On The Rainy River By Tim O ' Brien Essay

1734 Words Jun 6th, 2016 null Page
Happiness, expressed in an everyday sense, is a mental or a psychological state of being sound and well defined by positive energy or joy. One may feel happy in a different manner, and due to a different reason than another. For example, one may be happy to win a million dollar lottery, whereas another may be happy to just to be alive. It is subjective when it comes to interpreting happiness as it differs with every individual. As a matter of fact, happiness compels an individual to embrace their passion and do what they truly believe in. However, sometimes while on the path of pursuing happiness, one may be forced to compromise and go against what he or she wants or believes in. This idea of compromising happiness has been depicted by Tim O’Brien in the short story On the Rainy River. In the story, he develops the idea that when an individual is in a position where they have to compromise their contentment, they often tend to do so by conforming to the needs of others and sometimes looking for alternative paths which results in giving up on their own personal desire and going against what they value and believe.

When an individual is in a situation where their happiness is compromised, they try to look for alternative ways which will temporarily hide the cause. This has been clearly demonstrated by Tim. He was drafted to fight the war in the military but he had no interest or the courage to do so which he stated through “I was no soldier”. He feels that he doesn’t possess…

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