In the vignette “Good Form” out of the book The Things they Carried, O’Brien admits to telling the “story-truth”, not the “Happening-Truth”. This changes my view on the vignette “The Man I Killed” because in “Good Form” O’Brien admits to never seeing the faces of men he’s killed so that makes the vignette “The Man I Killed” just a humanization of the faceless men that O’Brien has killed in Vietnam. This book is essentially three literary categories in one. It is historical due to the accurate depiction of the war in Vietnam and how it portrays the mindsets of the soldiers during the war and facing all the psychological hardships that they had to go through. It is autobiographical because of the way O’brien tells the stories as though they were first hand experiences. And finally the story is fictional because of the vignettes that show the “story-truth” and not the “happening-truth”. I believe that if O’Brien had told the vignette “The Man I Killed” using the “happening-truth” that the story would have been entirely different because not only would O’Brien have not been talking about the man and his distorted features, but the story would have been about O’Brien seeing a faceless and nameless body without any backstory and denying himself the fact that he killed that man instead of coming to accept the fact that he did. This book helped me realize many things about life, vietnam, and even war in general. “The Things They Carried” isn’t only a saying for the guns and ammunition and other weighted objects they had, it is also a saying for the mental and emotional strains and hardships that these men had to carry with them.Whether it be death, or love, or sentimentality even, these men
There is always a reason behind it; a terrible childhood, an unstable mind, or an emotional event. Madness creeps into lives and takes over, leaving no control for the body it inhabits. This insanity is a reoccurrence in many novels, mostly because it is one characteristic many readers have not, and hopefully will not, experience. In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, madness attacked many of the characters as they traveled deeper into the heart of Africa, much like the characters who fell into the…
Cross’ personality. The quote states: “In the late afternoon, after a day's March he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hours of night pretending.”(O’Brien, 366). These few sentences display the level of affection that Jimmy has for Martha. He uses the most proper form of care that he can to handle the letters he receives from her. What the reader understands after learning of Jimmy Cross’ behavior is…
Dr. Alan Brew
15 April 2014“We Are Holding Our Own”: The Fitzgerald’s Final Voyage
It felt as though a fire was raging through his insides. The pain was so great Richard Bishop could do nothing but collapse back onto his bed and wait for the pain to slowly subside. Bishop was the head steward on the Columbia Oglebay Norton steamship Edmund Fitzgerald, but for the last few months he had been off of the ship on sick leave with a severe case of bleeding stomach ulcers. He…
Thought most power must remain with the States.
Feared tyranny like the British Monarchy would result from a strong central government.
Said if they were going to do this- citizens must have guaranteed protections against possibility of tyranny
This is crucial because it becomes the Bill of Rights.
III. Patrick Henry was an Anti-Federalist who wasn’t going to sign without a Bill of Rights. Henry laid out his concerns for the changes in Government at the Virginia Ratifying Convention: 1) the Preamble is…
CONTENTS: CASE STUDIES
CASE STUDY 1
Midsouth Chamber of Commerce (A): The Role of the Operating Manager in
CASE STUDY I-1
IMT Custom Machine Company, Inc.: Selection of an Information Technology
CASE STUDY I-2
VoIP2.biz, Inc.: Deciding on the Next Steps for a VoIP Supplier
CASE STUDY I-3
The VoIP Adoption at Butler University
CASE STUDY I-4
Supporting Mobile Health Clinics: The Children’s Health Fund of New York City
CASE STUDY I-5…