"The Things They Carried" Essays and Research Papers

  • The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried in “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien In “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien the theme of “carrying” both physical and emotional objects by the main characters can be found in the novel. While these men carry the same standard physical army gear, they differentiate with personal tangible and intangible items. From Lieutenant Cross’s responsibility of his men, to Henry Dobbin’s girlfriend’s pantyhose for its magic, each man faced the war with these things attached...

    AfterLife, Death, Man 1141  Words | 3  Pages

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    O’Brien’s own images and past experiences he encountered in the Vietnam War gave him inspiration to write the story “The Things They Carried.” O’Brien tells the story in third person narrative form about Lt. Jimmy Cross and his platoon of young American men in the Vietnam War. In “The Things They Carried” we can see differences and similarities between the characters by the things they hold close to them. In this critical review I would like to critique Tim O’Brien’s characterization. O’Brien’s expression...

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    In the novel “The Things They Carried” written by Tim O’Brien, he discusses the weapons and equipment’s that each American soldier carried during the Vietnam War. The things that the soldiers carried with them are both tangible and intangible. What these items are depends upon each of the soldiers. They carried the basic necessities in order for survival and the bare minimum to make life as livable as possible. However, they also carried with them fear and memories. It is the intangible items like...

    Army, Emotion, Feeling 1399  Words | 4  Pages

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    “The Things They Carried” Thesis Statement: In “The Things They Carried,” the soldier uses physical objects to calm their secret fears. This symbolizes emotions, spiritual burdens within the objects that symbolize times, places, and also what they feared. Another thing we are not aware of is when the author mentions dust which is a constant reminder to the soldiers that they are not safe. In this short story the narrator wanted to express the loneliness the soldiers felt and distressed because...

    Army, Fiction, Guerrilla warfare 820  Words | 3  Pages

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    Nick Grainger Eng 112 March 16, 2004 The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien was an infantryman in during Vietnam War. He used those experiences to write many short stories including The Things They Carried. The story portrays how, "the things they carried" were weightless in comparison to their feelings of love and loss, fear and shame, and the torturous memories of death. "They all carried emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing- these were intangibles, but the intangibles...

    Lieutenant, Love 1105  Words | 3  Pages

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    English 102 1 February 2013 The Burden In The Things They Carried “The Things They Carried”, a short story written by Tim O’Brien, displays an unfolding sequence of events that strongly examines the physicical, psychological, and emotional damage the soldiers beared during the Vietnam War. Not only did they carry the weapons needed for battle, but they carried personal items to get them through the rough times. The story might seem like a never-ending list of the physical belongings...

    Army, Cold War, Emotion 1101  Words | 3  Pages

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    The Things They Carried Report “The Things They Carried” was a story about soldiers caught in the confusion of the Vietnam War. There are a lot of apparent themes that are dealt with when writing a story about war, especially about death. I enjoyed reading this story; however there were some things about it that I was concerned about. I would like to discuss the author’s style of writing, his meaning of the title “The Things They Carried” and the way the author and his characters deal with death...

    Army, Cold War, Death 1115  Words | 3  Pages

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    “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien is a short story base on the lives of a group of soldiers during the later years of the war in Vietnam. In this story, O’Brien examines the burdens of the soldiers and the effects that these burdens can have on man in life-threatening situations. The author describes these burdens referring to the weight that the soldiers carry. These soldiers have to go trough great physical strain but also mental and emotional difficulties that weigh them down immeasurably...

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    Major Works Data Sheet: “The Things They Carried” Title: “The Things They Carried” | Author: “Tim O’Brien” | Genre: Fiction | Date Published: 1990 | Plot summary: First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is in love with a junior in college named Martha while he is in the middle of a war in Vietnam. While he travels around, he and Martha write letters to each other, in which he writes with love and she just writes back as a friend. Throughout the story, O’Brien lists all of the supplies they all carry...

