Little Brother Essay

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"There is nothing left," the words uttered by a young Cambodian civilian known as Vithy. In the novel, Little Brother by Allan Baillie, it is evident that war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians. These three occurrences are clearly manifested in the novel. They are: Loss of family, Loss of property and Genocide. The most terrifying thing of all is that children, such as Vithy, went through these traumatic things.Firstly, war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians because of loss of family. Vithy experienced the loss of family due to war. He was separated from his parents and his younger sister, Sorei. His father and his sister were ...view middle of the document...

Thus, family loss because of war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians.Secondly, war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians because of loss of property. "No one owns anything anymore," is one example of this. Another example is the King in Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh was ruled by the government. Now due to the war, a young boy, is now known as the King of the city. Also a boy with a cyclo gave Vithy permission to go to an automobile junkyard that did not even belong to him. Many people took what was not theirs. One instance is when the crazy but desperate lady held a knife to Vithy's throat just for his bike. She then punched him in the face and took off with the bike. Accordingly, property loss because of war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians.Thirdly, war has devastating and lasting effects civilians because of genocide. The mass murders occurred daily. "A group would be taken into the forest and no one saw them again." The Khmer Rouge would kill civilians and Thai soldiers. Family members would see each other die and get tortured. Many of these murders had witnesses which added to the torture. Thus, genocide in war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians.In the novel it is evident that war has devastating and lasting effects on civilians. These three occurrences are clearly manifested in the novel. Loss of family, loss of property and genocide. The three instances impacted greatly on the lives of civilians.

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