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the course of his experiences Henry learns at first
hand of the indifference of the universe, the chaos of the world,
the illusory nature of religion and patriotism and heroism, but
he learns these lessons in the heat of the moment, when
recognition is virtually forced on him(reports of war 146). Henry
becomes a representative of mankind.
The individual memory becomes a metaphor for collective memory,
history. Everythings a lie. Not even heroism can last.