The Game of War

The board is set, its players at the ready, bishop, rook, pawn, knight, king, and queen prepared for battle, and the checkered squares setting the battlefield. To many people, a pointless game possibly compromised to a stop. The ones that watch the battle are the ones that oppose that thought. Without this game of freedom, they object, surely, we would still have to follow harmful taxes and laws, have our decisions made by King George III, and never show the true strength of our willpower. I, for one, agree with them, despite the fact that we may lose many brave souls.

The taxes and laws created by King George III only protect and benefit England. Since we are not the people of Britain any longer, knock state the supporters of war, the rules are our malevolent bishops and rooks that out of this game of chess. When we play this strategic competition, we show that we abhor the ridiculous non-benevolent confines of their ruling. We will also gain the right to set our own ways when we win. If we do not, then the game board will be set repeatedly until our rights won. When the fanfare of victory is blown, then America is free from the tyrannous grasp of King George and his decisions.

As repeated from the previous paragraph, King George III creates acts that imprison and torture us. His decisions on other topics are also the very sprig of nightshade to the waters of our freedom, lest we drink it. Like in any fairy tale, King George III seemed to be an innocent victim in need of help during the Indian and French War at first. Now he is a haggard troll of greed, trapping us in a tall tower of poison ivy. Until our hero, the Declaration of Independence rode along in a white horse, the knights and pawns of our side fended off any hope by the same pieces of their side. The conniving troll has also made a mistake of underestimating our number one strength: the queen.

In the reality of monarchy, the queen has no ruling and the king wields the strongest power. In chess, however, it is the opposite because the queen can go in any direction in any length of the board while the king can only go one space. The queen represents the general that brings out our iron will to fight and never run with our tails between the legs, also known as George Washington. Britain, believing that farmers can never shoot a gun properly, underestimated our will power and used his queen seldom. By making that fatal flaw, his king, the complete control of America, is in great danger of a checkmate, the game's final verdict of the winner. There is one thing, however, that even the strongest piece of the board cannot defy, and that is death.

Death is a state of the body when its soul leaves, whether by natural or tyrannous force. In this case, Death would be one of the many merciless antagonists of this blood-ridden war, along with Disease, General Gage, Imprisonment, and etcetera. He will steal away parents of children too young to grow on their own, farmers that work hard to make a living in this confusing world, the innocent souls of teens finding their way in the world, and the brave who would put down their own life to ensure the happiness of others. Death is the main terror of many others. Death is a nightmare that comes to life on the battlefield around us. In fact, this is the reason that the ones who protest against war use repeatedly. In chess, when one takes another's piece, it means death to it and no resurrection, whatsoever.

The game of war, as proven in the above paragraphs, is a very important game. It can stop the pointlessness of following harmful taxes, stop others from taking away the ruling of freedom, and show how much willpower a country has. It can bring, however, the unwanted visitor of Death. Then again, when it comes to protecting a nation and their rights, any price would be worth it to those sworn to protect it. When it comes to chess, the rules are the same: Fight until freedoms earned. Honor your dead by keep going. Know the consequences of losing the game and keep it in mind in times of despair. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, the war supporters finalize when the chess game starts, "Faith is taking that first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."