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Summary of Symbolism Presented by VietnamWar In reading Philip Caputos book A Rumor of War I discovered that he strongly presented a similar idea to that of Tim OBrien in his book The Things They Carried This is the idea that war can not bring or cause good it only produces varying amounts of evil Philip Caputo volunteered for the Marines because he was looking for a way to prove himself and he saw the Marines as an honorable way to do so He also originally saw the war as glorious However after he became a lieutenant he soon found out that war is not as glorious as it is made to seem He found himself fighting in the war not for the defense of his ideals or morals but rather for his reputation or as he puts it I was ready to die for considerably less than medals for a few favorable remarks in a fitness report Words 35 Tim OBrien shares this feeling that war brings about only varying amounts of evil He shows this in his book through his vignettes about the brutality of war and his lack of vignettes about heroism In fact he believes that heroism cannot exist in war because no good can come from war In this piece that I created VietnamWar I drew mainly on the work of Philip Caputo as the basis for the imagery He describes a scene from an officers club Murph McCloy and I were on the terrace of the Officers Club drinking beer and admiring the view The club stood atop a high hill and the scene below was straight out of South Pacific lacking only a lovesick Ezio Pinza singing to Mary Martin A turquoise lagoon shimmered in the sun mahogany-skinned fishermen paddled skiffs across its still surface and beyond the barrier reef the bright
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