FC: "AMBUSH" BY Tim O Brien
1: "Tim O'Brien (born October 1, 1946 in Austin, Minnesota. When O'Brien was twelve, his family, including an older sister and a brother, moved to Worthington, Minnesota. He was Student Body President in 1946 at Macalester College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. | About the Author
2: That same year he was drafted into the Army where he served with the 3rd Platoon, of the 5th Battalion. He writes often about his Experience in Vietnam
4: If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (1973) Where Have You Gone Charming Billy? (1975) | His other works
5: The Nuclear Age (1985) In the Lake of the Woods (1994) Tomcat in Love (1998)
6: The raising action starts when a young man dressed in black comes out of the fog | Without thinking the main character pulls the pin of a grenade. | He throws the grenade at the young man where it explodes at his feet. The young man dies.
7: The main character is upset because he killed the young man. His partner tells him that the man would have died anyway. | The main character never forgets that he killed a man. On some days he will forgive himself. On other days he does not forgive himself.
8: Setting | The story takes place in Vietnam early in the morning during the Vietnam War.
9: Characters | the narrator, the narrator's daughter, the young man who gets killed, Kiowa, the narrator's partner
10: Theme | The theme of this story is: what war does to a person.
11: Literary Elements | Flashback: Most of the story is told in flashback. | Simile: "I remember the grenade seeming to freeze before me for an instant, as if a camera had clicked.
12: Imagery: The description of the man coming toward the narrator: "I'll look up and see the young man coming out of the morning fog..."
13: http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&safe=active&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=3AXUTYW_FIL4gAerwIEu&ved=0CDQQBSgA&q=tim+o%27brien&spell=1&biw=996&bih=603 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_O'Brien_(author) http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/images/30013565_Einschlag%20einer%20Granate.jpg | Works Cited