The Diary of Alvin York gave a brief look through the eyes of a World War one sharpshooter. In his diary, he told stories of great feats which included his amazing skill and bravery. His achievements during the war earned him celebrity status across the nation as he was greeted with blizzards of confetti and treated to delicious meals. This made me think that maybe America, after two failed attempts, has finally learned how to treat veterans after they return home. Almost sounds too good to be true.
Don’t get me wrong, his inspirational tales of faith and valor made him a hero and desirably so. However, his diary wasn’t complete as the other passages we have read so far this class. Where’s the stories of camp life?, where’s the stories of guts, brains, and eyeballs? Was war really that easy for him that he never complained at all? It is great to hear a hero story but what was the war like for the average joe who never got around to capturing 132 German prisoners? This diary seemed more like a captain America comic than a diary that can be used to study the life of a World War one veteran. I did like reading it and I enjoyed how everything was in chronological order but it just seemed a little bit cherry for a diary about war.