Tim OBrien was drafted to the Vietnam War. He didnt want to go
to the war. So he went to the northern woods in the northern Minnesota.
He had to make a choice whether to go to the war or not to go to the war.
After spending six days with guy Elroy he decides to go. Tim OBrien went
to the war for the wrong reasons.
He didnt even think that there should be a war. He saw no reason at
all why they should be fighting. He says I was drafted to a war I hated… I
was politically naive, but even so the American war in Vietnam seemed to
me wrong. Certain blood shed for uncertain reason. He hated this war and
had so many questions about it. he says It was my view then, and still is
that you dont make a war without knowing why. he didnt believe in it
and didnt know why we were fighting so why should he go to a war.
He didnt want to go to war. He wasnt made for war. He even says ,
I was no solider. I hated dirt and tents and mosquitoes. The sight of blood
made me queasy……. Now come on he didnt even like anything to do with
outdoors what good would he even do for our country. He minds well stay
home and go to school.
He was too young and had too much to lose. He even got a
to a good school. … I had the world dicked – Phi Beta Kappa and Summa
Cum Laude and president of the student body and a full ride scholarship for
grad studies at Harvard. It must have been a mistake cause I was too
young. a month after graduating from Macalester college. I was drafted to
fight a war I hated. I was twenty-one years old, young, yes. Way too young
to go to war.
He was too embarrassed not to go. He was afraid to be laughed out of
town. … and it was easy to imagine people sitting around a table down at
the old Gobbler Cafe on Mainstreet, coffee cups poised, the conversation
slowly zeroing in on the young OBrien kid, how the damned sissy had
taken off for Cananda. Now think about those reasons arent very good for
going to fight for our country. Here he says it again. I did not want people
to think badly of me. Not my parents, not my brother and sister… I was
ashamed of my conscience ashamed to be doing the right thing . Even he
knew what he was doing was wrong, cause of his reasons for going.
Well he shouldve just protested the stupid war. If he didnt believe
it then he shouldnt have. Just because he didnt want to be laughed at.
He didnt believe in it so why should he go. He would have been less of a
coward if he wouldve ran to Canada. He shouldve want to the war for