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My personal exposure to the Vietnam War has been limited to say the least It is a subject that is still uneasy in the minds of many people to this day My past teachers have only given me a basic overview of the war giving statistical and geographical information They had never really addressed the political and moral issues make up the Vietnam War Many of the people who fought in the war are in there fifties now They along with the families of the wars victims will not believe that they have died for nothing There are some that say we never belonged there while others are upset because we didnt finish the job All people of that era were directly involved in the war or knew someone who was The different personal political and religious views of the time still cause heated discussions about the Vietnam War The Red Convertible by Louse Edrich presents a side of the Vietnam War that you will not find in the history books It brings to light the psychological factors of going through war Being narrated by Lyman Lamartin the brother of Vietnam veteran Henry offers a personal aspect of a veteran coping with stress and memories of war This is while he was trying to enter back into life society and family Lyman who is surprisingly politically indifferent to the war focuses on the great pain and psychological distance of his brother after the war The Red Convertible I feel represents the soldiers This is done by illustrating them going on the last great journey to getting prettied up for the coming home to eventually silently realizing its in shambles Before they left for war many of them said their good-byes tied up loose strings kissed their girlfriends and had their last hurrah They came home believing life was grand Eventually until they realized that the war wou ld never truly leave them
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