Tim O'brien Essay

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Tim O’Brien is an accredited writer who writes mostly about war. Although, I can conclude that Tim O’ Brien is different from other war writers because he brings war stories to life. O’ Brien does not explain the strategies of the war, he describes the guys that he fought amongst in the war. His novel, “The Things They Carried” is an emotional retelling of the Vietnam War. He allows readers to experience the thoughts, feelings, and conflicts of the characters throughout the book. By allowing readers to experience the character’s moods, readers are able to relate to the characters through their own memories, thoughts, and feelings. I related to many of his stories, especially, “On A Rainy ...view middle of the document...

School became a struggle for me, and I was not positive that I would be back to school for my senior year. The whole summer I tried not to worry about my decision of whether I would go back to school or not, but I knew I had to make a decision soon. It was late August, about a week before senior year, and I went fishing with my dad. As I sat there by the water, I thought about my future. I was upset that the injury I had could potentially stop me from my dreams. I dreamed of studying math education and maybe, one day going to law school. I just sat there thinking about my life. All the anxiety building up as I thought about how I got to this point in my life. As my dad and I were packing up our fishing gear, I told him that I wanted to go back to school. I knew it would be a struggle for me and difficult, but I did not want the injury to prevent me from accomplishing my goals. In many ways, my dad is equivalent to Tim O’Brien’s Elroy Berdahl. My dad saved my life, and I am more thankful for that fishing trip than any other fishing trip that I have ever experienced.
In the short story, “Stockings”, Henry Dobbins wears his girlfriend’s pantyhose around his neck as good luck. He believes that his girlfriend’s pantyhose protect him from the enemy. Henry Dobbins became faced with tough situations in war, but he was never injured. Some of the guys seemed to think that he was invincible. Of course, dobbins believed the reason that he never faced an injury was because of his girlfriend’s pantyhose. The troop that Henry Dobbins fought in the war with began to think that the pantyhose did have a protective effect. As I read the short story, “Stockings”, I immediately thought of my uncle Mike who fought in the Vietnam War. My Uncle Mike’s nickname in the war was the cat. The guys in his troop called him the cat because they thought that he had nine lives. My uncle received this nickname because of his luck in the field and, as he says, because of his old bush hat. My uncle wore an old bush hat while he would go on missions, and he always came back safe. Besides a sore shoulder from being kicked out of a helicopter, my Uncle Mike never received a serious injury while in Vietnam. My uncle Mike wore that hat while out in the open during a firefight, while carrying a wounded guy up a hill and being shot at, and when he almost hit a tripwire. The guys in his troop were amazed by his luck and would jokingly tell him that they needed to start to wear a hat while out in the field. Out of the 125 guys in my Uncles troop, three...

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