Human Dignity in War in Ooka Shohei’s “Fires on the Plain”


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Human Dignity in War in Ooka Shohei's "Fires on the Plain"
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Human dignity in war is always lost, no matter which side wins the war. In
Fires on the Plain, the main character, Private Tamura loses more than just his dignity. As he slowly starves while wandering through the Philippine jungle, he first loses his sense of belonging to a greater cause as a soldier in his Japanese army, fighting World War II. He then loses his sense of belief in a greater spirit, which takes him into very dark places. Finally, he does something that makes it impossible for him to believe that he can even be a part of the human race. As Tamura loses his mind, his soul, and almost his body, the author,...
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.....test part of man, and any darkness that man may have is made bright by the light of God. Tamura begins to believe it, because it is all he has.
shows the darkest part of man in Fires on the Plain. He shows that the evil actions of man that happen in war also show that if man believes, then God is able to forgive those that do the most horrible things, like war against another man, and even cannibalism.
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" - Passage Lookup: John 3:16." A searchable online Bible in over 100 versions and 50 languages. Web. 28 July 2009. <>.
. Fires on the Plain (Tuttle Classics). Grand Rapids: Tuttle, 2001. Print.