Book Report 1: In the Lake of the Woods
Tim O’Brien shows the plot in In the Lake of the Woods though the main character John Wade. Though there are many ways Kathy could have disappeared the most believable theory is that her husband, John Wade killed her because he had lost the election, how he had become “Sorcerer”, and the fact that they were not happy.
Having lost the election, it ended up making John even crazier. After coming home the war he started his life in politics, but he never would had guessed that what he encountered in the war would cost him the election. “The polls had gone from bad to depressing, then to impossible and the landslide” “I asked a million times about skeletons, all you had to do was say something. Could’ve made it work for us.” By losing the election it made John crazy, so crazy he wanted to scream horrible words and do even more terrible things. “But it was more then an election. It was something physical. Humiliation, that was part of it, and the wreckage in his chest and stomach, and then the rage, how it surged up into his throat and how he wanted to scream the most terrible thing he could scream-kill Jesus!-and how he couldn’t stop screaming it inside it inside his head-kill Jesus!-because nothing could be done, and because it was so brutal and disgraceful and final. He felt crazy sometimes. Real depravity. Late at night an electric sizzle came into his blood, a tight pumped-up killing rage, and he couldn’t keep it in and he couldn’t let it out. He wanted to hurt things. Grab a knife and start cutting and slashing and never stop.”
They loved each other that was the truth, but they were not happy, they had their problems. “It was a terrible time on their lives and they wanted desperately to be happy. They wanted happiness without knowing what it was, or where to look, which made them want it more.” They tried not to believe the election was the absolute and crushing thing it truly was in their lives. There was...