Mr. Hadley tells Gene and Brinker that one's greatest moment, greatest privilege, is to serve one's country. He goes on to say that the "old guys" like him are proud of the young ones going off to war, and jealous of them, too. Brinker then angrily tells Gene that the "old guys" are responsible for the war, but that the young ones will have to fight it. Comment on two divergent opinions about war. Do you think they are typical of the older and younger generations?
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Mr. Hadley understands what war entails, he has experienced war and has great respect for all those who have served and will serve their country. Brinker is angry, and a war he once thought he wanted to take part in became less attractive when he found his friend wasn't joining him (or should I say couldn't). That realization led him to join the coast guard in hopes that he'd never see battle at all, and to take the stance that the older generations was at fault to begin with.
Gene, on the other hand, doesn't blame the older generation. He believes that war is caused by "something ignorant in the human heart."
These two divergent opinions seem to be far more typical today than at any other time in history. My father served in Korea and is fully supportive of the military and all it entails, whereas my brother just missed the draft in the Vietnam War. They had very different opinions and occasionally voiced them (over family dinner). Hope this helped.