A Critical Analysis of Tim O Brien’s “On the Rainy River”
“On the Rainy River,” Short story by Tim O Brien, tells about his emotional experience inside a fourteen-foot boat, northbound of Minnesota, to the beautiful Canadian waters. O’Brien dissimulates to be strong on the boat, when he is trying to build enough strength to go to war, or escape from going to it and divest everything O’Brien once had. The narrator is stating that some situations limit our chance to make the clear right choice, and theres no right choices in war; O’Brien explains this through ocean Imagery, language and setting.
Ocean Imagery affirms the stories theme: Having limited choices, the choices you do have are hard; either go to war even though you don 't agree with it, don 't go and face federal charges or escape but never see his family and build his reputation as a coward. “On my full last day, the sixth day, the old man took me out fishing on the Rainy River” (Brien ). In the ocean there are is fishes, doing their own thing minding their own business and the fisher suppliantly took him and made him supper. The same way a fish gets taken without permission its the way O’Brien got drafted to the Vietnam war without consent, your number gets announced, and your up, the same way that goes for the fish, once hooked he has no other choice he 's somebody 's property now . Uncle sam isn 't the best man in fact, he 's a selfish smart man with sophisticated plans to take money away from you (taxation), or take you too war with no permission to say no. The fishers are uncle sam, once he allocated you as a soldier its like having you hooked, you don 't know what to expect or how to react you can only improvise, Desperate, anxious want...
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Like the say life is hard then you die, especially for Tim O Brien having to be drafted to the war in Vietnam without a personal opinion. Mad , feels like your in a brink of a cliff making the decision. Some situations limit our chance to make the clear right choices in life, for example Tim, he got drafted to the war with the option to be somebody 's prey or get locked in the fish tank, risking his life for something against his principles. The tone he uses in most of his talking, you can tell the disappointment and the pain in the way he talks, the language he uses. Boarder line also his hello to liberty and bye to the draft, makes him sit down and think and preclude to make a decision. Life will take you on its ups and downs but no matter, so if yours having a rainy day, its okay it can’t rain forever, and be grateful because tim had it worse.
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