Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Exploration 5

1.The story that has meant the most to me so far has been "On The Smoky River." I feel this story has been the most down to earth and the one i found myself flying through. This story showed how human O'Brien is and that we can all relate in every way."I was drafted to fight a war i hated. i was twenty-one years old. Young, yes and politically naive, but even so the american war in vietnam seemed to me wrong." O'Brien writes in a way as if we are his conscious and nothing is off limits and that's incredible.
2.The character i relate to most is Tim. between Tim's intellect and emotion he shows i feel an incredible connection. The way he thinks shows me how true of a person he is. Without Tim this whole story wouldn't be possible so i also appreciate him for that.
3. I would like to point out the section where Tim says people want answers. Tim then tells a story about a group of men and one covers a grenade to save them all but then he claims what if it turned out to be a killer grenade and everybody dies anyway. "Before they die, though, one of the guys says, "The fuck you do that for?" and the jumper says "Story of my life, man," . this story just gave me complete depth and an incredible analysis for the whole story. 
4. "The way she quickly fell into habits of the bush. No cosmetics, no fingernail filing. She stopped wearing jewelry, cut her hair short and wrapped it in a dark green bandana." This comes from the chapter Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong. Reading this i quickly fell into a state of mind as the war did nothing but conform this sweet girl and turn her into another soldier. The war took away this girl's life almost and she fell into another statistic. This was incredibly sad to me especially with the finishing of the chapter.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with you on your #4. I think that she did just turn into another soldier, and the war conformed her in a negative manner. She was very young and had everything going for her and her curiosity led her to become a foot soldier.


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