To Go Or Not To Go

1152 words - 5 pages

To Go or Not To Go

The Vietnam War was a very confrontational issue amongst numerous Americans during the 1960’s and 70’s. Many young Americans did not agree with fighting in the Vietnam War. In the essay “On the Rainy River,” by Tim O’Brien explains the struggle of a 21 year old American man who has been drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. The essay proposes the narrators predicament of not wanting to go to war and displays his reasons why. The narrator states that “American war in Vietnam seemed to [him as being] wrong [and he] saw no unity of purpose” (40). One main reason that the narrator and many Americans did not see any importance of the Vietnam War is because know one had a clear understanding of the reasons why the United States of America was fighting it. O’Brien creates a strong argument of why the 21 year old man does not want to go to war because of its strongly supported use of values and emotions, credibility, and logical reasoning.

In the story “On the Rainy River,” emotions contribute to the strength of this argument. O’Brien rouses the audience by using descriptive emotional examples. The narrator describes the impact of opening the draft letter: scanning the first few lines, feeling the blood go thick behind my eyes. I remember a sound in my head. It wasn’t thinking, just a silent howl. (41)

Reading his emotional feelings during the event taken place, the audience is affected by the narrator’s problem. In addition, after the first impact of shock the narrator becomes defensive by stating that he is “too good for this war […] too smart, too compassionate, too everything” (41). Emotions rapidly running through his head, the narrator expresses his defensive opinions about being drafted. The narrator is emotionally sick about being drafted that he explains that he would “sometimes borrow [his] father’s car and drive aimlessly around town, feeling sorry for [himself], thinking about the war and the pig factory and how [his] life seemed to be collapsing toward slaughter” (43). Descriptions of his feelings grab the reader emotionally and allow the audience to further understand his reasoning towards not wanting to go to war. The use of emotion contributes to making his argument solid.

The narrator’s values play a major role in causing this argument to be strong. O’Brien displays the narrator’s values as being an obstacle to his decision. Contemplating his options of dodging the draft, the narrator explains that he “feared ridicule and censure,” from friends and family (45). The narrator’s confusion in making a decision is because he fears defying his values:

My conscience told me to run, but some irrational and powerful for was resisting, like weight pushing me toward the war. What it came down to, stupidly, was a sense of shame. Hot, stupid shame. I did not want people to think badly of me. Not my parents, not my brother and sister, not even the folks...

Find Another Essay On To Go or Not To Go

Argumentative Essay: Women Should Not Be Allowed To Go Topless In Public

806 words - 3 pages beaches and in other public areas? The answer is strictly no, women should not be allowed to go topless anywhere outside of their own home.      One of the many reasons why I believe that women should not be allowed to go topless is with respect to the safety of women. Men and boys have, in recent years, been using short, tight, skirts and shirts as an excuse for rape or date rape. Men have said that the girl was wearing a tight shirt and

Why the U.S. should not go to war with Iraq, and Bush's hidden agenda

1739 words - 7 pages saying, "Although Saddam probably does not yet have weapons or sufficient material to make any, he remains intent on acquiring them (Scheer par. 3). So if Bush's emphasis is on intent, not capability, there are dozens nations that the statement could be applied to, many of them run by dictators as malicious as Hussein, but they are not targets of Bush's wrath. Also, if Iraq were not to allow additional inspections, the CIA report makes clear that air

Compare the three speeches (The Gettysburg Address, St Crispin's Day Speech, We Go To Liberate Not To Conquer)

1974 words - 8 pages of freedom, so that the death did not die in vain, '...for those who died here that the nation might live.' The second one is trying to tell that this civil war is a test of the Union endurance, and if they manage to go through this crisis together, the nation would turn out to be better than before, '...testing whether that nation or any nation ... can long endure.' And thirdly, he tried to persuade his audience to preserve the idea that

Go Green or Go To Jail

1641 words - 7 pages their arrestees as well as others outside the Caucasian race. Due to the commercials lack of gender and racial deviation, it prompted me to believe this was done intentionally. The lack of diversity was probably done so that there would not be any racial or sexual innuendos distracting from the main purpose of the advertisement. The Green Police for Audi advertisement was done so in an ethical manner. The commercial not only brings awareness to

"Do not go Gentle" by Dylan Thomas

599 words - 2 pages each of the principal words in line 1 are paired with their opposites in line 3. For example, in line one, one of the key words is 'gentle,' opposite to the word 'rage' in line 3. Similarly, in line one, the words 'good' and 'dying' are paired together, along with the words 'night' and 'day.' The poem lucratively uses deliberate repetition. Sentences such as "Rage, rage against the dying of the night" and "Do not go gentle into that good night

The Go-Between by L.P.Hartley - "It did not occur to me that they had treated me badly" - What Sympathy do you have for Leo?

