On the Rainy River

On the Rainy River
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  • Exposition
  • I've been drafted into a war I hate!
  • I can't go to war, The sight of blood makes me sick, and I don't know a rifle from a sling shot!
  • Conflict
  • Canada is only a few hundred mile north.. Maybe I should make a break for it...
  • Rising Action
  • It is June 1968 in Minnesota United States. Tim O'Brien, 21 years of age and a graduate from Macalester College. Gets a notice in the mail stating that he is being drafted into the US Army.
  • Climax
  • Tim O'Brien is not cut out for the US Army. He hates camping and the out doors and does not wish to go to war. He has taken a firm stance against the conflict. As well he cannot stand the sight of blood and does not like authority.
  • Falling Action
  • The choice was right in front of me and all I could do was cry. Canada is just a fantasy. What would my family think of me. All I could hear in my head was my family and friends yelling "Traitor" or "Turncoat".
  • Tim O'Brien decides at that moment that the best thing to do is to get away from it all. Maybe escaping to Canada is the best option for him in this situation. He gets in his car and drives, eventually ending up at Tip Top Lodge where he meets Elroy Berdahl.
  • Resolution
  • Still conflicted on what to do, stay and accept the draft or leave everything behind. Elroy takes him on a fishing trip on the Rainy River. Not paying attention he does not realize that Elroy has moved the boat less then 20 yards from the boarder of Canada and he is faced with the decision on if he is going to stay or go.
  • Sitting in the boat, he begins to cry. Trying to make a choice on if he can leave his life behind, standing up for what he believes in, but in the same turn leaving his family, friends and life he has in the United States or turn back, and accept the draft order, being able to stay with his family and friends but also not standing up for what he believes in.
  • Choosing to stay in the United States he heads back to the lodge, still dwelling on his choice. He was too embarrassed not to serve his country when he was called to duty. He packs his things and gets ready for the drive back home. Leaving $200 for Elroy who is not there.
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