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In this paper, I argue against the mentality that all Vietnam War veterans were irreparably damaged by their time in service. My primary text, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, is very critical of the war and seems to agree with this mentality. However, I am intrigued by the underlying theme of race in the novel. Kiowa, a Native American character, suffers discrimination from his fellow soldiers. However, with further reading it becomes clear that Kiowa is loved and respected by the men, and that their experiences in the field have helped them transcend racial barriers. By researching everything from current race theorists to Vietnam Era children’s books, I construct a theory in which the Vietnam War, though in many ways a damaging force, actually prepared young soldiers to return home and build a better America after the upheaval of the Civil Rights Movement.

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B192 JFSB

Start Date

20-3-2015 1:45 PM

End Date

20-3-2015 3:00 PM

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There's a Moral Here: Emerging Ethics in The Things They Carried

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In this paper, I argue against the mentality that all Vietnam War veterans were irreparably damaged by their time in service. My primary text, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, is very critical of the war and seems to agree with this mentality. However, I am intrigued by the underlying theme of race in the novel. Kiowa, a Native American character, suffers discrimination from his fellow soldiers. However, with further reading it becomes clear that Kiowa is loved and respected by the men, and that their experiences in the field have helped them transcend racial barriers. By researching everything from current race theorists to Vietnam Era children’s books, I construct a theory in which the Vietnam War, though in many ways a damaging force, actually prepared young soldiers to return home and build a better America after the upheaval of the Civil Rights Movement.