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Copy of Copy of Children are Civilians Too by Heinrich Boll

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Ashley Madera

on 11 August 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Children are Civilians Too by Heinrich Boll

children are civilians too
by heinrich boll
about the author
Heinrich Theodor Böll
born on Dec. 21, 1917, Cologne, Germany
died July 16, 1985, Bornheim-Merten, near Cologne, W.Germany
German writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.
As a soldier in World War II he fought on several fronts, a central experience in the development of his antiwar, nonconformist views.
His ironic novels on the travails of German life during and after the war captured the changing psychology of the German nation.
Critics have generally emphasized his strong ethical stance, which stemmed from his personal philosophy of Christian humanism and sympathy for the downtrodden
about the story
the short story is only one of Heinrich Böll's compiled stories in his book with the same title, "Children are Civilians Too".These are "early" Boll, written between 1947-1951 most of them are either World War II stories, especially at or near the Crimean front late in the war, or are stories set in the immediate post-war days of shortages and desperately hard times. The same theme as all the other short stories, this one talks about how war affects the lives of children, how an injured soldier realizes things after buying cakes outside in an unfamiliar place where soldiers are randomly meant to stay.
the story
the story is about a soldier, in Russia, supposedly on his duty, locked in their camp. out of boredom and entertained by the cakes a russian girl sells outside, he begins internalizing the effects of the war he was part of. the story shows us how the soldier is saddened, how the wars caused not only physical damage, but the future of children not involved in a single way in wars the older men make.
even children aren't considered children anymore. war has made them nobody but everybody else.
the story also tells us the hardships of a soldier, which is not only physical but both psychological and emotional.
the snow represents the cold, and it also seem to represent the coldness and sadness left by wars.
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