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tc 3. On the Rainy River (short Story by Tim O'Brien)

tc 3. What do you think the nattator means when he says that Elroy Berdahl "saved" him?

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The narrator feels that, had he gone to Canada, he would have lost his past. Everything that made him who he was would vanish into a fog. Despite the very real threat of dying in Vietnam, at least he would die as himself and not some ghost lurking about in Canada.