So I just started the first short story reading for next class and at the end, I was absolutely incensed! The coroner’s note, advising other young men after Hall’s suicide that they “had no right to expect that they should drop into easy jobs” and that they should “come to their senses” because “life is not all sky-larking” absolutely shocked me (Arlington 91). I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because there both sides–the home front and and war front–suffered great losses and endured great sacrifices. However, the complete lack of understanding and empathy for men whose entire identities have been shaped and molded by serving years in constant combat was grotesque. I know that even today, although it’s definitely getting better, there is a misconception with mental illness. This reminded me of what people often say about depression: just get up, moving, socialize and you’ll be better. It’s scary to see such a parallel.