Tim O Brien's Guilt

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So, after the fact that Jenson breaks Strunk’s nose, Jenson starts to wonder when Strunk will get his revenge on him. “Because late that same night he [Jenson] borrowed a pistol, gripped it by the barrel, and used it like a hammer to break his own nose” (O’Brien 48). Since Jenson had so much guilt towards what he did to Strunk he decided that he could not wait any longer for Strunk to get his revenge on him—so he thought the only revenge that was acceptable was for him to break his nose just as he had broke Strunk’s. In the article by Tobey Herzog, he speaks of what the soldiers feel after experiencing the horrible things that happen at war. “Some of this feeling or wrongdoing emerging from Tim’s uneasiness about combat numbness to death…show more content…
He basically feels like he should feel more towards the destruction. In Herzog’s article he describes Tim O’Briens’ guilt. “Author-soldier O’Brien’s guilt over his participation in the Vietnam war (“I was a coward”)” (118). Both the author and narrator feel as though they are cowards by not going with what they believe; which is that the war is no good and should not be fought. Herzog speaks of how Tim O’Brien admits to feeling guilt. “For narrator Tim, and possibly author O’Brien, these confessions become an exorcising of guilt” (118). When Tim; the narrator; expels guilt from himself by confessing. This “confessing” that he does is writing about the things that happen at war. When soldiers are admitting their guilt they are saving themselves from the embarrassment of being innocent and naïve. This guilt leads to the happening of the soldiers dealing with the guilt and that is being…show more content…
In the novel, narrator Tim O’Brien says, “...it was no longer a question that could be decided by an act of pure reason. Intellect had come up against emotion” (O’Brien 49). After experiencing the guilt of almost fleeing the country O'Brien sees that the responsible thing that he must do is go to war. In Wesley’s article, she explains how soldiers have to take charge of what they do. “The moral certainty that assigns absolute righteousness to “us” and complete culpability to “them”...” (Wesley 68). This is saying how the characters have to take responsibility of the effects of what they accomplish and the effect it has on other people. An example of a soldier being responsible is when O’Brien (the narrator) gives the man he killed a future. Wesley describes how truth has an effect on responsibility. “a truth not just of texture of textbook but of accountability”(58). The truth is being explained as a way of soldiers to take charge of what they have done, and by taking charge of what they do is an example of them being responsible. Soldiers have to be responsible enough to tell the truth to other people and to yourself. “the ‘truth’ about Vietnam as a constant process of ‘humping’ or carrying the impossible responsible of power through a violent landscape”(59). Telling the truth helps soldiers get over the war and become a lot more responsible. In Wesley’s article she explains how

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