The Vietnam War By Tim O ' Brien Essay

1117 Words Apr 5th, 2015 null Page
Written by Tim O 'Brien, “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home,” is a nonfictional story of a soldier as he battles the physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional challenges that come with being on the frontline of war as an American soldier. With his personal account and presentation of events from a sensate perception, O 'Brien takes the readers through the pain and fear that many American soldiers went through as they fought during the Vietnam War. Its sheer rawness enables the readers to relive the emotive and physical pain of war without being without diluting it with perceptions. It is a book that stirs reflections into how wars, not only the Vietnam War, are fought by our men in uniform despite the fact the fact that book itself does not bear any semblance of being reflective. It sets the readers on a journey and allows them to form their own opinions about wars rather than telling the story from one perspective. The Vietnam War was one of the most tasking wars ever fought by the American soldiers in the 20th century. Many soldiers lost their lives and limbs as they were maimed not only by the enemies’ bullets but landmines. The task before the soldiers was difficult especially considering the rugged terrain they had to negotiate in a bid to save their lives, those of fellow soldiers and win the war. The physical demands of the war made victory almost impossible considered that the ‘enemy’ had well mastered the landscape . Fought…

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