He couldn't believe it! You can apply the psychological lens at the beginning, when his thoughts of joining are just taking shape. He thought that he “was too good for this war, too smart, too compassionate, to everything”. Tim absolutely hates the idea and actually
Vladek no longer seems capable of being the loving father and husband he once was. Overall, I think Vladek needed adversity to unlock the parts of himself which allowed him to survive, but was hindered by the trauma of having to go through what he did towards the end of his
Characters such as Kristen and Clark seem to be lost when trying to reach a state of happiness before the pandemic. Mandel leaves characters to find their inner fulfillment after the collapse, despite their surroundings being far worse than previous. How can one find happiness despite living in much worse conditions then before? The material items they once took for granted before the apocalypse have now made them realize that it was the meanings behind the items that led them to find happiness, not the value of the item. Mandel frames human life in both worlds for them to realize that happiness is reached from true meaning behind items, rather than the items
Thus, when O’Brien mentions in the quote, valor was not the point, he is trying to explain to the reader that the men went like it was a job they had to do, not a random act of courage that willed them to proceed. The draft pulled them into it. They did not want to dishonor their fathers, their country and society who told them fighting is honorable. In “The Things They Carried,” it was this ‘dishonor’ that had lead them to enter the war, it was “nothing
Through this scene one can understand that even though these men know what they should and shouldn't do, they are put into an environment that does not allow them to care. O’Brien struggles with his decision to avenge Jorgensen for his botched butt. O’Brien blatantly states that although he wouldn't do or agree with his revenge attempt if he was back home, he does it anyway because of the primitive structure of war-life. This holds true for all of the violent scenes in the story. The fight or flight response led them to Vietnam, not Canada, and that response is carried throughout the
Imagine a situation where an individual is forced to make a decisive decision to protect one’s life from potential death. To what extent will the individual go to protect one’s life? Is there even a certainty that their life is in danger? In the short story, “On the Rainy River”, Tim O’Brien suggests that when an individual is forced to face the element of uncertainty within their futures, their imagining of such futures, driven by emotions to fight or flee, results in the creation of positive and negative futures. The conception of such futures leads to an internal moral conflict where one compares and weighs the consequences of their depicted futures.
The leader I chose to think about was General George Patton. I feel the quality’s that made him stand out to me was, his ability to inspire his soldiers to keep fighting, if not fight harder in the worst scenarios of war. He probably assumed that if he would show any doubt or fear that the mission would not succeed, than his men fail, so this was not an option.
His choice to go into war was viewed as heroic. Tim O’Brien did not want to face continuous mortification by his fellow neighbors. He was too humiliated to sanction to Canada. (“O’Brien”) Tim O’Brien stated, “I couldn’t tolerate it. I couldn’t endure the mockery, or the disgrace, or the patriotic ridicule.
This action reveals him as a week-minded and self-conscious person. Because of this minute act, O’Brien lives the rest of his life in utter embarrassment and sadness (“I survived, but it's not a happy ending. I was a coward. I went to the war”). This displays how very minor actions and choice can impact the direction of one’s
While some differences between the two works are evident like the ways to face the reality of the characters, the point of view and the environment, the similarities such as the desire to leave the environment they are in, feeling stuck in their place and finding ways to deal with their reality are striking. I will discuss these issues in my essay to show the similarities between these seemingly unalike works. The poem “The Lake of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats is about a place in nature and it clearly illustrates the notion of wanting to escape as it's written in the first person. The poem is a description of a place the narrator visited as a child. The lake represents a quiet place, where he can think and be alone.