The Effects of War
Thesis: The damaging effect of war on the conquered and the conquerors of The Moon is Down, by John Steinbeck.
I. Lieutenant Tonder
A. Naive Poet
1. He felt that the enemy should love him.
a. "... he loses control and suggests that the leader is crazy, that the war will never end , and hysterically avows that the flies conquer the flypaper" (Clancy 104).
2. He is effected by the reaction of the townspeople.
a. "These people! These horrible people! These cold
people! They never look at you. They never speak. They
answer like dead men. They obey, these horrible people.
And the girls are frozen." (Steinbeck 71).
II. Colonel Lanser
A. Soldier vs. human being
1. He was effected because all he did was listen to
orders even though they were'nt the right thing to do.
a. "I will carry out my orders no matter what
they are" (Steinbeck 125).
III. Mayor Orden
A. He is a simple man who believes in the fighting spirit
of his townspeople.
1. He thought that no sacrifice was too great for
a. "He is made to rise from the triviality of the first
scene, in which we see him getting his hair trimmed from his
ears so he will look neat for the conquerer, to the
greatness of the last scene, in which he is led out to be
shot, he calmly quotes socrates's last words" (Lisca 192).
IV. Molly Morden
A. Her husband Alex was executed.
1. Unravels the wool from an old sweater and winded
yarn in a ball to keep heer mind off of her husband's
a. laughed with Lt. Tonder and then killed him.