Wood Grouse on a High Promontory Overlooking Canada – by David Guterson, 1996 | Essay

Wood Grouse on a High Promontory Overlooking Canada written by David Guterson, 1996

It is a well-known fact that soldiers who have been fighting in a war can be affected many years after they are demobilised. We often see that veterans, who have expired strange things nobody ever would imagine, can be mentally ill for the rest of their life. Gary from the short story Wood Grouse on a High Promontory Overlooking Canada can relate to that feeling after he has been in Vietnam, where he expired things he will never forget. The short story is published in 1996 and written by David Guterson.

Gary is the older of the two brothers and he is just returned from the war in Vietnam. The war has planted pictures in his mind that he will never forget and they have a big emotional impact on him. We can see that in the text when it says, “Jesus, said Gary. Look what you did” (P. 2 L. 58) after Bud shot down a bird. Killing the bird drawn parallels- and makes him remember the war, where he probably has done something similar to a human being. In the text there is another place where we can see that Gary is affected by the things that happened in Vietnam. On page two, line one it says: “And again he began to cry silently”. This shows us that he have not forgot the war and it still makes him sad thinking about it. “We saw a flock of sheep, a sheepdog and a shepherd, up on the Wind Pass trail. Aren’t they beautiful? Said Gary” (P. 1 LL. 14-15) shows us that after the things he has been through he is more likely to see the beautiful things in life, even though it seems like unimportant things. He is basically just enjoying living more than ever before.

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