Lesson 7 Discussion Rainy River.docx - How does O'Brien...

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How does O'Brien feel about the war in Vietnam? Why does O'Brien go to the rainy river? What various factors does O'Brien take into account when deciding whether to go to Canada or not? Why ultimately, does he decide not to escape to Canada? What is O'Brien trying to communicate when he writes: What does this reading reveal about the polarization of society during the war? The war in Vietnam was an atrocity, an unwarranted battle, with a vague and undefined purpose according to O’Brien. He was petrified and disordered by the draft notice. O’Brien felt that going to war (for him) was a mistake and he likely did not fit the bill of what a “soldier” was; furthermore, he was being recruited into a war he could not make sense of and detested. To escape the draft O’Brien travels up to the Rainy River and flee into Canada. After realizing academic deferment, medical debarments, and other tangible reasons to prohibit him from being

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