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Post  SandraJozic on Mon May 09, 2011 11:28 pm

6. In O'Brien's experience, it was never a good idea to trust Vietnamese civilians.

The value of trust was one of significant importance through The Things They Carried, not only between the soldiers but the American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians as well. The Americans needed to establish trust between themselves and the civilians, and that they did. They gained the trust of the civilians and successfully conveyed their purpose for involvement, which was to stop the spread of communism, and in return, the civilians lead them through mine fields to ensure safe trips and showed them their territory. This trust was mutual between the two, Obrien portrayed it in a positive manner without any insinuation that it was a bad idea to trust the civilians.

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Post  Amanda Brandi on Tue May 10, 2011 1:07 am

I completely agree with you. It was imperative for the soldiers not only to trust one another but to trust the Vietnamese civilians as well. It's like what Swayzee said, this sort of act was similar to the Golden Rule. In order to achieve the trust that they wanted, they needed to give trust in return. This was a big factor within the Vietnam War because trust became very questionable; not everyone could be confident in what they believed because of those who forced others to lose faith in them (Mary Anne Bell).

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