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Ambiguity in In the Lake of the Woods We all perform vanishing tricks effacing history locking up our lives and slipping day by day into the shadows 301 Reality is relative to the observer beings so history is what one makes it The main character in In the Lake of the Woods is a man named John Wade the reader knows he is a lawyer a politician and a Vietnam War vet He and his wife Kathy are vacationing in a cabin by a lake to get over a terrible loss in an election after some information about his past in the war surfaced Some how his wife disappears Later Wade runs away having nothing to stay around for his wife mysteriously vanishes he is suspected for murder and his political career is over The book is written to look as a documentary of these events containing chapters of history evidence and hypothesizes about Kathys whereabouts Also the book has no ending attempting to mimic life there is no neat and sugary The End All this is a ploy to make this fictitious novel more real and convincing in order to show that facts are only lies that one believes or that nothing is a fact Throughout In the Lake of the Woods Tim OBrien is making that point by including information on the Vietnam War including the authors comments and Wades behavior Tim OBrien incorporates certain things about the war that prove his case that facts depend on the observer In a war commands are often delayed ignored or not delivered at all causing massive problems and result in mistakes The Vietnam War is no different from any other In this book we are given the example of the My Lai Massacre On March 16 1968 Charlie Company 11th Brigade was given orders by Lt William Calley to destroy the village of My Lai Calley believed the people of
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