Cacciato Essays

  • Morality in O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato

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    Morality in O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato Going After Cacciato, by Tim O'Brien, is a book that presents many problems in understanding. Simply trying to figure out what is real and what is fantasy and where they combine can be quite a strain on the reader. Yet even more clouded and ambiguous are the larger moral questions raised in this book. There are many so-called "war crimes" or atrocities in this book, ranging from killing a water buffalo to fragging the commanding officer. Yet they are

  • Tim O’Brien's Going After Cacciato

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    Going After Cacciato, an epic novel written by Tim O’Brien, is about a platoon of men going away without leave (AWOL) searching for a young man named Cacciato in the imagination of a man of the platoon named Paul Berlin. In Going After Cacciato the “tea party,” between the AWOL platoon and Li Van Hgoc contributes greatly to the novel by adding to the confusion and teaching the reader how to deal with the war and the ’noise.’ The first thing that this “tea party” does is that it introduces the reader

  • Tim O’Brien's Going After Cacciato

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    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 War was not a war fought by volunteers; it was fought by men who were more or less forced to go. The American soldier was there, Not because of strong convictions

  • Blending Reality and Fantasy in Going After Cacciato

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    Blending Reality and Fantasy in Going After Cacciato by O'Brien As O'Brien's third novel, Going After Cacciato is one of his most acclaimed works. The book brings to the reader many chilling aspects of war while developing a connection between the reader and the narrator. After many years, Going After Cacciato still dominates over more recent war novels by providing a unique glimpse into the soldiers mind. O'Brien reflects upon his wartime experiences in Vietnam while successfully blending reality

  • Romanticism in Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato

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    Romanticism in Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato Critics of Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato have examined its narrative technique (see Raymond) and its position in literature as metafiction (see Herzog).  Still other critics have commented on the motif of time (see McWilliams) and the theme and structure (see Vannatta).  On the last point, critics find the structure of the novel is fragmented to reveal the nature of the United States' involvement in Vietnam.  Unfortunately, this fragmentation

  • The Hardships Facing Vietnam War Soldiers in Tim O'Brien’s Going after Cacciato and In the Lake of

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    The Hardships Facing Vietnam War Soldiers in Tim O'Brien’s Going after Cacciato and In the Lake of the Woods The Vietnam War was, mentally and physically, one of the most brutal the United States has ever participated in. Our soldiers had to undergo daily miseries and sufferings which wore on them in body and mind. Dysentery was a common cause of physical wasting. Other diseases combined with the continuous rain and mud caused flesh to rot and made daily life that much more insufferable. Long

  • Going After Cacciato

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    In Tim Robbin's story Going After Cacciato, the main character, Paul Berlin, seeks to tell a story in which he and the gang attempt to catch the runaway soldier Cacciato, while at the same time trying to flee from the harsh environment of the Vietnam War, to Paris. Their journey eventually leads Paul Berlin to Iran where the crew of Paul Berlin, the Lieutenant, Doc Peret, Sarkin Aung Wan, and Stink Harris to name a few become stuck at the border of the country with absolutely no way of getting in

  • From Going After Cacciato Analysis

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    Part I Out of this week’s works of literature, the family in “From Going after Cacciato” by Tim O’Brien stood out the most to me. Not that it reminded me specifically of my own family, because I was raised in a single mother household. I would say that the reason it got my attention was because of how Private Paul Berlin spoke of his father so well. My interpretation was that he and his father had great relationship and enjoyed one another’s company. As I was reading the story I noticed he spoke

  • Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien

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    Going After Cacciato It is generally recognized that Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato (1978) is most likely the best novel of the Vietnam war, albeit an unusual one in that it innovatively combines the experiential realism of war with surrealism, primarily through the overactive imagination of the protagonist, Spec Four Paul Berlin. The first chapter of this novel is of more than usual importance. Designed to be a self-sufficient story (McCaffery 137) and often anthologized as one, this chapter

  • Analyzing Paul Berlin's 'Going After Cacciato'

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    has always been evident in an assortment of writing styles. A hero normally tries to obtain something or someone; whether it would fill a void in his life or if it was stolen from him, they would always try their hardest. However, in Going After Cacciato by Tim O’brien, Paul Berlin’s goal was aspiration and bravery. To many readers it was more than just a war story, it was a look into the minds of the soldiers that fought in the Vietnam War, and how some of the soldiers dealt with the things happening

