What was Elroy Berdahl role that day?
Elroy accepted O’Brien’s help in preparing the cabins for the winter, and he taught O’Brien how to split and stack firewood. On their last day together, Elroy took O’Brien fishing on the Rainy River.
What is the symbolism of the river in on the Rainy River?
While it is not raining in “On the Rainy River,” the name of the river connects the narrator’s prewar dilemma with the moral dilemma faced during the monsoon and the shelling that sucks Kiowa into the muck. The Rainy River comes to symbolize courage.
How does O’Brien describe Elroy Berdahl?
Elroy is a pretty mysterious old guy. He is right there when O’Brien needs him, and he lets O’Brien make his own decision about whether to go to Vietnam or run to Canada without judging him or pushing him one way or the other.
What do the pigs symbolize in on the Rainy River?
The pig plant symbolizes the violence with which he is confronted and the chaos of his life getting out of control.
Who does Tim O’Brien call the hero of my life and why?
The man that Tim O’Brien considers to be his “life hero.” Berdahl takes O’Brien in after O’Brien attempts to dodge the draft and head for Canada.
What does Elroy Berdahl do that leads O’Brien to call him the hero of my life?
O’Brien calls Berdahl “the hero of my life”. Berdahl runs the Tip Top Lodge where O’Brien stays while trying to decide whether or not to join the war. Berdahl takes O’Brien in, keeps him busy with manual labor, but doesn’t pester him about his situation.
What does the narrator realize when he sees the emergency fund envelope?
What does the narrator realize when he sees the “EMERGENCY FUND” envelope? Elroy knows that the narrator has been drafted.
Why hasn’t o’Brien ever told the story on the Rainy River?
Why hasn’t O’Brien ever told the story “On the Rainy River”? Why does he decide to do so now? He thought it would only cause embarrassment for all of them. He is doing ithe now because he wants to relieve at least some of the pressure on his dreams.
Why did O’Brien not flee to Canada?
Why didn’t Tim O’Brien try to evade the draft by going to Canada? Tim O’Brien decides to go to Vietnam because he couldn’t find the resolve not to or, in his own words, because he “was embarrassed not to.” In “On the Rainy River,” O’Brien contemplates running away to Canada after he is drafted.
What happened Lee Strunk?
Strunk dies in a medic chopper after most of his right leg is blown off. Before leaving, he begs Jensen not to kill him.
What does O’Brien say to the woman about his story?
What does O’Brien say to the woman about his story? He wishes it weren’t true. He wants her to finish it for him. He wishes it were a love story.