Analysis Of Bao Ninh's The Sorrow Of War

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In the novel The Sorrow of War, by Bao Ninh, it explores the internal struggle of a veteran; he had fought in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The main character of the novel, Kien, participated in the war on the day that it broke out and resigned on the day that it ended. He survives through the nineteen years of intense violence in the warfare. Not only did he fight in the Vietnam War, but also he was fighting in the front lines throughout the war, which decrease his chance of surviving enormously. Some might argue that Kien acquires a special survival skill that allows him to survive the war, but I believe it is his role that enables him to survive. Bao Ninh designated Kien 's role as a psychopomp in his novel, which made Kien a …show more content…
Bao Ninh is an author, which can be associated as an artist. His novel, The Sorrow of War, was a ban book in communist Vietnam because he was expressing his opinion about communism and the Vietnam War in his own novel. Many of his opinions either show the negative side of the war or show the flaws of communism, and most of his viewpoints are integrated into his novel. He wants the reader to know the restriction that he has as an author in the communist …show more content…
Furthermore, man generally ignores women’s voices, so it is difficult to learn their true thought. One of Kien comrade was named Hoa, she is a teenager girl who joins the northern army and involves herself to the war directly. During an event, she sacrifices herself for the safety of Kien and other wounded soldiers. Before the American soldiers capture her, she tells Kien "I 'm afraid to be alone…I want to be with you, Kien" (188). This is the last word she ever exchanges with Kien. The novel never actually reveals that she is dead or alive after the event, but she is definitely worst than dead when she is getting defiled by the American soldiers. From her last word, the reader can learn how a woman is in need of men when they feel unsafe. Bao Ninh wants Hoa 's last words to represent women perspective in Vietnam during the war era. During the Vietnam War, most men participate in the war and leave their girlfriend or wife behind to be exposed to danger. At a time like war, women want their love one to be close by in order to protect them from danger and supporting each other. Even though most women never show that they need men to protect them, but on the inside, they feel unsafe and wants their love one to protect them. However, men can 't protect their love one, because men were forced to the war and die on the battlefield. Kien as a psychopomp learns Hoa last word of

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