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A. Glass, Tim O'Brien Slide Show

  1. 1. Tim O’Brien Paying It Forward Alison C. Glass ENG 1102, March 09’
  2. 2. Accomplished Educator <ul><li>Tim O’Brien </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate of Macalester College: 1968 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summa Cum Laude. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued his education at Harvard: 1970 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Published his first book while at Harvard. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor at Texas Sate University-San Marcos: 1968-Present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continues to educate the public with his fiction and non-fiction stories about Vietnam. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Veteran <ul><li>Enlisted in the United States Army: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Did not agree with the US presence overseas in Vietnam . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wanted to flee to Canada to avoid the draft in the late 60’s. After College, he joined the Army, voluntarily. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Served in Alpha company in Vietnam and uses his experiences to share knowledge with his readers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Charlie Company was later investigated for the My Lai Massacre. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dozens of Charlie Soldiers investigated and held accountable. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awarded the Purple heart after being wounded with shrapnel in Vietnam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Given to soldiers wounded in any war time conflict. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Got out of the service in the early 1970’s. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Separated at the rant of Sergeant. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Went back to school at Harvard . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Novelist <ul><li>Famous Writings you may know: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Published in 1973 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Going After Cacciato </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Published in 1978 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Awarded the National Book Award. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Things They Carried </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Published in 1990 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the Lake of the Woods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Published in 1994. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Unpredictable Approaches to Story Telling <ul><li>Uses multiple approaches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me up and Ship Me Home: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cradle to Grave approach. Non-Fiction story starting in Basic Training and ending in War time conflict aftermath. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Things They Carried: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immediately starts the reader off in combat, dealing with harsh realities of war. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the Lake of the Woods: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post War relations dealing with flashbacks of war and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for the reader to determine the ending. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Paying It Forward <ul><li>O’Brien has spent most of his adult life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing his Vietnam stories to whomever will listen . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple stories written about his experiences at war. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-Telling stories in different approaches, to relate to as many people he can; civilians and veterans. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the needs to use tailored approaches. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Takes responsibilities for sharing and assisting his readers to find their truth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides stories with fiction and non-fiction support. Using memories of his time as guidance. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helps others heal, by keeping the memories alive. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>Although blunt at times, very enjoyable stories to read. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Left me wanting to know more about Vietnam and O’Brien’s other books yet discovered. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shared knowledge of Vietnam and our Veterans struggles. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better understanding of what our Veterans went through AND… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What our government did to “cover” our pre and post Vietnam. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A definite read for all Military and Veterans and I recommend this book for civilians with open minds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After reading about the My Lai Massacre, I was left in tears. </li></ul></ul>

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