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On The Rainy River is a chapter taken from the book The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien In this reading the main character also Tim OBrien is faced with a choice During the summer of 1968 Tim graduates from college and shortly after receives a draft notice in the mail saying he will serve in Vietnam Soon after while working his summer job he decides he is going to make a run for it and try to avoid the draft by heading to CanadaOBriens choice in the end is will he run to Canada and avoid the draft or face the draft and possibly be killed or wounded in the war From his point of view both choices are wrong in so many different ways If he goes to Canada he will be an exile from his friends family and hometown peers possibly for life It was easy to imagine people sitting around a table down at the old Gobbler Cafe on Main Street coffee cups poised the conversation slowly zeroing in on the young OBrien kid how the damned sissy had taken off for Canada This quote is one of the best as far as showing the shame that may be put upon him if he decides to run for itOn the flip side of the coin if he goes to Vietnam he is not only risking his life but he is also going against everything he believes deep down Not only did he not want to fight and die but he didnt even believe in what he would be fighting for He was scared and full of rage and this quote best describes that in my opinion I was drafted to fight a war I hated I was twenty-one years old Young yes and politically naive but even so the American war in Vietnam seemed to me wrong Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons Part of
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