On The Rainy River

On The Rainy River
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Tim O'Brien questions going to the Vietnam War after being drafted

Storyboard Text

  • Introduction
  • Conflict
  • I don't want to fight in this war.....
  • Rising Action
  • Hi! I'm Tim
  • Hello! I'm Elroy
  • Tim, 21 years old, smart, 2 Parents, likes Cherry Coke and Hamburgers
  • Climax
  • Tim is drafted in the Vietnam War He asks the readers if this was a civil war, a war of national liberalism? or simple aggression, who started it and why; what really happened to the USS Maddox?
  • Falling Action
  • I don't know if fighting in this war is a good idea....
  • Tim arriving at Tip Top Lodge, meeting Elroy Berdahl; a 81 year old man, skinny, shrunken, mostly bald, wearing a Flannel shirt and brown work pants. Green apple and pairing knife accommodate him wherever he goes.
  • Conclusion
  • gotta do what I gotta do...
  • 20 yards from Canada, Tim starts to ponder desertion and the consequences of doing so.
  • Should I leave for Canada?
  • Tim continues to question the emotional consequence of leaving America for Canada. Tim asks the readers what would you do? jump, feel pity for yourself, think about your family, childhood, dreams, all your leaving behind? Tim asks if it would hurt if it would feel like your dying, Would you cry as he did?
  • Tim decides to fight in the War at Vietnam. Tim goes to war. He would kill and maybe die - all from being afraid of the embarrassment
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