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Novel; Coming of Age story; War Story. NOT an autobiography.
During the Vietnam War in the late 1960s in Vietnam; and in the late 1980s in Massachusetts.
Tim O'Brien (a fictional character with the same name as the author)
Again, O'Brien; struggling with his own feelings
Tragic reflection and sadness
Point of View
Shifts back and forth between first and third person
Mostly Past; with the exception of the passages told by O'Brien in present tense in Vietnam
Tim O'Brien and the other soldiers must cope with the harsh experience of war, both past and present
Tim O'Brien is drafted to U.S. Army in 1968. Despite reservations about the war, he commits to his obligation and reports to serve.
Upon his return from Vietnam, Tim must cope with his vivid memories by telling stories of his experience.
Returning to the field where Kiowa died.
The war ended, Tim wonders what might have been different had he not been in the war. He pays homage to his fellow soldiers and the ones who died.
Isolation; Language; Truth; Courage; Redemption
Symbols / Motifs / Imagery
The Lake, The Field, Mary Anne Belle, Linda, The man I killed.
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