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On the Rainy River

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Transcript of On the Rainy River

On the Rainy River
Different Shores
Interactive Component
Do you think you are brave?

Do you think you would face your fears?

Have you ran away from your fears?

Would you be a hero?
Background information
Tim O' Brien (October 1, 1946 Minnesota)
United States Army (1968-1970)
Sergeant (Vietnam War)
Published 1990 (nonfiction)
Plot Summary
drafted to war
thinks about running away

packs up and heads to Canada
finds Tip Top lodge
meets Elroy
stays at the Tip Top Lodge for days

goes fishing on the Rainy River
breaks down in front of Elroy
goes back home to be his own "hero"
Author's Purpose
writes about his life and fears
real world challenges
"Leave to Canada or go to War?"

Tim O' Brien
I ran away,
I won't come back,
I had to face my fears
and somehow I cracked.

I thought I was brave,
I though I would fight
and when I was drafted
I left that night.

I was a coward,
I feared dying.
I wasn't a hero,
I spent my time crying.

I ran to the boarder.
I ran to the shore.
I ran to the water
and I still went to war.
Point of View
the narrator is a character in the story
- uses me, myself and I

"In the evenings I'd sometimes borrow my father's car and drive aimlessly around town, feeling sorry for myself..."


Devastated: A mood of shock where you are distressed
- the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for a reader.
"Run, I'd think. Then I'd think, Impossible. Then a second later I'd think, Run."
Dynamic Character:
- a character who undergoes important changes throughout the story because of his/her actions and experiences.

"The man who opened the door that day is the hero of my life."

"I survived, but it's not a happy ending, I was a coward. I went to war."
- the excitement or tension a reader feels
"One thing for certain, he knew that I was in desperate trouble."

"I'm not sure how I made it through those six days. Most of it I can't remember."
- the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words
"Not to anyone. Not to my parents, not to my brother or sister, not even to my wife."
- visually descriptive or figurative language
"Though it was still August, the air already had the smell of October, football season, piles of yellow-red leaves, everything crisp and clean."
- the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
confessional tone
creates immediate empathy
tells of fears, embarrassment and shame
- a element that describes the ways that the author uses words
Narrative style
personal insight
Works Cited
O' Brien, Tim. "On the Rainy River."
. Evanston, IL:
M'dougal Littell, 2008. Print.

Rickey, Susan. "Understanding Elements That Make Up a Short
Classroom Synonym
. Demand Media, 2001. Web.

- a underlying message about life or human nature that the writer wants the reader to understand
Running away from your fears does not make them go away
"I was there for days and I still had no idea what I was going to do with my life."
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