The Affect of the War No matter what type of confrontation one may be engaged in, the results are usually experiences that will affect the person involved. In the situations that the characters of Tim O’Brien’s post-modern war novel, The Things They Carried, many characters are exposed to staining experiences during their time serving in the Vietnam War that alter their lives. With any war there are bound to be gruesome sights that may cause one to get queasy, but nothing compares to the hardships the characters endure while in Vietnam and the affect they have on them. Although many characters bring home scarring experiences from the war, the main three characters affected by the war are Jimmy Cross, Tim O’Brien, and Norman Bowker who share guilt and long for closure. When promoted to lieutenant one gains not only a title, but also the responsibility of the lives of the men in his platoon. Since it is near inevitable for deaths to occur, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross concedes major affects of the war. Cross’ guilt is evident when Ted Lavender dies and he digs a hole and weeps in it. Also when Kiowa dies Cross feels obligated to send Kiowa’s father a letter taking responsibility for the death, and then O’Brien mentions that Cross begins to second guess his prior decisions. The character Tim O’Brien also suffers a great deal of guilt after killing what might be an innocent Vietnamese citizen. In the short story “The Man I Killed” it is clear that O’Brien has a hard time surmounting killing a boy by the fact that he is unable to talk to Kiowa about it but instead only reminisces about the vivid details of the corpse, “His jaw was in his throat, his upper lip and teeth were gone, his one eye was shut, his other eye was a star-shaped hole…” (O’Brien 118). A reader can deduce the ongoing remorse since he lies to his daughter when she questions him about killing people during his time in the war. The two men continue to experience guilt when meeting up many years after the war and reminiscing over pictures of men in the platoon O’Brien writes, “Jimmy rubbed his eyes and said he’d never forgiven himself for Lavender’s death…I nodded and told him I felt the same about certain things” (26). These two men experience a great deal of unfortunate events that have lifelong affects but Norman Bowker is most harshly impacted. During one of the war stories it is described that Bowker has the opportunity to save Kiowa but does not in order to save his own life.…
December 14th, 2014
Stephen King V.S Edgar Allan Poe
Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe are both amazing authors who have their own
unique voice. Both authors have their individual style when writing scary stories. These two
authors have gone through different experiences that brought them to become who they are
now. Today both, Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe, are well known. These two authors use
setting, theme, and characterization to develop…
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The title is very eye catching to a baseball fan such as myself. One must take a liking to baseball to find this article relevant to them. If a person did not have awareness of the team, player, or even the sport, they would have no clue what this article is about. Reading on I recognized this article was actually very brief and unimportant information.
The discussion of this article is actually humiliating towards Rodriguez and the Rays’. It points out the immature…
How bad do you think Alex is and how does Brooks present her in the novel?
Throughout the novel the reader meets many characters; one pivotal character is Alex freeman. Despite the benefit of retrospective narration, Martyn gives a very bias view of Alex, even though he knows what she has done to him. Martyn`s view of her character throughout the novel is positive, which is the only view the reader can hold. However as the novel progresses and all becomes clear, Alex`s real qualities emerge…
LA 11- Reflective Composition
How can a death of someone I never knew affect me so much? I still to this day won’t forget the day I saw my father, crying his eyes out, I was 8 when I came home from school and saw my father sitting on the couch crying his eyes out for his father. At the time I really didn’t know why my father was acting like this only thing I knew was that my father grew up only having 1 parent, my strong grandma. I didn’t seem to figure out how something…
Alex as an Antihero
The question that has plagued scientists, sociologists and psychologists alike over time has been a simple "Are humans born completely good or evil?". Though the question still remains elusive, Anthony Burgess attmepts to make a point about humanity in his novel Clockwork Orange. Burgess presents the idea that good and evil are both necessities in humans, and that often it is up to freewill and choice to become one or the other. In his novel, Burgess created a character that…
Richard Rodriguez has different kinds of tensions in his essay. He is often troubled in one-way or another. Ever since a young boy at home or in school has Rodriguez felt some type of tension that he thought he had figured out; but in reality he truly never did until his last year in graduate school when he was writing a dissertation in England.
The first tension I noticed was between him and his parents. At first, Rodriguez was not too thrilled…
as her and they spoke it quite well. There was no way I could keep up with anything that she was saying and she couldn’t stop her lesson to help me out; there was only so much she could do for me. Just as I thought there was no hope for me, Mrs. Rodriguez came into the classroom and saved me from it all. She took to me into another classroom and I was confused at first and a bit scared until she explained that she was going to help me learn English. She was my savior. I was quite glad that I was going…
personalities who I believe have been detrimental to their team and the sport that they actively participate in are Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, and Caramelo Anthony. The negatives they contain are “me” type players that don't care about anything but their own personal statistics.
While other sports certainly have egomaniacal players, baseball probably has some of the worst and Alex Rodriguez is one of them. During the regular season, fans will hear about a player being a prima donna via a fallout with…
The case involves a talented product manager working at Landon Care Products, Inc. Alex Sander is new, but has proven himself in a very short period of time. His talent is attractive and valuable to management, but other employees do not feel very comfortable working with him. He is intolerable and it is becoming a sensitive issue for management. All of this comes to light in his 360°performance review, a new process Landon management has implemented. His interaction with his peers and direct…