Tim's inner conflict with himself and conflict with society
NO WAR Heck no we won't go
I can't believe I"ve been drafted
Oh Tim that's terrible news, what will you do?
This boy seems upset and confused
Hi, I'm Elroy and your welcome to stay
Hi I'm Tim Thank you
In University Tim Blake would passively protest the Vietnam War. It was a war he could not understand or get behind. He never dreamed that he would get drafted and have to go kill or be killed.
I`m not brave enough to go through with it, I have to go back and go to Vietnam, I`m so ashamed
That fateful day has arrived and Tim gets his draft notice. He is confused and conflicted, he doesn't want to go to a war that he does not agree with but he also does not want to bring shame to his family, friends and his community. Man vs Society
I wonder where Elroy is? Probably long gone. I'm going to clean this place then go home and off to war.
Having no real plan or idea what he was doing he drove north, as far north as he could. He found a hunting camp with some run down cabins and a caretaker Named Elroy. 81 year old Elroy could tell that Tim was upset and just let him be. Tim spent 6 days at the cabin helping Elroy close up for the summer contemplating his dilemma.
I need to tell you that I almost ran to Canada and became a draft dodger 20 years ago. I've been so ashamed I wasn't brave enough
I'm so glad you didn't and that you came back. You survived and we never would have met and been so happy
On the sixth day Elroy took him fishing. He parked the boat 20 meters from the Canadian border. Tim could just jump in and swim the 20 meters and wanted to so bad, he started to cry and Elroy didn't look or talk to him. Right at this point Tim knew what he had to do. He would go home and get ready to go to war. He was ashamed and thought of himself as a coward because he didn't run.
The next morning Tim awoke to find Elroy had left. He cleaned up the breakfast dishes and packed up his stuff for the drive home. He was going to war, to kill or get killed. He would not bring shame to his family or his small town community.
Tim went to war and was one of the lucky ones that could go home after it was over. He survived and lived with his guilt for 20 years. In the end it all worked out for Tim and his family