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  • Narrator Jimmy Cross
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    Tim O'Brien's, The Things they Carried is a riveting tale of struggle and sacrifice, self indulgence and self pity, and the intra personal battles that reeked havoc on even the most battle tested soldiers. O'Brien is able to express these ideas through eloquent writing and descriptive language that makes the reader feel as if he were there. The struggle to avoid cowardice is a prevailing idea in all of O'Brien's stories. In "On the Rainy River", O'Brien writes of intra personal struggle in its m...
  • Vietnam War
    606 words
    The years 1961 to 1972 saw the American involvement in Vietnam. For a little over ten years, America sent its sons off to fight for an unknown cause in a country they knew little about. When the United States finally pulled out of Southeast Asia, many were left scratching their heads. Over 58,000 young men died without really knowing why. Although it is a work of fiction, Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato expresses the views of those who spent their lives in the jungles of Vietnam. The Vietnam ...
  • Soldier's Greatest Fear
    993 words
    Through The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien moves beyond the horror of fighting in the Vietnam War to examine with sensitivity and insight the nature of courage and fear. Included, is a collection of interrelated stories. A few of the stories are brutal, while others are flawed, blurring the distinction between fact and fiction. All the stories, however, deal with one platoon. Some are about the wartime experiences of soldiers, and others are about a 43-year-old writer reminiscing about his pla...
  • Change Caputo
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    By Tony Manning A Rumor of War is a griping eloquently written story telling of the trials and tribulations of a young Lieutenant Caputo and how his views changed with the course of the war. It demonstrates how morality is juxtaposed with duty and honor. It portrays how "ordinary" men become killers. The book concentrates on the units that Caputo served in, but also reflects that the enemy must be compelled to feel the same way and Caputo begins to realize there is little difference in man in wa...
  • One Of Henry's Dealings In The War
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    In the Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, Henry Flemming decides to enlist in the war because of the glory he thinks he will enjoy. Henry Flemming is a Union soldier in the war. Once Henry is a member of the Union regiment, he realizes there is no glory to war. Henry endures many episodes of realism and of naturalism. The Confederates won the two-day battle in which Henry matures tremendously. Henry Flemming matured greatly because of his dealings in the war. One of Henry's dealings in the ...
  • Fear Factory Of The Conservative Western World
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    A Dichotomous Ultimatum In many ways the events of 9/11 have been used to justify, rectify, exemplify, but mostly catalyze the ongoing pro-active war on terrorism. The three-thousand people that have died with the fall of the Twin Towers continue to serve as the biggest example of martyrs for the U.S. -led ongoing campaign to restructure the world of foreign politics. Elite Americans are taking the rest of the world for a ride. Anti-terrorism leaves the rest of the Western thinking world with on...
  • Self After The War
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    I'm worried about the war and terrorism. I have a fear of dying but a greater fear of not having control of a life or dea the situation. What happened on September 11th scared me horribly. What scared me the most were the terrorist that hijacked those pales. Knowing that there are heartless people in the world is terrifying. War is another great fear on mine. My father was in the vietnam War he served from 1967-1976 nine years he has two purple hearts. my father and his whole platoon were all th...
  • Effects Of The War On His Sense
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    Any and all events in one's life may change a person profoundly, but the effect may not always be as expected. For instance, situations of despair may cause feelings of depression and uncertainty to develop in an individual, as would likely be expected. However, those same situations could ultimately lead to a sense of fulfilment or enlightenment. In the novels All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Remarque, The Wars by Timothy Findely, and A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemmingway, the varying ...

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