Analysis From the first sentence of the chapter, O'Brien begins to impress, however subtly, the importance of the novel's form, a blend of war autobiography and writer's memoir. Exhausted and scared, O'Brien stops, still on the U. Switch it up, and make it healthy, but give yourself a day where you can get bad foods, or make it one meal a day with bad foods to start. He's embarrassed to stay and embarrassed to go. Canada played no part in the Vietnam War and therefore the young men who refused to fight were safe there.
By making the opening for this chapter like a crooked finger to say, Come here and a finger to the lips as if to say, But stay quiet. Ho Chi Minh 1890-1969; born Nguyen That Thanh President of North Vietnam 1954-1969. He was very passive, like a god, just observing silently as people make choices. McCarthy supported the Vietnam War at first, voting in favor of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, but by 1968, he strongly opposed the war. The opening sentence gives the reader the sense that this story is more personal, and it also lets the reader know that this story is more significant to the author. He wants us, the readers, to have, to feel the monotony of the act of declotting pigs.
After struggling with indecision about whether he should leave for months, Tim walks away in the middle of a shift at a local meat-packing plant. He was a witness, like God, or like the gods, who look on in absolute silence as we live our lives, as we make our choices or fail to make them. Huck Finn Protagonist from the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain marked by his plucky and rebellious spirit. He doesn't push Tim to make one choice or another, and he doesn't judge Tim either way. The effect also appears when Elroy Berdahl perceptively tells O'Brien that he had wondered about the smell. It gives you a chance to walk in his shoes, being let in on this big moment. This is not because I do not stand up for or love my country, because I do.
He paid Elroy for the room and drove home to his parents. Canada might have been one of the best places in the world but for me and Tim, Canada is a lot more than that. Glossary The Lone Ranger Famous cowboy hero and the star of first a radio show and then a television show in the 1940s and 1950s. I ask which quote they believe is the most important one. When Tim O'Brien is drafted, he instantly worries for his well being and is concerned for his future. Last edited by Admin on December 9th 2008, 1:41 pm; edited 1 time in total 1. He worries, however, that such an action will lose him the respect of his family and community.
Call me a coward, but for the Vietnam War I would have done the same. It also sets the tone of the chapter as one of guilt, secrets, and reflection. We discuss why this is a paradox and what it means. The final obstacle standing in the way of his freedom, but his freedom is a double standard for his cowardice. He had to decide whether he was either going to go to the war and fight or was he going to run away and avoid the draft. Vietnam went through the same metamorphose as the narrator in Greasy Lake did, War is started by plain stupidity and you figure. They begin to ask what the character means with these two sentences.
Rainy River- The rainy river is the bridge to the safe haven that is Canada. Tim recalls feeling something within him snap and trying to hold himself together as he packs a suitcase, gets into his car and drives north. He went because he could not find the bravery to run. My grandfather told me all about one of the world wars and how his father was a prisoner of war who escaped. The stench of dead pig hangs on the boy, just as the stink of death will permeate war. O'Brian is trying to make the reader experience what the narrator experienced. This would be a different story if he had gone to Canada because there would be no stories about the Vietnam War.
He thinks that the story proves him to be a coward. Write a short character sketch of Elroy, including his physical, mental and social characteristics. I begin by asking them to identify the specific words that make this an example of a paradox. O'Brien fears of being an outcast and wants to be accepted by his family and peers. Elroy- Elroy is his saviour, as he puts it. I confirm that this is one of the most important quotes in this chapter and ask that they all copy these two sentences if they have not done so already.
An example of this detail is the contrast of O'Brien's work in the meatpacking plant to the future that he hopes awaits him in graduate school. Lastly, the narrator is very intelligent, as he mentions his graduating Macalester College, and possibly pursuing Harvard as graduate school; he feels he has more sophisticated tasks in life that suit his intellectual level. The outlook the narrator has on life before his experience at Greasy. I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this story. When 1st person is used, it makes the line between the truth and the lie blurred and makes some seem unbelievable, furthering his idea that true war stories would be believed by war veterans only, not normal civilians.
It makes me realize how dark the wars really were. But both are tragic-comic situation. Tim learns that he is not as brave as he thought he was. When he thinks of the war he thinks of dying without a cause which is not honorable because his life means so much more to him than that. O'Brien has just graduated from college and wants to become a teacher someday. What defines whether something is right or wrong is based purely on ones judgment and perspective. I live with my grandfather, and I consider him the smartest and most experienced man I know, so this really touched me.
However, this does blur the line between reality and the untrue, making it so we rely on what the narrator's observations are and making it hard to distinguish if every person's stories are actually true or not. I believe the author feels like America is meddling in places they it does not belong, and that is one of his major problems with this war. . But many of the fragments foreshadow later events in the collection. Why did the narrator not want to go to war? I ask why this is a paradox. It might have been him, it might have been someone he knew, it might have been some random experience that he made up out of the blue.