A War-Time Experience In O Brien's Field Trip

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In “Field Trip,” O’Brien relives a war-time experience. What causes this account to differ so greatly from previous ones, however, is the fact that O’Brien revisits this experience in person rather than through his writing. O’Brien visits the site of Kiowa’s death with his daughter Kathleen who, expectedly, does not appreciate the setting. By visiting this site, O’Brien faces the guilt and horror he faced during the war head-on. He claims that he blamed this site “for what [he] had become, and [he] blamed it for taking away the person [he] had once been” (O’Brien 176). Visiting this site and burying Kiowa’s moccasins served as a way to cleanse himself of the horrors he faced and continued to hold on to twenty years after the end of the war.
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