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Jimmy asks Tim to write a memo in hope that Martha may read. But he does not want the part where he told about his college experience with her in case she thinks that he is still not over her.
He reviles some of it anyways and that is maybe to show a more trustworthy than it would have been without it.
Azar seems like the guy who always is kind and sees the good side in everyone any time. This is maybe only cause he wants to keep his mind on something rather than everything that is happening. He is very empathic to the others and at first you think that he represents the good guys. But this is only on the surface to not show how afraid he really is.
The «game of checkers» shows that they would wish that the situation would be easier. the threats was not real, like the game. The game is a escape from their reality, they wished for a more normal life rather than being in the war.
An old Vietnamese guy named Old poppa-son leads them through the mine fields in the Batangan Peninsula. He knows exactly where the safe spaces are, and where you definitely do not want to step.
The first paragraph in this chapter is beauty. How this boys approaches Azar with happiness and asks for chocolate shows how the war for many did not affect in they way that you might thought i would. When old poppa-san had tears in his eyes the soldiers saw what person he was and they cared about him.
Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.
On the rainy river
«On the Rainy River» is an exploration of the role of shame in war. The story develops the theme of embarrassment as a motivating factor, first introduced by Jimmy Cross in «The Things They Carried» and «Love.» Just as Jimmy Cross feels guilty about Ted Lavender’s death, O’Brien feels guilty about going to Vietnam against his principles. He questions his own motives, and in this story he returns to the genesis of his decision in order to examine with us the specifics of cause and effect.
If i had gotten a «draft notice» for war i would react in a strange way, it would blur my whole future, will this war kill me, is it necessary, what motives do my country have to go to war. If it is to defend the country against an attack i would be more nationalistic about it, feel the pride about fighting for my country, but if i would have been drafted for the «Vietnam war» I would definitely try to avoid the war. I would ask my self, why do we go to war here, what is the purpose and see my self willing to die for something that actually has nothing to do with the principles of war.
Elroy Berdahl is a father figure for the narrator. Although the two do not explicitly discuss O’Brien’s dilemma, Elroy forces O’Brien to shake himself out of confusion. Berdahl is the owner of the motel where O’Brien decides to stay.
The start of the story makes it look suspicious and interesting than the other stories. When he tells something he has been keeping to himself, shows that this may be something big and important. This hooks the reader even more and makes them curious about what he really means, and makes then read between the lines.
He spends the summer in a meatpacking plant in his hometown of Worthington, Minnesota, removing blood clots from pigs with a water gun. He comes home every night stinking of pig and drives around town paralyzed, wondering how to find a way out of his situation. He is trying to describe his unhappiness about the job and how horrible it was, this might be a symbol which we would read later on.
He changes attitude 3 times during this chapter. First he is what most would consider normal, then he gets paranoid and scared,