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    Spring Book Review In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien tells the tale of not about war, but rather about war’s effect on one’s mentality. Ultimately, this novel is built on a foundation of the items that the soldiers of the Vietnam War carried. Whether it was the way Jimmy Cross uses the pebble to escape from his duties as a soldier or when Norman Bowker realizes that courage comes form within, not from receiving a Silver Star; O’Brien uses baggage as a symbol throughout the book to teach...

    Army, Cold War, Guerrilla warfare 1403  Words | 4  Pages

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    story an example of this is Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried". As the story goes on it shows not only the literal meaning of what they carried but also symbolically the burdens that they had mentally. In the literal sense O'Brien talks about what different members of a platoon in Vietnam carried. This helps him to move to a more symbolic sense at the end of the story. He starts by talking about necessities and slowly moves on to what they carried to remind them that there was a world out side...

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    The things they carried,by Tim O'brien "Oh man, you fuckin' trashed the fucker. You scrambled his sorry self, look at that, you did, you laid him out like fuckin' Shredded Wheat." I chose to start off my essay with this particular exert from the book because I think that it very much represents the story in itself. Azar said this, after Tim (supposedly) killed a Vietnamese soldier with a hand grenade. It shows that in times of war, how callous men can become. However, callousness varies,...

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    consequences for this war were grave and dire. Millions from both sides lost their lives for a seemingly unreasonable cause. In his novel "The Things They Carried", Tim O'Brien changes the glorified way in which media and textbooks portray war, telling gruesome stories illustrating the irreparable damage war inflicts on the lives of young soldiers. The "things" the characters carry both concrete and emotional. Woefully, the ladder catapults the men into a lifetime of struggling to cope with the crushing...

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    Intro: “They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.” In The Things They Carried, O’Brien suggests that the soldiers do not just carry physical items but also emotional loads which burden them more so than anything the war conjures factually. The three soldiers that carry this theme the most throughout the story are Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, and the story version of Tim O’Brien. 1.       Jimmy Cross, as the leader...

    A Story, Blame, Guilt 1107  Words | 3  Pages

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    The story I chose is “The Things They Carried” by the author Tim O’Brien. In the course of this essay I will highlight the physical and intangible “burdens” required by a soldier to overcome war which are of vital importance to inhibit the outcomes of a state of devastation. The story gives us insights about what each soldier carried to the combat zone and this was largely determined by necessities, but each man differed in their necessity. It gives a picture of the things a soldier needs to meet his...

    Army, Emotion, Emotions and culture 1505  Words | 4  Pages

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    Worth The Weight? “War is hell,” a famous quote from General William Tecumseh Sherman. In The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, we perceive the hell that men in war undergo. This enticing story is about the personal, mental, and physical hardships of soldiers in the Vietnam War. The title is revealing to the story itself by describing the items the soldiers carried. The tangible items that they lugged around are listed to the reader, but we are also shown the emotional burdens that lay deep in...

    Anxiety, Claustrophobia, Emotion 2065  Words | 5  Pages

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    Christian Hernandez Professor Sarah Cantrell English 1102 “The Things They Carried”: Emotional side The story of "The Things They Carried" written by Tim O’Brien gives a good outlook on how the Soldiers feel and think during the war . The story describes the different things that the soldiers carry with them while at war. O’Brien talks about the different items in great detail such as weight, color, shape and size but he also gives extraordinary details about not only their personalities...

    Emotion, Feeling, Love 1832  Words | 5  Pages

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    The text, ‘The Things They Carried', is an excellent example which reveals how individuals are changed for the worse through their first hand experience of war. Following the lives of the men both during and after the war in a series of short stories, the impact of the war is accurately portrayed, and provides a rare insight into the guilt stricken minds of soldiers. ‘The Things They Carried' shows the impact of the war in its many forms: the suicide of an ex-soldier upon his return home; the lessening...

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    The Things They Carried: Ideas for Researched Writing (#2) Tim O’ Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” received very positive reviews from critics. The review that stood out to me the most was by Richmond Times-Dispatch from Powells Books. I also gathered a few other analyses that have similar reactions but different interpretations. A review by John Greenya in the book reviews section of The Washington Times. I also found two independent reviews intriguing. One by Julie Moore, submitted...

