Die In A Combat Zone, Box Me Up And Ship Me Home By Tim O Brien

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Out of the approximately 58,100 American casualties of the Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien managed to be one of the lucky foot soldiers that avoided brutal Viet Cong assault, countless hidden land mines, and deadly booby-traps. After the war, O’Brien conjured up a very emotional and eye-opening novel about his experiences in Vietnam and titled it, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me up and Ship Me Home. Author Tim O’Brien argued that the Vietnam War was unjustified through his depictions of exquisite brutality, mistreatment of Vietnam civilians, and soldier’s experiences of guerrilla warfare.
The ways in which O’Brien demonstrates to the audience the exquisite brutality of the Viet Cong and American soldiers during the Vietnam War, are scattered throughout the entirety of the book and really help to strengthen his claim for the lack of justification for the War. The first instance in which the audience starts to notice how brutal the Vietnam War truly was, is when a night patrol led by Mad Mark enter a village called Tri Binh 4 (pg. 83). At the village, the patrol squad shoots and kill Viet Cong soldiers, one of which happen to be missing an ear because Mad Mark removed and kept it (pg. 83). That same night, gunships are called in on the village for an hour, and the following morning the town is burnt to the ground (pg. 84). …show more content…

O’Brien captures real-life events that he experiences first-hand in Vietnam. Including the incomprehensive presence of brutality, a disturbing lack of value for the lives of innocent Vietnamese civilians, and the soldier’s experiences with guerrilla warfare. These factors together encompass the main points in Tim O’Brien’s argument and give valid evidence that helps the reader grasp that America had little to no morally justifiable reason to become involved in the Vietnam

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