son, he immediately broke down. 201
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