Which of the following passages best supports O’Brien’s message that blame
and guilt were universal in Vietnam?
A. In Vietnam, too, we had ways of making the dead seem not quite
so dead. Shaking hands, that was one way. By slighting death, by
acting, we pretended it was not the terrible thing it was.
B. “I felt sort of guilty almost, like if I’d kept my mouth shut none of it
would’ve ever happened. Like it was my fault.”
Norman Bowker looked out across the wet field.
“Nobody’s fault,” he said. “Everybody’s.”
C. There were twenty-seven bodies altogether, and parts of several
others. The dead were everywhere. Some lay in piles. Some lay
D. There were Christians among us, like Kiowa, who believed in the
New Testament stories of life after death. Other stories were
passed down like legends from old-timer to newcomer.