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What is the role of shame and fear in the lives of the soldiers Does it drive them to acts of heroism or stupidity Or both What is the relationship between shame and courage Plan -Soldiers fear being ashamed it gives them courage -Fine line between heroic and stupid - The week he spent with Elroy Beerdal fear of shame courage The roles of shame and fear play a large part in the soldiers lives If it wasnt for the fact that the soldiers were so afraid of being ashamed they may have never performed some of the courageous acts they did Theyre fears of how others perceived them and how they did not want to be looked upon as cowards drove them to acts of heroism and stupidity At the beginning of the book OBrien is faced with a difficult question should he go to war and possibly face death or burn his draft card and hide out in Canada OBrien packs his bags and prepares to hide out He stays with an old man in Minnesota across the river from Canada many times he contemplates stealing a boat and paddling across however he doesnt One day the old man takes him fishing in Canada he has the choice to jump out of the boat and swim away or go back and go to war he goes to war OBrien says he was not brave for going to war he was a coward for not dodging the draft The day when Elroy brings him out on the boat OBrien know what he should do but then he thinks of his friends his family and all the men dying for theyre country He thinks about what they would think about him he knows that they would think he is a coward and he is afraid of that He would rather die at war and be viewed as a hero
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