Essay Analysis Of Tim O ' Brien 's ' The War Of The Vietnam War '

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A memorable line from If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O’Brien is “The war in Vietnam drifted in and out of human lives, taking them or sparing them like a headless, berserk taxi hack, without evident cause, a war fought for uncertain reasons.” (O’Brien, 138) The ending of this quote particularly reflects the views of Vietnam, which is the specific reason I found this quote memorable. I feel this way because people living during the Vietnam era didn’t see this as a crucial war to be apart of. Even looking back on it in our history classes, there was very little necessity to partake in the Vietnam War. I also believe that if O’Brien was to put this excerpt anywhere else in his book, its significance and effectiveness would still be the same. At the beginning of If I Die in a Combat Zone, Tim O’Brien had an open mind about the Vietnam War. Although he joined a riot group in college, so did everyone at the time. Occasionally, a reporter even “asked (them) about the case when a country fights a wrong war, (and they) just shrugged,” (O’Brien, 21) because they didn’t necessarily have opinions on it, they were just conforming to society. O’Brien and others just saw that there was evil in war solely because people were dying. “The facts were (also) clouded” (O’Brien, 18) about what America’s exact intentions were for being involved in fighting communism in Vietnam. However, now we know it was for economic conquest, but that still doesn’t explain why U.S. citizens had to go in and…

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