The American War in Vietnam seemed to me wrong. Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reason. I saw no unity of purpose, no consensus on matters of philosophy or history or law. the very facts were shrouded in uncertainty: Was it a civil war? A war of national liberation or simply aggression?
What did the letter say
Through out Tim's study's at college he was heavily against the war in Vietnam. A month out of college, Tim O'Brian receives a draft letter.
Twenty Yards. I could've done it. I could've jumped and started swimming for my life. Inside me, in my chest, I felt a terrible squeezing pressure.
Judgement and guilt surrounding his decision to avoid the war. Man vs self and Man vs society.
The end is near
Tim is running away from society, trying to escape the war he hates. Tim drove North until, at noon he found Tip Top Lodge where he stayed for 6 days.
And right then I submitted. I would go to war- I would kill and maybe die- because I was embarrassed not to.
Tim O'Brien deciding whether to leave to Canada or face his fears.
Tim O'Brian heading back home to accept the draft to the war he didn't believe in .
Tim O'Brian goes to war a "coward" and survives, then returns home.