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Unformatted text preview: We see Tim gradually understanding Canada as a physical escape from the war, but not as a getaway from himself. Tim heads north for Canada on a somewhat rebellious journey. . .as if this resort was really a stop for every confused young man passing through, searching for answers. Elroys silence gave Tim enough space to really breathe in the situation and rethink the decision of hiding from the war. The simple river that separated Canada from Minnesota was the river that separated Tims possibilities. OBrien uses the meatpacking plant as his battleground. Conclusion: Throughout the story, OBriens conscience has pulled him in two different directions. He shows that decisions are not always as simple as they were when we were children. As a child, you decide who and what you will play with. As a teenager, you have to decide id you really want to drink that first beer or break curfew. But, for Tim, the choice is life or death, hero or coward....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course RDG 091 taught by Professor Chaloka during the Spring '09 term at Moraine Valley Community College.
- Spring '09