It comes from the story “On the rainy river”. He had very strong thoughts about just going to Canada and leaving everything behind but he can’t make himself do that, he finally decides on going to the war while crying on a boat with Elroy Berdahl. In the story “Friends” Lee Strunk gets his leg blown off. Strunk and his Buddy Dave Jensen made a pact that if either one of them were to get seriously injured the other would put them out of their misery. When Lee gets his leg blown off
In the chapter “On The Rainy River”, O’Brien shows the obligation he feels through his embarrassment and fear of dishonor. During the chapter, he talks about recieving a draft notice for the Vietnam War. He goes back and forth about whether he should flee to Canada or fight. After spending a week on the border of Canada and the U.S., O’Brien decides he’s going to go to war. While deciding, he talks about his fears and also says “I would go to war - I would kill and maybe die - because I was embarrassed not to” (O’Brien 57).
O’brien was against the Vietnam War before and after got drafted. As a student, O’brien took a stand against the war, and participated the anti-war protest. In the Chapter, “On The Rainy River,” O’brien is talking about how he thought about fleeing to Canada when he received the draft notice. O’brien had a full-ride scholarship for grad studies at Harvard when he received the draft notice and he could not believed it because he was to smart to go war. Furthermore, he “hated dirt and tents and mosquitoes” ( O’Brien 39), he was not a soldier materiel.
I came across a story called “On the Rainy River” which was about a man named Tim O’Brien receiving a draft letter and being conflicted as to whether or not he should go to the war or run away to Canada. After concisely thinking about his decision he runs off to Canada but later regrets it and feels immense guilt and shamefully serves in the war. Reading his story sparked something inside of me, although I opposed this war I thought about the heroism I could have possibly gained going to this war. I couldn’t run away from my family and possibly never see them again, Afraid of leaving my family and normal life behind, I went to war. The pressure O’Brien felt, was the same pressure I was enduring at that moment.
Tommy Douglas, just like any other person had a lot of problems to deal with before he became “the greatest Canadian.” Starting from the beginning, it was hard enough for him to leave his home country (Scotland), but that wasn’t it, he then had to leave school at the age of 14 and become a soap boy to support his family after he decided to switch from being a Baptist member to a Politician, and when he finally achieved his goals, he was yet again faced with a new set of problems, for example: Some reacted against the new ideas, some people hated the idea of having free health care given to everyone which makes no sense. He was unsuccessful in the 1934 Saskatchewan elections. He was labelled a “Red” and a “Communist” by his political opponents. Although he had a lot of reasons to quit, he also had a lot of achievements that made him the man we all respect and look up to; some of them are that on Nov. 29, 2004, Tommy Douglas was named The Greatest Canadian of all time by voters across
My Brother Sam Is Dead My Brother Sam Is Dead is based on a young man and his family, as his big brother named Sam goes onto the War between the Lobster-back and the Patriots. During the war Sam’s father disagreed for him to go into the war as a soldier of the Patriots because they were still loyal to the King George lll. When Sam joined to be part of Patriots, the Patriots wasn’t doing so good as the Loyalist due to the lack of food supply, some of the soldier was man who was under 18 and still a beginner, the cold weather and bad clothing, and the lack supplies of transportation. When Tim and his father went to take the cattle towards the port they were disturb by a group of who were called Bandits but they says that they are working with
In the eyes of many, Chris McCandless was a troubled man. Many thought that he was not going in the direction his life should have been aimed. Instead of seeking employment with his college degree, marrying, doing “normal things” at his age, he chose to donate the money that remained in his college fund to a charity called Oxfam, assumed the name of Alexander Supertramp, deserted his family and began a journey all over the country that would ultimately lead to his great Alaskan adventure. McCandless’ death led to much media attention, which in turn, led to strong opinions about
He was drafted the day before Christmas, when he was twenty four years old. Being drafted made Ernest very nervous and worried, but he didn’t want to let his family and country down. When he was drafted he was required to serve for two years, then two years in active reserve and two years inactive. When he was serving for his two years, he was stationed in Germany by the Berlin Wall. He was there to keep peace and this was known and the cold war, but
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. government used conscription to establish a military. Tim O’brien was one of the men that got selected to fight in the war. In the book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, O’Brien does not portray ideal defined heroism because he does morally believe in what the war is fighting for. However, O’brien almost flocked to Canada, but decided to conquer his fears. His choice to go into war was viewed as heroic.
They come to Canada on a temporary visa, and are made dependent on their employers, which includes relying on them for access to healthcare, legal status, housing and transportation (Read, Zell and Fernandez 2013:24). They have no job security and are therefore dependent on their employers to be able to return to work each year (Read, Zell and Fernandez 2013:6). Due to this anxiety, they might avoid anything that could jeopardize their employment. This includes social activities. In the article Stories of Agricultural Migrant Workers in Manitoba, one worker talked about how he was invited to play soccer with the other workers but declined because he was scared that he would “fall down and injure himself which could result in him getting fired” (Read, Zell and Fernandez 2013:24).