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Only The Heart Essay

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The Vietnamese people in only the heart had many difficult hardships to go through in order to get to Australia. The book showed how all the different characters responded to these hardships in there own ways. I will talk about the problems before they left Vietnam and how that made them escape. To the extent in which they succeeded and what helped them succeed. And of coarse the problems they had along the way.The Vo family was living in a village in Vietnam during the war and when communism started to come into action. And it had terrible affects on the people living there. They had to adapt or escape. The Vo family choose to escape. Toan?s father had been taken by the military police ...view middle of the document...

It was a very motherly caring thing to do, but I think any mother would have done that. Well, Mai ends up killing herself because she has no hope with the Pirates. Phuong went through this stage of denial, she took to caring her mother shirt around and she was very upset. When they finally got to Malaysia the Malay had realised that they were refugees and they didn?t want them. A patrol boat came after them as they were sailing in for shore. The Boat starting firing at them so they jumped of the boat and swam. The sea was rough and many people died, nearly including Toan. The book gave the perspective of a Woman standing on shore watching the refugee boat coming in, she saw Toan drowning and went in and saved him. That most the most exciting time I believe.When in Malaysia Phuogh got involving with a gang leader named Cang. All the locals knew Cang as the mean tough gang leader and I?m sure he was. But the thing about Cang is that he gave his live to save Phuongs. There was a fire in the camp they were staying in before the got shipped off to Australia. They didn?t enjoy the camp that they stayed in, in Malaysia, they had seen to many fences for to long and needed to feel free. Back in Vietnam they would feel very far from free. Communism has no time for the individual only the whole Government or country as one body. Toan met Kiew, someone he could really talk to and share his experiences...

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