The Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien, and The Art of Story Telling. You Will Take Notes or You Will End up Like Curt Lemon…. Brief Summary of Vietnam. Before WWII started, the area known as Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) was a property of the French. During WWI the Japanese took it over as
You Will Take Notes or You Will End up Like Curt Lemon…
Japanese took it over as
a strategic move against
United States which shipped in
weapons and supplies.
became a democratic
Learning from these defeats, the Viet Cong seldom again engaged American forces in conventional, pitched battles preferring instead to resort to hit and run attacks and ambushes. Over the next three years, American forces focused on searching and destroying Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units operating in the south….
Nah, Tupac aint down there…
This led to…
I wasn’t there…
How can war change a man?
Are you the same person after the war?
How can a “normal” man accept and fight under the conditions of war?
How were they treated by the country during and after the war? (“Baby Killers” and Peace Protests)
-Full of interesting characters
-Full of factual information
-Mixed with memory
The character’s “hump” or carry a variety of weapons, ammunition, supplies, and medicine as well as their emotional and spiritual weight. They carry the weight of missing their families as well as the weight of responsibility and expectations.
This is symbolized when he gives the weight of each item and also the emotional attachment.
FOR EXAMPLE: Kiowa’s bible has a physical weight, yet it also carries with it a special significance as it was a gift from his father. It’s emotional weight is tied to both spirituality and his relationship with his family back home.
As you carefully work your way through the novel be sure to note the emotional attachment each man attaches to physical items
Also, note how affectionately O’Brien refers to the LAND of Vietnam himself. He is careful to mention that the men carry the soil and bugs and foliage and river water and animals of Vietnam as they wander through the country.