Friday, January 27, 2012

Speaking of Courage

The chapter in Tim O'Brien's book that has ment the most to me has been Speaking of Courage. The main character is Norman Bowker, another man who was in Tim's platoon. This chapter has ment the most to me because O'Brien writes it for Norman, even though it was really hard for him. Tim O'Brien in his next chapter, Notes, says " Now a decade after his death, I'm hoping that Speaking of Courage makes good  on Norman Bowkers silence." (160) You can tell how important it was to him to get it right and I think he did a really good job.


  1. This was a very important chapter that explained what he was carrying all throughout about five chapters of the book. Not only do they carry their weapons and army material, but they carry the souls of the lost and wonder for decades on how, if there was any way at all, that they could have saved them. I think it really takes a mental and emotional toll on the speaker, as it did Tim.

    1. This chapter was very good for me too. It really showed how he couldn't forgive himself or speak to anyone about it.