The View of War Between William Faulkner's "Two Soldiers" and E.E. Cummings "My Sweet Old Etcetera"

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The View of War between William Faulkner’s “Two Soldiers” and E.E. Cummings’ “my sweet old etcetera”
William Faulkner’s “Two Soldiers” and E.E. Cummings’ “my sweet old etcetera” are both written about the emotions involved during a war. “Two Soldiers” is about a person watching their loved one going to war and ‘my sweet old etcetera” is about a person who is on the front lines. While each story is a reflection on war, Faulkner’s is about the despair you feel in the trenches and Cummings is about the despair you feel while you watch someone go to the trenches.

William Faulkner’s story “Two Soldiers” is a heart wrenching one about a little boy age eight watching his brother, Pete, go off to war for the first time. The story is told from the little brother’s point of view and we never learn of his name. The brothers are from a small town in Mississippi when they first hear on the radio about the bombings in Pearl Harbor. You can tell in the story that the mood of Pete changes with each radio broadcast. The little brother gets more and more concerned with what is bothering Pete. Pete does not want to talk about it. Pete tells his little brother that he has to go help out with the war. The little brother decides that he will go with him. Pete tries to explain to the little brother that he is too small to go to war. The little brother replies with, “I’ll chop the wood and tote the water for you-all then!” (289). He doesn’t quite understand why he cannot go with Pete. Pete’s mother is heartbroken and doesn’t want him to leave but understands that if he has to go then he has to go. Pete’s father believes that what he and Pete’s uncle have already done for the country in war should be enough and Pete doesn’t have to go. Pete explains that it is his duty to go.
Pete leaves for Memphis and the little brother sneaks out to go and find his brother. Along…...

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