On The Rain River By Tim O´Brien

1695 words - 7 pages

The best thing anyone can do for themselves as well as others is to take a stand for what they believe in. Human beings have the amazing gift of being able to make actions and change out of mere word and thought. Time and time again this gift is either suppressed or ignored in favor of silence and the promise of normalcy. To not utilize this ability is the greatest of personal injustices.

In the short story, “On the Rainy River”, the main character and later to be author of the story, Tim O’Brien, is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. However, it’s more than just being drafted to fight in a war, he’s also being drafted to fight for a cause he does not understand nor does he believe in. Understandably, his reaction is angry, anxious, and afraid, all emotions he was raised to believe were weak and shameful in his situation. He kept his feelings locked behind clenched teeth, until they inevitably cracked under the pressure, unleashing a flood of emotions he kept locked away for fear of the disdain such emotions would warrant amongst his friends and family. O'Brien, in an attempt to keep his head above water fled the situation literally but not metaphorically. His worries and guilt followed him wherever he ran. Guilt and shame get heavier the longer you hold them, like a glass of water, if one was to stretch out their arm straight and hold a full glass of water they would hardly think it heavy. However as time progresses and the holders body tires the water will remain the same and will feel heavier. The guilt O'Brien adorned at the beginning of the story is the same he took with him to war, it was he who weakened and submitted, not the ever constant draft growing stronger. Having been degraded into consenting by his own fear of shame O'Brien fled again, this time however, he fled to war, despite him very well knowing that he believed the war to be wrong, thus he found himself years down the road once agin regretting his decisions, regretting not taking the harder path and leaving himself intact but instead being bullied into a fight that left a bruise on his bones for the rest of his life.

There once was a student, a classmate, teammate, a friend, who when her name is mentioned the entirety of her fellow High School Student body's hands tremble and their stomachs tie themselves upside down. Her name is Linda and not a lot of people knew her, but they all knew of her. Knew that the moment she left the school's front doors she had to go to a house that was never a home. As her classmates they all knew this, rumors spread fast in such a small town. Gossiping as if she were no more than a sitcom actress that didn't actually have to live the life she portrayed as if she was there only for others to use as a topic at lunch. Simply because she was more tough to get know and more guarded and defensive everyone assumed that she just must not care about the rumors, and maybe she didn't, but that's her choice to make. So, this continued surreally, with...

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