Vietnam Assignment

Yesenia Chavez and Halea Johnson


In the passage "In the Field" by Tim O'Brien, Jimmy camps his soldiers in the village toilet. That night it starts storming and Kiowa gets shot and swept away into the mud. Jimmy struggles with his guilt while other soldiers search for the body.

In the poem "Songs of Napalm" by Bruce Weigl, a man experiences intense Vietnam flashbacks. He tries to cope by lying to himself but nothing can make it easier.

Important Passages

"Looking out toward the river, he knew for a fact that he had made a mistake setting up here. The order had come from a higher, true, but he still should've exercised some field discretion. He should've moved to higher ground for the night, should've radioed in false coordinates. There was nothing he could do now but he still felt sick about it" (O'Brien).

This passage is important to the reading as a whole because it illustrates Jimmy's guilt. He blames himself for Kiowa's death and is looking back at how he could've done things differently but he couldn't have known then the consequences of his actions.

"Burning bodies so perfectly assume. Nothing

Can change that; she is burned behind my eyes

And not your good love and not the rain-swept air

And not the jungle green

Pasture unfolding before us can deny it" (Weigl).

This passage is important to the reading as a whole because it illustrates how guilt over the things done in war never leave a person. It's something a soldier carries home with them and for the rest of their lives.

Discussion Questions

The authors are trying to convey the hopelessness of war and how it haunts the soldiers. Weigl and O'Brien showing that the soldiers will always carry the guilt and shame of killing people, whether it was on purpose or an accident. War leaves the countries and people involved desolated. With all the bombings and casualties no one is left untouched or unhurt.
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Image Analysis

This image reflects some aspects on what we have read by showing the mental toll that the war took on the soldiers. This image really captures how the war did not only effect these men physically but mentally as well. Based on what we discussed and read this picture shows just how much these soldiers had to go through. It shows how they were emotionally effected by the loss of others and fear of not returning home.
Country Joe's Anti Vietnam War Song Woodstock

Connection to Media

This is a satire song on the US government's attitude toward the Vietnam War. This song is saying that war is the governments way to get money at soldiers expense because they have no choice in the matter. This song connects to the video that we watched where some soldiers were saying they weren't sure why they were fighting. It also shows the war era as whole with people not supporting the troops going into this war.