Summary Of On The Rainy River 'By Tim O' Brien

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In our daily lives, we are filling ourselves up every second, because no one is born perfect. In the story “On the Rainy River” written by Tim O’Brien, it is about a collage boy struggled between taking his responsibility or avoid his responsibility. Through out the whole story, the author developed the way in which the narrator was struggled and restored his honour and certainty. At the beginning of the story, the narrator was a regular collage student. Even though he was in a club that was against wars, but he only stayed in theory and had no experiences about any of them. So when he received the draft to require him to join the army and fight in Vietnam War, he was lost, he couldn’t figure out what he should do. In that summer, he worked in a meatpacking store. Even thought it was not a war field, but it was similar to it—bloody with dead bodies everywhere everyday. He felt exhausted and sick living in this kind of environment and he thought he was too good to be a soldier, he said “certain blood was shredded for uncertain reason.” He wanted to take some time off. How ever, he felt ashamed to tell his parents that he wanted to…show more content…
He cried on the boat, felt embarrassed, guilty, and pressed. He felt sad because “Canada had become a pitiful fantasy” and he would not do what he should do. He would stay with his hometown, his country, his life. He realized that it is his fate to fight in Vietnam War, he didn’t want to lose the respect from his parents and friends; there is no way he can ignore that. Finally, he chose to go to the war, he said “I would go to the war—I would kill and maybe die—because I was embarrassed not to.” His conscience took over his intellect; he chose to fight, to take over his duty. Maybe he would lose his life because of this, but he wanted to complete his honour and

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