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Published on: 27 Dec 2016 by mildredfave

Fallen Angels

Why Richie Perry from “Fallen Angels” was unable to write an honest letter to his family at first? What has helped him to write it later?  I prepared this academic research essay for blog. Feel free to contact me there if you need any help with writing an essay.

Richie Perry is a protagonist of Fallen Angels, the novel written by Walter Dean Myers. He was a common boy, who decided to join the army at his 17 and go to Vietnam. Perry had a soft heart and a sharp mind. He was dreaming of joining the college and write like James Baldwin. While reading the novel, we can follow his pass and see, how his outlook was changing. Letters, what he was writing to his mother and brother, are main details that show as Perry and the world around him. They also demonstrate the evolution of the young person, who have faced the rough reality.

At the beginning of the novel, we can see how hard it was for Perry to seat, put all his thoughts together and to write a letter to his family. From the first sight, it just some circumstances or people (Judy Duncan, Vietnamese woman), what do not give him an opportunity to write. However, from my perspective, the main reason, why he could not write to his family, was the reality. For Perry joining the army was the way to escape from his world and problems. He was thinking that it would change his life and he would not need to decide what to do next. “You are too young to be just an observer,” – his mother said to him once (p. 19) and she was right. The military and war world, what he faced, was far beyond movies, news and newspapers stories.

Nevertheless, later he decides to write to his family. His first letters were just like reports, where he wrote about unimportant moments and details, what had happened. He did not write much about the disorder in the army, the death of his friends. He realized that he was not close enough with his family and he had no one back home, who was waiting for him. From my perspective, that letters became Perry’s connection with the world and peaceful life back home. His letters were showing that he did not want to accept cruel rules of the world. Moreover, with his letters he wanted to comfort his and his friends' families that the war was not that bad. On the other hand, maybe he was also ashamed of himself and his naiveté because he was associating the war with the heroism, patriotism and the protection of his family back home. As it turned out with time, the war was just a time, when you fight to survive.

'Fallen Angels' is the novel about another lost generation (Encyclopedia Britannica), but of the middle of 60th. It shows how small the person can be in the world. People, like Richie Perry, are those who suffer the most during the war. It was hard for a young person to accept the cruel reality and to live with the truth. Letters, what Perry was writing, were just a picture of the struggle inside the main character.


Lost Generation (n.d.). In Encyclopedia Britannica online. Retrieved from

Myers W. D. (2012) Fallen angels (6th ed.). New York, NY : Scholastic Inc.

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