I asked them to select 5-6 powerful quotes from the chapter, which will be used to write a response to this important chapter in the novel. He was angry that everyone in his town expected him to go to war, but no one knew the first thing about Vietnam or its history. Analysis From the first sentence of the chapter, O'Brien begins to impress, however subtly, the importance of the novel's form, a blend of war autobiography and writer's memoir. He then goes off to war. I ask students to share some of the quotes they selected. This is such a complicated question.
Why did the narrator not want to go to war? The way he describes having to face the draft and the terrifying obstacles that seemed to crop up out of nowhere, really makes me think and try to put myself in his position. It might have been him, it might have been someone he knew, it might have been some random experience that he made up out of the blue. Though he is close enough to swim to shore, Tim finds himself completely unable to move. It was a comforting theory. He imagines all of the people in his life — including characters from his future, such as his daughter, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, and a man he will later kill — standing on opposite shores, urging him to make a decision.
War is dark and unimaginable. Lastly, the narrator is very intelligent, as he mentions his graduating Macalester College, and possibly pursuing Harvard as graduate school; he feels he has more sophisticated tasks in life that suit his intellectual level. The problem, though, was that a draft board did not let you choose your war. Beagle, and what was the ultimate significance of the Voyage? But both are tragic-comic situation. Charles Lyell was a geologist and paleontologist who wrote Principles of Geography which greatly influenced Darwin.
O'Brien was literally paralyzed as he tried to force himself from the boat. He had to decide whether he was either going to go to the war and fight or was he going to run away and avoid the draft. He was willing to break the law in order to protect himself from death and preserve his future as a teacher. Students spend the last 15-20 min of class writing their paragraph. Elroy serves to turn the young man back. O'Brien continues to feel nervousness and fear, and above all else, shame for running to Canada, but he joins Elroy in chores around the lodge to forget about his troubles.
How does this information contribute to the story on a literary level? Is it fair to hold individuals responsible for a choice society pressured them to make? No, this is not because I am a coward. Is keeping a social contract more important than looking out for ones own well-being? The opening line of this short story makes the reader really want to continue reading because it sounds like he's telling you a secret. This information contributes to the story because it's foreshadowing the war and Tim's part in it. His conscience and instincts tell him to run. It's a symbol for his mental state at the time.
When the opportunity to swim to Canada is offered to him while fishing with Elroy, Tim O'Brien decides to become a soldier and fight. He has aspirations, and those aspirations are higher than working in such conditions. An important difference exists between the physical and sensory detail O'Brien employs at the beginning of the chapter, or rather the lack of it, and the attention paid to it at the chapter's close. Are there other reasons for going he doesn't list? By making the opening for this chapter like a crooked finger to say, Come here and a finger to the lips as if to say, But stay quiet. One such paradox is that of courage and fear. Last edited by Admin on December 9th 2008, 1:41 pm; edited 1 time in total 1. The narrator shares a story he has never told before, admitting that it still makes him squirm.
O'Brien uses second person to connect the readers with the emotions of the narrator. I find the Rainy River to be the best of the stories so far! Is it possible to find redemption for a shameful choice one has made? O'Brien works in the meatpacking plant as a summer job, not as an occupation that will become a full-time career. Yet the story is not fragmentary and disconnected, abruptly moving between memories. Switch it up, and make it healthy, but give yourself a day where you can get bad foods, or make it one meal a day with bad foods to start. This is not because I do not stand up for or love my country, because I do. What effect do they have on you, as a reader? Canada- Canada represents freedom in the story. Tim talks about how much he detests how some.
First, the story establishes a confessional tone and creates an immediate empathy between the reader and the O'Brien character. We discuss why this is a paradox and what it means. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! No, this is not because I am a coward. That's the whole beauty of them. Not only did it give some fascinating insight into the mind of a man forced to go to war, but he explained his argument with such eloquence and passion that I found myself thoroughly intrigued. He comes home every night stinking of pig and drives around town aimlessly, paralyzed, wondering how to find a way out of his situation. He wants us to feel the struggle over the decision to go to war.