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Speaking of Courage Speaking of Courage is a short story written by Tim OBrien OBrien was born in Austin Minnesota and graduated from Macalester College In 1968 he was drafted and served with the US Army in Vietnam where he attained the rank of sergeant In the story the character Paul Berlin comes back to his hometown in Wisconsin after the Vietnam War Berlin struggles to fit back into his normal life before the war Coming back from the war the young solider sees the world in a different light Berlin has an external and some internal conflicts His external conflict is not finishing Frenchie Tuckers mission His internal conflicts are wishes he had been more courageous and he could talk about the war and his feeling of shame and terror with his dad Paul Berlins external conflict is not finishing Frenchie Tuckers mission Frenchie Tucker was ordered to go down the tunnel while down inside the tunnel he was shot in the neck by enemy fire So Berlin was ordered to finish friends mission but he could not you close your eyes like a mole and follow the tunnel walls lose all sense and are dragged out by the heels OBrien 971 He couldnt finish the mission because of his internal fear of getting shot like Frenchie Tucker caused him to not move externally Berlin didnt want to die but at the same time wanted to be a solider so he froze One of Paul Berlins internal conflicts is he wishes he had been more courageous and won the medal for valor Seven he would have said though none of them were for valor 968 Berlin won a lot of medals but didnt win the medals for courage He didnt win any for courage because he didnt finish Frenchie Tuckers mission Berlin believes if he would have been braver and finished the mission
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