In the Lake of the Woods

In the Lake of the - In the Lake of the Woods In the distance all that can be heard are the cries of the orphaned children and wounded villagers

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In the Lake of the Woods In the distance, all that can be heard are the cries of the orphaned children and wounded villagers. Dead bodies bake in the hot sun while being consumed by a countless number of flies. From an onlooker, it could be said that the country had a pink mist arising from the dust. Rising from the earth was an unbearable stench of wickedness. The screams alone could emotionally damage a person’s mind for eternity. Terrible, unspeakable scenes occurred in the far-away land. It was unlike any other place, it was Vietnam. This is where John Wade fought his war in the novel In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien. In the novel In the Lake of the Woods , John Wade is a Vietnam War veteran that returns home and continually has emotional attachments with previous war episodes. His episodes are so real to him that in his reality he is actually there when they occur. According to Timothy Melley, “ In the Lake of the Woods is in some ways a book about the endlessness of trauma, the tendency of violence to perpetuate itself.” The novel explains the effects of the stresses of the Vietnam War on John Wade. Due
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENG 110 taught by Professor Davidson during the Spring '07 term at Wisc La Crosse.

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In the Lake of the - In the Lake of the Woods In the distance all that can be heard are the cries of the orphaned children and wounded villagers

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