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War Influence In Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong By Tim O’brien

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In the story “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” by Tim O’Brien, the story is taking place during the beginning of the Vietnam war in the Quảng Ngãi Province of Tra Bong in Vietnam. We are introduced to Mark Fossie,a member of the medical corps that are stationed in Cui Lai or also known as Danang. War time is hard on everyone, and it can have a hard impact on the soldiers that are stationed in the various places. This story explains the fact that war can be a terrible and feared place to be by showing us an example of what happens with Mary Anne and Mark Fossie.

Mark Fossie;an American, is just a boy when he was deployed to Vietnam to serve in the medical corps. The medical corps never ...view middle of the document...

Mary Anne was slowly changing though. Mark started seeing her without jewelry and she soon was helping the medical corps with the messy cases that they would get. She also shot a gun for the first time! Curiosity was getting the better of Mary Anne and she wanted to go into town one day to explore the life and culture.Going into town was very dangerous because the VC (Viet Cong) controlled the town. However, she kept asking Mark to go and finally he reluctantly agreed to let her go. He would do anything to make her happy. She walked right through the entire town without one single hint of fear. She gradually stopped visiting the barracks at night to sleep with Mark. Mark was confused, he thought that she had been sleeping with other men, and Rat wanted to help him find out for sure. “But I can’t….If she’s there, I mean, if she’s with somebody.”(217) It had become much worse than that. They found out that she had not been sleeping with other men, she had been “laying down” (218) in their terms. Another way of saying it is that she had gone on a late night ambush. She hadn't told anyone that she was going, she just went with the Green Berets(Greenies) and came back at sunrise the next morning looking completely exhausted. Mark Fossie wanted to talk to her but she did not want to and went inside the barracks. Eventually Mark was able to get Mary to talk and they talked for a while. When Mark came back outside where the others were talking he announced that he and Mary Anne were now engaged. Mark was becoming increasingly scared for Mary Anne’s stability and for her safety.

Mark Fossie wanted to send Mary Anne home and had made plans to do so. Soon Mary Anne became gloomy and would not talk to anyone. She had fallen in love with the landscape. The...

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