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When a Mans Dignity Controls His Life Future past and present friends standing along the shore with shouting enemies and fate These are some of the images seen by Tim in Tim OBriens On the Rainy River The character has a vivid hallucination that encompasses all of his rivaling thoughts about going to war The hallucination describes all of the reasons Tim feels embarrassed He is embarrassed to go to war because he thinks war is somewhat barbaric and below his level of thinking On the other hand he will feel like a coward if he runs away from his country when it calls upon him for help Ultimately he is embarrassed of his uncontrolled embarrassment that forced him to go to war During the hallucination Tim sees many things that he has loved in his past Hot dogs and popcorn stadium smells stadium heat A squad of cheerleaders did cartwheels along the banks of the Rainy River they had megaphones and pompoms and smooth brown thighs page 562 He sees people that he does not want to leave for war and people he has yet to meet My wife was there My unborn daughter waved at me and my two sons hopped up and down page 562 There are people that he will meet and kill at war and a future drill sergeant There is a whole town of people with all eyes on him pushing him to go to the war When Tim is initially notified of his draft he is scared and angry If they need fresh bodies why not draft some back-to-the-Stone-Age hawk Or some dumb jingo in his hard hat and Bomb Hanoi button page 552 He did not think that well educated men should be sent off to fight and die for something they do not even care about In his mind war was for the savages who wanted to fight it and not for anybody else Embarrassment
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