Task 6: Good Times

As O’Brien notes in “Spin,” the “war wasn’t all terror and violence.” Review the vignettes he presents in the chapter.  Then do the following:

FIRST,  watch the Dear America video below from 01:32 to 4:43 (a little over three minutes).

SECOND, read the article, “The Iraq Story: How the Troops See It.”

FINALLY, respond to the following questions:

  1. How does the filmmaker use the musical selections to create the mood?
  2. What is the effect of the filmmaker’s juxtaposition of images of war?
  3. What types of positive depictions of the war are presented in the novel, video, and article? What do they have in common?
  4. What do you think O’Brien means by the expression “peace story” in “Spin”? How might the two examples he gives be peace stories?
  5. Are you surprised that there can be positive , even happy, times for soldiers during war? Why or why not?
  6. O’Brien states that “[s]tories are for joining the past to the future” and “for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” In what ways do all of these stories achieve this purpose?

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