Analysis Of Tim O ' Brien 's ' The Things They Carried ' Essay

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Compassion
In Tim O’Brien’s, “The Things They Carried”, he introduces his extremely personal story to his readers “On the Rainy River” that he supposedly has never told anyone. With this chapter he is faced with a huge life-changing crisis, he had been drafted to serve in the United States Army to fight in the Vietnam War. O’Brien felt trapped, he was completely opposed to this forced command but there was no way out. He couldn’t even fathom why he would have to risk his life for a war that he strongly did not even believe in. In this unpredictable world, can compassion and cruelty live side by side? O’Brien was utterly lost and he ran. This is where he met Elroy Berdahl. Where the harsh realities of the world confer with unpredictable events, one can find compassion embedded in a single being or a relationship, especially like his relationship with the old man he met while trying to run away.
After he found out about the draft notice he spent his summer working at a meatpacking factory waiting for what he thought was his death sentence, O’Brien was just suffocating. He was feeling so many emotions, fear being one of the most prevalent ones, and just watched every second go by painfully, as each second was closer to him going to the Army. While O’Brien was going through this “moral emergency”, he couldn’t express his true thoughts about this without being judged and felt so alone. That is when he made his final decision to run away to Canada. He packed his bags and left an…

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