A blog for writing and discussion in English 110 at The Ohio State University in Marion.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
"Getting shot should be an experience
from which you can draw some small pride. I don't mean the macho stuff. All I
mean is that you should be able to talk about it: the stiff thump of the
bullet, like a fist, the way it knocks the air out of you and makes you cough,
how the sound of the gunshot arrives about ten years later, and the dizzy
feeling, the smell of yourself, the things you think about and say and so right
afterward, the way your eyes focus on a tiny white peddle or a blade of grass
and how you start thinking, Oh man, that's the last thing I'll ever see, that
peddle, that blade of grass, which makes you want to cry.
Pride isn't the right word. I don't
know the right word. All I know is, you shouldn't feel embarrassed. Humiliation
shouldn't be a part of it."
I thought this was a powerful passage because what I believe he is trying to say is that people will have pride in you and that he should be feeling like them, but he isn't. He doesn't know how to describe how he is feeling but not like how he should be. He has feelings of embarrassment and humiliation, but he said in the book that, that should be apart of it.
How did bobby Jorgenson almost
"kill" Tim O’Brien?