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Tim OBrien The terms fear and courage played a major role in the life experience of Tim OBrien Like most other young males who just graduated college in 1968 after graduating from Macalester College in St Paul Minnesota he sought different opportunities in hopes of becoming independent and gaining a career Before these hopes of opportunity are realized however he receives notice that he has been drafted to the Vietnam War He acknowledges the tragedies that may occur in war and fears for his life Generally courage is a way of overcoming fear However in OBriens supreme perspective he reveals his extreme fear of courage He finds himself in a moral emergency where he must analyze his perception of courage in order to make such a critical decision 901 After his analysis he felt that as much as he feared loosing his life in war he couldnt reveal that reason for not wanting to go to war to avoid any type of humiliation He doubted his life if he pursued on with the process of war and therefore made excuses for himself to stay out Because OBrien didnt accept the challenge to follow his heart he took the easy way out and went to war His lack of courage forced him to live under the circumstance of not believing in him and theyre of continuing by facing the results of his fear of war OBrien compared his thoughts of fear and courage and believed that he had the potential to be full of courage but does not realize the effort he must contribute He doesnt realize that becoming independent is process he must go through in order to make a difference and solve his problems He doesnt want to attend war because he fears it what in the world can he do Many can answer what they could do but OBrien was in doubt of what he could do for
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