Coleman talks to DeVictor, a VA who is trying to help the veterans, and tells her about his duty he still believes he has to serve. “If you were in a safe place and your buddies were getting shot at, you would go back and get them.“ (Coleman) The director uses this line as a reference towards the soldiers and America. Coleman is a symbol for America and he has a duty to rescue the fallen soldiers. Johnson uses great symbols and comparisons to show the audience the obstacles that the Vets had to face upon return ... ... middle of paper ... ...ncer but its something that DeVictor and many vets thinks otherwise. The Vets stories was something hard to believe for Americans since they were not a part of the war.
Henry begins to think about what life was like before he entered the army, and remembers some stories of war he has heard from old veterans. This flashback is very effective in showing how his previous experiences have affected his thoughts on war now. It is very clear that he is afraid that he will not be able to withstand the pressures of a war. He keeps telling himself that if he wants to become a hero and realizes he can not run away. He must stick out the battle with the rest of his fellow soldiers.
O’Brien has many issues regarding the war in Vietnam. For example, he also does not agree with the motives of America’s attacks on the Vietnamese people. He also thinks that the residents of his town do not fully understand the reasons for the war and therefore have no right to judge him on his decision not to go. Although, after an eye-opening stay with an elderly man that he meets on his way to Canada, O’Brien second-guesses his decision to run away. The man, Elroy Berdahl, shows him the meaning of honor and responsibility, which changes his whole outlook on what is right.
Not only does this novel tell us readers about his particular experiences, but The Things They Carried also gives insight on the other soldiers and their stories about their missions while fighting for our country as well. With the Vietnam War being one of the most brutal wars to fight, these soldiers had interesting stories to tell, and with these stories being told about their experience in the Vietnam, it should make people realize the war is not an easy task and everyone is not built for it, and that our nation needs to support our troops. First off, when Tim O'Brien wrote the novel, he titled it The Things They Carried, although he could have easily named the novel The Things I Carried, but he didn't because he knows that he was not in this alone. Each and every soldier has a different story to be told not only about their life prior to war, but when they were there as well. For example, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is a platoon leader who is also the protagonist in the short story The Things They Carried.
All of this would change after the deployment to a land... ... middle of paper ... ...r and respect that he had learned while training had left him because of the way war is fought. The Vietnam War changed the way Caputo viewed war. After fighting, he saw the realities of war and became disenchanted with it. Seeing the unnecessary deaths caused, human suffering, and the longevity of the war made Caputo skeptical about the war. He felt that the United States was losing blood and treasure for a lost cause.
The stress and anxiety grows more and more as the letters continue and the soldiers begin to contemplate their situation. I’ve learned a lot of factual things about the Vietnam War throughout my life such as how it began and what the outcome was but reading this book was the first time I learned about what the soldiers were experiencing and the cruel reality of this war. A few letters in “Dear America” I found very interesting and are a good depiction of the Vietnam War. The first of these letters was written by Robert C. Ransom from New York City. He was shipped to Vietnam in March 1968 and his letter to his parents showed me how oblivious some soldiers were when first coming to Vietnam.
I believe a person has a right to make his own decision about fighting in a war. In the Vietnam time era, the concerns of a man who was getting drafted went from bettering his and his families’ life to deciding to go to war or find an alternative. Going to war meant personal hardships, loss of income, leaving family, and potential of losing one's life. I can understand a person’s determination to avoid the draft. Whatever choice the men made, the consequences were dangerous and sometimes deadly.
“War is hell, but that’s not the half of it...” (76), states Tim O’Brien in the novel The Things They Carried. The short stories throughout the novel describe and express how the soldiers are fighting not only a war in Vietnam but are also battling with their own self-conscience. Since the men arrive home, they bask in the times spent in Vietnam, bringing back the past and refusing to forget the horrific memories and the guilt that will forever be in their minds. The Things They Carried contains symbols and oppositions that justify how the physical and emotional burdens each soldier carries are too big to satisfy the stereotypes of American society. The first chapter is entitled “The Things They Carried”, which is seen as one of the most
In A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo informs the struggles he experienced in Vietnam. During his involvement in the war, Caputo is conflicted with his personal identity and finding the meaning of war. With his desire to prove himself a man and the influence of Kennedy’s challenge to “ask what you can do for your country,” he enlisted in the military (p.xiv). Although Caputo describes his excitement for standing up for his country, he warns the reader to not be fooled by the romance of war. War is death, and it is nothing like he envisioned.
Even though Second Lieutenant Frederick Downs, Jr. is worn, he writes, " And yet it is my job, and I do it willingly, knowing that war is a constant factor in this world and has been here since the beginning of man" (61). Likewise, "I am a Marine," (81) writes Corporal Kevin Macaulay, who was at the combat base at Khe Sanh during the siege. When Private First Class Richard E. Marks wrote up his Last Will and Testament, he also clearly stated he was in Vietnam due to his own desire, that he had always wanted to be a Marine. He didn't like being over there, but he was "doing a job that must be done" (123). ... ... middle of paper ... ...re by men who died soon after, especially those in the chapter of last letters.