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ELA 30-1 On the rainy river
Transcript of ELA 30-1 On the rainy river
By:Tim O'Brien David Torres
Josh Deman Theme Statements Perception
1st person narration
Personal view Genre “On The Rainy River” By Tim O’Brien.
A short story about a young College graduate who works at a meat packing plant and gets drafted to the Vietnam War.
PLOT Setting Antagonist Characters Protagonist After Tim graduates from Macalester College,
Tim gets drafted into the war of Vietnam. Initial Incident Conflict The final decision between personal beliefs and values,
or fighting for his country. Climax Tim decides to go agaisnt his own beliefs and abandons his courage behind to go home and chooses the patriotic path of fighting the war. Falling Action Outcome Draft Notice: Confusion, anxiety, fear and disappointment.
Tip Top Lodge: Sanctuary, get away.
Canada: Freedom, Escape.
Rainy River: Border that separates Minnesota from Canada.
Represents decision making and courage.
Elroy Berdahl: The owner of the Tip Top Lodge. Referred to by Tim 20 years later as “God.
Meat Packing Plant: Foreshadows violence that Tim will later face when he goes to war.
Symbolism “It was my view then, and still is that you don’t make war without knowing why.”
“There should be a law, I thought if you support a war, if you think it’s worth the price, that’s fine, but you have to put your own life on the line. You have to head for the front and hook up with an infantry unit and help spill the blood. And you have to bring along your wife or your kids or your lover, a law I thought.”
“There were occasions, I believed, when a nation was justified in using military force to achieve its ends, to stop a Hitler or some comparable evil, and I told myself that in such circumstances I would’ve willingly marched off to the battle. The problem, though, was that a draft board did not let you chose your war.”
“All of us, I suppose, like to believe that in a moral emergency we will behave like the heroes of our youth, bravely and forthrightly, without thought of personal loss or discredit.”
“My hometown was a conservative little spot on the prairie, a place where tradition counted, and it was easy to imagine people sitting around a table down at the old Gobbler café on Main street, coffee cups poised, the conversation slowly zeroing in on the young O’Brien kid, how the damned sissy had taken off for Canada.”
“I survived, but it’s not a happy ending. I was a coward. I went to the war.” Quotes Foreshadowing
Irony Literary Terms Should Tim fight a war he doesn’t believe in or escape to Canada and avoid fighting in the war? “I was drafted to fight a war I hated” pg71
“It was my view then, and still is, that you don’t make war without knowing why” Pg71
“I was too good for this war” pg72
“I was no soldier” pg72
His indecision between fighting in the war or run away to Canada and avoid it.
Driving away from his life, Tim went as close as he could get to the border.
Tim ended up at the Tip Top lodge along the Rainy River that divided the border between United States and Canada.
He stayed six days and developed a relationship with the owner of the lodge Elroy.
Elroy never questioned Tim, he simply observed.
The sixth day Elroy indirectly gave Tim the opportunity to escape to Canada while fishing on the Rainy River but Tim decided then and there to stay and fight the war.
Rising Action “I was a coward, I went to war”