What can we learn through the struggle O’Brien experiences as a published individual? How can guilt function as a redemptive force?

Hi, I need some help answering these questions regarding this short, 12 minute read, story called On the Rainy River.

Thank you so much, here is the link to the short story

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Help me find and discuss the ideas developed by the text creator in the rainy river about the role self preservation plays when individuals are dealing with competing internal and external demands.

What can we learn through the struggle O’Brien experiences as a published individual? How can guilt function as a redemptive force?

How do the opening sentences prepare you for the story: “This is one story I’ve never told before. Not to anyone”? What effect does it have?

What questions did O’Brien have coming out of college and in the war on Vietnam?

Why does the author say that being against the Vietnam War in college was “entirely an intellectual activity”? What does this mean?

How does the political situation O’Brien recounts in America in 1968 match the narrator’s personal state of mind?

What does O’Brien’s strategy for conducting a war with “you hav[ing] to put your own precious fluids on the line”?

Why does O’Brien relate his experience as a pig declotter? How does this information contribute to the story? Why go into such specific detail? (Symbol, Setting, Atmosphere, Theme)

Who are the individuals O’Brien hates? Why is he so sickened by these people?

Help me describe the struggle O’Brien encounters in the story. Cite specific passages that showcase this conflict. What options were available to him?

What is Elroy Berdahl’s role in this story?

Help me describe O’Brien’s experience in the boat with Elroy.

Explain the symbolism of the river.

At the beginning of page 184, the narrative voice shifts as O’Brien speaks directly to the reader. What is the purpose? What is the effect?

What has O’Brien learned about himself, and how does he return home as a changed person?

Why, ultimately, does he go to war? Are there other reasons for going he doesn’t list?

Help me define cowardice. Does O’Brien deserve to be labeled a coward for his response to the Vietnam War? What is the nature of the paradox concerning courage and fear in the story?

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