2316 words - 9 pages Leo has become reclusive and distant from society is made extremely apparent not only in the narration, but the tone of narration and the manner of the speaker. The tone of the prologue proves to be very melancholy and wistful to the extent that the reader gets the feeling that Leo wishes he could go back in time in hope of changing the events which caused him to become how he is now, "had it not been for the diary, or what the diary stood for

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight by Dylan Thomas

945 words - 4 pages Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight by Dylan Thomas Touching humans the most is the acceptance of unstoppable death. We all know that death will be our fate some day, but how we accept or how we deal with it is left to each individual. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," written by Dylan Thomas, emphasizes raging against death towards his dying father as he repeats this exhortation in the last line in every stanza. Imagery, sound

Do not go gentle into that good night

629 words - 3 pages struggle. It reminds readers that many have done this before them and in all gives them hope, even while pushing them to "not go gentle into that good night". At the same time, the poem highlights the value of life and acts as a reminder to cherish it, even before the time of our death nears.

Tension in Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

677 words - 3 pages Tension in Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good  Night   Dylan Thomas’s poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good  Night", is an urgent plea from Thomas to his dying father, and all men not to give in to death.  Thomas uses himself as the speaker to the make the poem more personal.  The message of the poem is very inspirational.  Throughout the poem, Thomas uses different imagery and language to illustrate the tension between

Sonnet and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night

2802 words - 11 pages Sonnet and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night how how the writer uses the form of poetry to protest against a situation or an attitude and reveal how successful you think he or she is. Sonnet & Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Sonnet by John Donne and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas are two poems about death that seem to convey very different messages. These poems are obviously written by two men with

It can be argued that Australia is not an egalitarian society because of the fact that it does not provide a fair go to everyone. This essay talks about inequality in Australia

578 words - 2 pages It can be argued that Australia is not an egalitarian society because of the fact that it does not provide a fair go to everyone. The famous fair go idea is nothing but your average democracies responsibilities and this does not even apply to all. Examples of inequality and injustice are shown in Australia's past to non Anglo Saxon citizens, towards asylum seekers and homosexuals.The White Australian policy is a reflection of how the Australian

Similar Essays

Higher Education: To Go Or Not To Go?

1314 words - 5 pages accept that fact. As Karen Datko of MSN writes, “not everyone is suited for college,” (Datko). The first myth that must be debunked is the assumption that everyone is college material. Let's go back to my friend David. He is in between two very intelligent siblings, both of whom are hard workers and find success in school. Although David is equally intelligent, he never cared about school or paid attention in class. He even nearly dropped

Why Everyone Does Not Need To Go To College

528 words - 2 pages Why everyone does not need to go to collegeAlmost all students have heard this from there parents or elders through the years, "if you ever want to make anything of yourself when you get older you have to graduate college and get your degree." Although these parents and elders are only trying to give us the best and open the most doors for us this statement is not always true. There are many ways out there in this world to make something of

Why Did Britain Not Go To War In March 1938?

1982 words - 8 pages Why did Britain not go to war in March 1938Many historians have traced the causes of World War II to problems left unsolved by World War I (1914-1918). World War I and the treaties that ended it also created new political and economic problems. Forceful leaders in several countries took advantage of these problems to seize power. The desire of dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan to conquer additional territory brought them into conflict with

Abstinence Only Is Not The Way To Go

1056 words - 5 pages , programs need to focus on all the facts, not just parts. Without full knowledge of sexual behavior, teens could face health related risks when becoming active. For teenagers who had once pledged their virginity until marriage, a study found that over 60% had broken their vows. Those who broke their vows were also less likely to use contraception or know their STI status (Alford, 2007, par. 15). By not providing sufficient information to those who