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A million things all at once-I was too good for this war 42 On the Rainy River War is never a joyous occasion for anyone let alone the guy who gets the draft notice during the Vietnam War In Tim OBriens The Things They Carried he brings to the surface a central question about war The why me question is the question that has no fair answer to why do I have to go fight and he doesnt OBrien answers this question in his best way possible in the novel using his own personal experience and his details of storytellingThe question is first raised by the character that OBrien creates as himself in the chapter On the Rainy River This chapter focus directly on the issue of why me when OBrien first received the draft notice The way OBrien describes the emotion for himself as he opens the letter makes the reader feel as they are the ones receiving the letter I remember opening up the letter scanning the first few lines feeling the blood go thick behind my eyes 42 On the Rainy River Since OBrien has the first hand experience of this actual moment he is able to use the first-person point of view to help the reader understand what He is going through as a character and a human being The diction that OBrien uses immediately hurls the question of why me out at you The question soon becomes as big as a billboard with the further description of OBriens character how he is president of the student body receiving a full ride to Harvard for Grad school and the list goes on The question and how the soldier in this case OBrien answers or accepts the question is a key indication of how the soldier will handle the warWhile working in the slaughter house during the summer after he receives his draft notice OBrien is merely
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