  • Theme Of Honor In Tim O Brien's Going After Cacciato

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    honor. Honor – independent of purpose – draws upon loyalty and self-image to distract from the lack of clear moral boundaries. In his novel Going After Cacciato, Tim O’Brien uses the character Cacciato to show the contrast between purpose and honor,

  • Extordinary In 'Going After Cacciato By Tim O' Brien

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    The 1979 National Book Award winner, Tim O’Brien for his fiction in, “Going after Cacciato” born in Austin, Minnesota is an author and war hero from numerous fiction and nonfiction war stories, memoirs, and is known to be a critical literally technique war veteran of a master in description of the images with themes in courage therefore which he portrays vividly explicit as a man. Tim O’ Brien personifies his memoir nonfiction book “If I die in a combat zone box me up and ship me home”, from his

  • Confusion in War

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    This sets the scene for Going After Cacciato and its main character Paul Berlin. The book is told in the form of three stories. Sixteen chapters are a narrative of the real war, focusing on the deaths of the men in Berlin’s squadron, another ten chapters depict a single full night when Berlin decides to take the whole watch rather than wake up one of his companions, and the other twenty chapters center on the squad’s imaginative journey to Paris chasing Cacciato. Berlin spends essentially the entire

  • The Crucible Chapter 22 Analysis

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    India. Every time they see Cacciato and he escapes, they find a clue that takes them further. We learn in chapter 22 more about the personality of the members of the group. Eddie likes to sing and listen to music, so music is his way of dealing and coping with the war. Also, although Johnson claims to be from Michigan, he sends every letter to Maine. Just like this, everyone in the group is lying to themselves in some way, as they think they are going after cacciato to stop him and arrest him, but

  • Comparing The Ideas Of Home In The Odyssey And Monkey

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    companions have a physical home, but they leave them for the journey. When the journey ends they do not return to their original home, but go to the new home they were given. The Odyssey and Monkey both have different ideas of home, however, Going After Cacciato brings both of these books ideas of home together and shows how there definitions of home can work together. The Odyssey shows us the struggle of Odysseus to get home. He is a brave warrior who has already left home for war, but struggles to get

  • Tim O Brien's Accomplishments

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    Tim O’Brien is considered as one of the most successful authors of his time period-even being nominated as the best short story author of the 20th century. Along with his acquired fame and reputation, he has rightfully earned many awards to accompany it. His success can be primarily credited to his suffering, which inspired many of his writings. O’Brien used his traumatic experiences in the Vietnam war to attach his personal beliefs and emotions to his work. Before he began writing literature, O’Brien

  • The Importance Of Courage In Vietnam War

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    pain and death as the draft dodgers. They feared communism. However, their sense of duty forced them to fight instead of run away because they did not agree with the war. Only a select few have the specific mindset to show courage. In Going after Cacciato, Berlin was searching for courage. He was searching for a way to be deal with his fear for the war. He felt obligated to fight, but he doubted the purpose of the war. Since “the war was still a war, and he was still a soldier. He hadn’t run. This

  • How Is Tim O Brien's Influence On The Things They Carried

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    In 1976, O’Brien was given the O. Henry Memorial Award for two chapters in Going After Cacciato and later the National Book Award in 1979. He won the Vietnam Veterans of America Award in 1987 and later in the same year, National Magazine Award in Fiction for The Things They Carried. This short story was also included in “The Best American Short

  • Tim O'Brien

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    Tim O’Brien “Intellect had run up against emotion. My conscience told me to run, yet some irrational and powerful force was resisting, like a weight pushing me toward the war. What it came to, stupidly, was a sense of shame. Hot, stupid shame. I did not want people to think badly of me.” (Tim O’Brien; On the Rainy River). Tim O’Brien is a twentieth- century author, he was born October 1 1946 in Minnesota. After O’Brien graduated from Worthington College, he received his draft papers for

  • War Trauma in Selected Novels of Tim O'Brien and Larry Heinemann

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    Review of Literature The theory of trauma that will be highlighted in this study has been discussed in many books, journals and theses. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman (1992) explores trauma and puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. The book also documents and uses the victims’ own words to change the way we think about and treat