Sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong Essay

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  • The Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong Analysis

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    the world are free from conflict (Independent Digital News and Media, 2016). In “The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” by Tim O’Brien the impact of war is displayed through the life alternating changes in a young woman named Mary Anne. Over the course of the story Mary Anne goes from innocent, enthusiastic, kind individual to a compulsive, aggressive, and apathetic one. A central theme of “The Song of the Tra Bong” is the powerful physical and mental altering effects of war. My story further demonstrates

  • The Sweetheart Of Song Tra Bong Analysis

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    Imagine what would happen if a soldier invited someone to a war zone to be with them. One of the most notable chapters in Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried is “The Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong” which is about a soldier bringing his girlfriend to Vietnam. In this chapter, the story is told by Rat Kiley who has a “reputation for exaggeration and overstatement.” The story starts out with a few soldiers jokingly throwing around the idea of getting girls into their camp. However, after thinking

  • Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong Essays

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    In the short story, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” by Tim O’Brien, the author shows that no matter what the circumstances were, the people that were exposed to the Vietnam War were affected greatly. A very young girl named Mary Anne Bell was brought by a boyfriend to the war in Vietnam. When she arrived she was a bubbly young girl, and after a few weeks, she was transformed into a hard, mean killer.      Mark Fossie decided he was going to sneak his girlfriend onto

  • Summary: Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong

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    Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong In this chapter Mark Fossie brings his girlfriend Mary Anne to the military compound where they are at. Mary Anne later becomes a different person than she was before and goes missing when she goes up to the mountains. On pg.87 O’Brien uses Rat’s description of the land where the military compound he was at. “... was situated at the top of a flat-crested hill along the Northern outskirts of the Tra Bong.” O’brien uses Imagery to describe the place so people can picture

  • Surrealism In Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong

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    Different soldiers tell the story of what happened during the war, but sometimes, we don’t know if it is true. For example, in the chapter of, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” one of the soldiers, Mark Fossie, flies over his girlfriend, Mary Anne, to their camp site. He expected her to stay with him for the rest of her vacation there, but then her curiosity of Vietnam got to her. Mary Anne was curious of what

  • Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong Analysis

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    Mary Ann can be seen transforming in the chapter “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”. The transformations in the chapter take place at different times as the story progresses. The Mary Ann that is presented at the beginning of the chapter is a great contrast to the Mary Ann that we end the chapter with. The different transformations of Mary Ann that take place are physical, behavioral, and psychological. These different types of transformations can symbolize many different things, some of which will

  • Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong Analysis

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    On page 92 in “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” Rat Kiley uses the simile “...like a cheerleader visiting the opposing team's locker room,” to describe the sight of Mary Anne visiting the village of Tra Bong. Mary Anne is compared to a cheerleader because she is a young cute girl all dolled up in nice clothes while visiting a poor village with “thatched roofs” and “naked children.” This simile is to compare the odd sight of a well dressed girl in this run down village in Vietnam, to illustrate how

  • Sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong as Metaphor Essay

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    Sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong as Metaphor   The Vietnam War is a strange and unexplainable event in American history. The controversies surrounding the American involvement in Vietnam and the need for Vietnam veterans to tell their stories of the war are prevalent in the post-Vietnam culture of America. "The stories that will last forever are those that swirl back and forth across the border between trivia and bedlam, the mad and the mundane"(89). The story of the sweetheart of the Song

  • Gender Deviance In Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong

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    Does deviating from one’s gender norms inevitably doom one down a spiral of moral corruption? Tim O'Brien, author of “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” and Ernest Hemingway, author of “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, certainly seem to hold this view, as evident by the fates of the major female characters in their respective works. The deviance of the major female characters in both works appears to corrupt not only themselves, but also pollute their partners, causing them to suffer injury

  • And Symbolism In Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong, By OBrien

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    Imagery, detail, and symbolism play a crucial role in this work. Imagery has the function of painting a picture of the situation in the reader’s mind so that he or she is able to develop a version of the story individually. It makes the reading a more personalized experience that helps the reader to understand what’s going on. When O’Brien was just about to escape to Canada to avoid being drafted, he described the scene that was presented in front of him. “The shoreline was dense with brush and timber