In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
There are just stories about Vietnam War, and each of them has an important theme and characters. The main characters are Tim O ' Brien, Iimmy Cross, Mitchell Sanders and Kiowa. Tim O’Brien is both the narrator and protagonist of “The Things They Carried”. As he goes into the war, he is scared and afraid of the embarrassment he could cause if he would suddenly leaves. He leaves the war full of guilt and decides to write stories about Vietnam to ease the painful memories of his past.
This guy wants to talk about it, but he can’t….” Bowker feels that he has lost a sense of purpose because of the war; he no longer has drive or ambition and this can be contributed to the horrific images and situations he experienced during the war. For O’ Brien, the war signified the death of his pride. He did not want to go to the war at first, but because of outside influences and the fear of possible consequences, he chose to go despite his beliefs. For these soldiers, death happens to more than just physical
The United States of America failed in preventing the Communist takeover of Vietnam and had to reexamine its policy and initial involvement in the region. All around the world including UNO criticized the American involvement in the Vietnam War. Failure of US in this war was a big setback for the American hegemony. After that incident, USA never tried to use the forces in Southeast Asia. In case of North Korea also it is using diplomacy policy and trying to solve the issue with the help of dialogue because they are well aware that, military action may lead to Vietnam II.
The first reason I won’t re-enlist is the harsh weather. “Why are we sent here to starve and freeze?”(Waldo 151) I overheard Dr.Waldo say. The terribly cold weather is causing me to not want to re-enlist because I want to fight on the battlefield and not die from this terrible weather, and it's even colder because we don't have any shoes and very little clothing. My second reason to not re-enlist is the smallpox
His mother told him that his father’s behavior was caused by the Vietnam War, but he knows that something specific had to cause it, not just the War. The text states, “But it bothered him him whenever it happened. When something
Accepting people for who they are might be difficult, but the least we could do is try to understand them. In the “Stop the Sun” by Gary Paulsen this is shown to us through the character of Terry Erickson. Terry is a thirteen year old boy whose father has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Terry 's father had fought in the Vietnam War and the PTSD he has causes him to have flashbacks of the war. Terry Struggles to find out the cause of his father’s disorder, therefore he is unable to accept him.
O’Brien was surrounded by the era of protest and arguments on the war. Faced with the moral decision of fight or flight, he opts for the former and chooses to stay and fight for his country. Shipped off to the battlefront in Vietnam, his life in combat is drowned in constant fear and anxiety. In fear of death, O’Brien and his fellow soldiers practice courage and bravery every day. They do this while watching American soldiers die in combat from bombs and landmines.
He had to go to war because he could never Upset his family and country just like that. He thinks of himself as a coward because he went to war, against what he thought was morally right. Both options were very cowardly. It was either go to Canada and give up his life, or going against his beliefs and going to
He reminisces about how he was almost dodged the draft and was “feeling the shame” of running ( O’Brien 37). Instead of feeling pride to serve his country, he is instead filled with dread and cowardice after seeing that he has gotten a draft letter, which in turn causes him to drive to Canada, but stops in a nearby lodge. Here he meets Elroy, owner of the lodge and archetypal mentor. Tim has the moral dilemma of how “intellect” (49) had came “against emotion” (49). This shows moral ambiguity for Tim because intellect coming up against emotion means that he had his heart versus his mind, an internal battle with himself to do what is right or what feels