Similar experience of a veteran of war can be seen with example of Henry. Henry seems to be quite worried, troubled and anxious, hiding his state of mind by continuously watching television. Lyman compares the stillness of his brother to a rabbit and since he believes that television is not a great help, he just desires to destroy it. As Henry had become quite violent, therefore he used to tighten his grip on the chair and clenched his teeth very hard, while watching the television. He was under some sort of depression.
The veterans of war or people suffering from PTSD usually get impacted in terms of their work, job, relations, etc. The veterans with PTSD generally find it difficult to get over from the vicious cycle of choosing bad jobs or trying to avoid going for work.
According to this story, there have been different instances where the change of behaviour is seen especially when both the brothers went on the road trip. Rather than enjoying and sharing jokes, there is quite nice and still be heavier. Henry remains silent as if he is waiting for some attack. Prior to the war, he was person who always cracked jokes and went with the flow. However, in the story, Henry is compared by his brother has a changed person after the war. The attitude and behaviour have taken a U-turn because Henry has become completely opposite of his prior self (Erdrich 305-312).
With the passing of the story, as there are changes in the car, similarly the relation of both brothers also changes. These were again the laughing moments shared by the brothers, only because of the same car. For relaxing, Henry jumped into the river, but he remains calm with his boots getting filled up. For saving Henry, Lyman jumped into the river, but Henry was gone. After that Lyman was alone. He drove the car towards the bank of the River witnessing short-circuiting of wires with all going dark. There is huge impact on Lyman too as he also lost everything to the war, even without being part of it. Hence, it can be concluded that the war is very costly for everybody. The impact differs from individual to individual. In this story which example of Henry shows that he was highly impacted due to war. In the story, the two key characters commence in apparently fine way. Although there are a lot of changes that these two young men experience throughout the tale, Henry sees the biggest change because of his participation in the Vietnam War. Furthermore, this change transforms Henry’s brother, Lyman, even if not in the same manner. It is difficult to be certain of what Henry experienced being a prisoner of war. From what common awareness one has of the Vietnam War, it has got to be a really awful experience. As people returned to home, there was a clear-cut change in their behaviours.