O’Brien in The Things They Carried
The question I’m asking is that did O’Brien kill the man at My Khe? Some referrals he made told me he did and some inform me he didn’t. Not exactly sure if he did kill him due to the fact that certainly I wasn’t there; but he can describe the exact scene, what he was doing, and what the guy looked like when he died. That offers me the impression that this death psychology messed with O’Brien. Maybe it psychologically messed him up also or made him feel this guilt inside since of this male death.
Back in the chapter The Male I Killed O’Brien said he killed the guy; he understood every precise information and he could describe whatever that happened easily. In the following chapter he goes over how the person passed away that makes me think he did eliminate him. O’Brien mentions “He fell on his back. His rubber sandals had actually been blown off. He lay at the center of the trail, his best leg bent underneath him, his one eye shut, his other eye a substantial star-shaped hole.”(O’Brien, 127). O’Brien knowing what the soldier appeared like, the way his eyes were open, the type and shape of his body; simply tells me that even if he didn’t kill this male it still put this image in his head that he did. Later he explains the method he tossed the grenade and the surge; how it decreased in his eyes. Knowing that he said he tossed the grenade; that he pulled the pin, left no doubt in my mind that he didn’t eliminate the Vietnamese soldier.
Even after all the images that O’Brien put in my head; that made me believe that he truly killed the guy however later in the book he comes out and tells us he never ever eliminated anybody throughout the war. In the chapter Excellent Form; O’Brien stats “For instance, I wish to tell you this; twenty years ago I enjoyed a guy pass away on a path near the town of My Khe. I did not eliminate him. However I existed, you see, and my existence was guilt enough,” (O’Brien, 171). So O’Brien confesses that he didn’t eliminate the guy. But he likewise admits that given that he existed it left this regret in his head. This guilt that made him think he eliminated the person since he saw it. He was right there in My Khe on that really path where everything occurred. This image in O’Brien’s head that will never ever vanish. This death is stuck to him despite the fact that he didn’t in fact kill the person.
I think this happens to a lot of soldiers who witness something this dreadful. They feel this guilt that they can’t eliminate. Even if they do not eliminate anybody; if it sounds practical to them then they’ll think it holds true. So I think O’Brien never ever eliminated that guy on the trail at My Khe. But in his head he honestly thinks he did. Since he existed; a witness to the killing, and present on that trail. I believe it’s just so insane how he can describe the entire circumstance so exact. The man didn’t even kill the man however he understands everything that happened.
His presence killed the guy. Him existing practically made him believe he did it. He eliminated the guy even though later in the story he admits he didn’t. I guess existence can paint pictures so vibrant that you’ll believe that you did something you really didn’t do. So the concern I asked earlier was that did O’Brien eliminate the guy at My Khe? From text in the book and what he said proves that he didn’t eliminate the guy. But he still believes that because he existed that he did eliminate the person since of his witnessing to this mans death.