Vietnam Chapter Ten, A Hole in the Road to Paris, Chapter Eleven, Fire in the Hole, Chapter Twelve, The Observatio 15 must have seemed like a horrible nightmare to the American soldiers and this episode represents one scenario of them meeting the enemy, not killing them, and talking like civilized men. Frenchie Tucker and Bernie Lynn die in a tunnel, because of Lt. Calling Home 53 Themes War Is Hell Going After Cacciato demonstrates that the war in Vietnam was horrific and brutal, as wars inherently are. Corson that Cacciato has told Paul Berlin he is going to walk to Paris. Berlin wants to go to Paris, see the sights, look for the things Cacciato would have looked for. No remainder mark or spray. The soldiers came to despise Martin for insisting on the same procedure at all times.
Chapter Seventeen, Light at the End of the Tunnel to Paris, Chapter Eighteen, Prayers on the Road to Paris,Chapter Nineteen, The Observation Post, Chapter Twenty, Landing Zone Bravo,Chapter Twenty-One, The Railroad to Paris, Chapter Twenty-Two, Who They Were, or Claimed to Be Analysis Escaping the tunnels, the men retun to the mission of finding Cacciato. He speaks perfect English and is polite to the extreme with his prisoners. The province is a farm country and there is fishing along the coast. The men inform the Lieutenant that it is time to move on. As usual, someone makes a joke about the land resembling lake country and this is one of the ways the men cope with the horror.
Li Van was a soldier who tried to run away from the war but was captured and then sent to the tunnels, to never see the light of day again. As the chopper is lifting up, the gunners strafe the paddies and Pederson, who stays where he was thrown, gets shot. The men found a huge series of tunnels and Lt. This little girl makes such an impression on Berlin that he re-creates her for his flight of imagination to Paris, and in doing so, he makes up for the atrocities he and his men commit upon the people of Vietnam. Paul Berlin begins to use his imagination to deal with the horrors of war, and a major split from reality begins when another platoon member, Cacciato, deserts and a squad is sent out to capture him. He is a seasoned war veteran who was on his way to becoming a captain but drinking and fighting resulted in demotions that ended his career path. Rather, it is experience that reoccurs.
It is December and the squad is on the Delhi Express headed away from Mandalay. It is this method of dealing with adversity that allows the author to clearly define the thoughts and characteristics of the main characters. There is a stark contrast between this event and the bombing and burning of the mountain in Vietnam where heads were detached from bodies violently and without any ceremony. He remembers something really easy like when Cacciato gave him gum. There was a strict order in how he actually told us the facts. Lieutenant Martin tells Frenchie he must go down the hole or get court martialed. Instead of being jailed, the squad has a civilized and polite conversation with the captors, released and then taken out for dinner and drinks.
Berlin wonders if the Vietnamese people are really human and he wants to tell him they are not his enemy. The conductor on the train represents reality, what Berlin believes should have happened when he was searching the villagers. He is roused from the illness when necessary to escape, or to converse with his military equals in the tunnels or in Tehran, and comports himself honorably at every step. Bernie Lynn has not even completely Chapter Ten, A Hole in the Road to Paris, Chapter Eleven, Fire in the Hole, Chapter Twelve, The Observatio 13 entered the hole when he is shot and the men pull him out by his feet. Usually the men use trains to travel and sometimes a bus.
Sarkin Aung Wan and Paul Berlin share a room and spend all their time shopping, eating, and playing cards. Lt Corson does not comprehend the message right away, partly because he is sick and partly because he has been smoking a joint. He takes a squad out to find the deserter without informing headquarters of what is happening. However, the first chapter does contain one very powerful image of destruction from the Vietnamese viewpoint, which helps to make this somber portrait of the Vietnam War more complete. In other words, there is no paper loss but the abovementioned edges are not micrometer-edge straight. Paul Berlin is an average American boy from the Midwest, who is been sent to Vietnam in 1968, and on his first day, a man in his platoon dies of fright.
Berlin also thinks back on his earliest days in the military, in June 1968. Berlin is not only lost geographically, he does not know where he is on any level in this strange war. Afghanistan is very cold, a distinct contrast to the humid jungle of Vietnam. Berlin thinks of the trip Chapter Seventeen, Light at the End of the Tunnel to Paris, Chapter Eighteen, Prayers on the Road to Paris 19 to Paris as an actual event with colors, tastes and feelings. Berlin believes he has courage and it is just waiting for the spark to ignite it.
Oscar puts the rifle to her head and forces her to pull over. Berlin finds happiness in the order of the streets, harmony, commerce, and an ordinary life. They all go for dinner and drinks and discuss the role of soldiers, the purpose and feeling of war and the obligations. He wonders what part of the pursuit of Cacciato was real. He feels the need to hurry.
Berlin is back at the observation post, and he has survived the deaths of eight men in his platoon: Frenchie, Bernie Lynn, Pederson, Buff, Billy Boy, Rudy Chassler, Lt. She lectures them all on doom, then says she admires them for walking away from the evil war. Paul Berlin finds Cacciato and the squad goes to capture him. He is sent to Vietnam in June of 1968. In the ninth chapter, Berlin remembers when his team was ordered to clear out a tunnel and lost two of their men because they were shot.