An Oral Expose, On How Does War Create Peace In "The Things They Carried" By Tim O'brien

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How does war creates peace in "The Things They Carried"We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. ~Dwight D. EisenhowerThis what Eisenhower believes, this what the government believes, they believe that you have to shed blood to create peace. Everyone understands that there is no war for the sake of peace however there is war for the sake of power and greed. The government always starts to fight or begins any kind of conflict when problems start. War seems to be an easier problem solver than peace. However, how does the government makes his folk fight if war is a contradiction for freedom? The trick is that it says that the war for the sake of peace. In Tim O'Brien's book "The things they carried", which is written about the young soldiers drafted to Vietnam war, creates a peace within, he doesn't write only about the cruelty of war, he also write that they never felt more at peace. Tim O'Brien creates peace within his book or war by showing the particular story of Mary Anne, by using his style in describing that war wasn't only about killing, by showing that those soldiers only feel at peace during the war and by reaching death they also reached eternal peace.The best example of an individual that found peace during the war, during all those fights is Marry Anne. She came to Vietnam as a peaceful girl, she didn't have in mind to fight and she wasn't supposed to, she came to that place of hell for the sake of love for her boyfriend, so they wouldn't be apart anymore. It was evident that when she came there she was sending rays of innocence. "I swear to God, man, she's got on culottes. White culottes and this sexy pink sweater. There she is. ' " (O'Brien p.88) The first she met with everyone she is wearing white which symbolizes purity, she is completely pure and innocent when she arrives there. However as her story progresses and she gets more and more involved with the war and Vietnam itself, she changes. "At girl's throat was a necklace of human tongues. Elongated and narrow, like pieces of blackened leather, the tongues were threaded along a length of copper wire, one overlapping the next, the tips curled upwards if caught in a final horrified syllable." (O'Brien 103) Now Mary Anne is completely different from how she was in the beginning. The war has completely engulfed her, and the necklace of human tongues shows the loss of her innocence and purity. Also looking at the style O'Brien uses here, it different from what he used before in the chapter. First it was metafiction, the sentences were short however now, the sentence is long, a couple of lines even. He does that so he can emphasize the disgust and the shock that Mark Fossie had. However the girl is in peace and O'Brien states it clearly. "For a long while the girl gazed down at Fossie, almost blankly, and in the candlelight her face had the composure of someone perfectly at peace with herself" (O'Brien 103) She has found peace in Vietnam during one of the most cruel...

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