    Bismuth-209, Book review, Hal Moore 956  Words | 3  Pages

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    Nikita Keenan 7/14/12 Throughout Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, the persona of the author often serves as a medium between the translation of emotion felt by characters in the story to the reader of the book. By developing fictitious versions of events that transpired while serving in the Vietnam War, O’Brien’s character is able to revive memories from the past as well as spark feelings of understanding and empathy in others. Surprisingly, the tone of the narrator rarely peals...

    A Story, Army, Emotion 1764  Words | 5  Pages

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    English 102 2 October 2011 What Defines a Person by The Things They Carry The author is Tim O’Brien The Things they Carried written in 1986. The story is told by the author almost 20 years after the Vietnam war, it tells a story of men in combat and the things they carried before, during and after the war and how many of the things the soldiers carried help to shape and define their lives. In life people are defined by the things they carry like social class, education or lack of; race,...

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    In the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien the author tells about his experiences in the Vietnam war by telling various war stories. The quote, "It has been said of war that it is a world where the past has a strong grip on the present, where machines seemed sometimes to have more will power than me, where nice boys (girls) were attracted to them, where bodies ruptured and burned and stand, where the evil thing trying to kill you could look disconnecting human and where except in your imagination...

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    Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a very uniquely written book. This book is comprised of countless stories that, though are out of order, intertwine and capture the reader’s attention through the end of the novel. This book, which is more a collection of short stories rather than one story that has a beginning and an end, uses a format that will keep the reader coming back for more. Typically, a novel contains four basic parts: a beginning, middle, climax, and the end. The beginning...

    Fiction, First-person narrative, Narrative 1274  Words | 3  Pages

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    Angel Caisapanta Professor Wells English 1102 14 February, 2011 “The Things They Carried” In the short story “The Things They Carried,” written by Tim O’Brien, there is a lot of symbolism in each specific object that was mentioned. According to Dictionary.com, a symbolism is the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character. A symbol is something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something...

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    Robert LaMache Professor Story 3 December 2012 ENG112-R1 “The Things They Carried” Throughout author Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”, one sees how tangible items help the soldiers cope with the horrors of war. The short story is set during the Vietnam War and follows the lives of the Alpha Company, a group of U.S soldiers. Some soldiers in the story are given items to carry specific to their job and rank in the military. For example the main character, First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross...

    Army, Cold War, Luck 1132  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried Throughout his novel, the things The Carried, author Tim O’Brien uses a plethora of strategies to give the reader a deeper incite into the day to day life of an American ground soldier during the Vietnam War. O’ Brian shares with us his extensive knowledge and first hand experiences throughout the novel. Being a veteran of the Vietnam War helps O ‘Brian gives us a look into American’s longest war, not often given. Aside from recalling past events, he uses many unique...

    Army, Cold War, English-language films 1131  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Things They Carried

    to coin a profit and entertain the masses. Commercial fiction usually portrays the perfect life and allows the reader to escape his or her own reality and often closes with a “fairy tale” ending (Arp and Johnson 62). The short story “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien is an example of literary fiction. This piece of literature is literary fiction because the story forces the reader to reflect about modern issues such as war and obsession, provides deep symbolism throughout the text, and...

    Fiction, Genre fiction, History of literature 1176  Words | 3  Pages

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    The Things They Carried Essay             In the book The Things They Carried guilt plays a huge role in how the men react and carry themselves. How does the guilt affect the men and how they carry themselves?  In the book, the men in Alpha Company felt guilt for many things. Some felt guilty from killing while others from letting people get killed. In a way everyone feels guilty from something different, but yet they are feeling the same. Some of the men take the guilt in different ways some write...

    Feeling, Guilt, Mind 1084  Words | 3  Pages

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    Leonard Cheah 814725425 “Material Allies” In the short story The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross leads a band of his men through the hills and swamps of Vietnam while dealing with the psychological agony of both his love for Martha and the safety of his men. In wartime however, it is known that your fellow man is anything from safe. Much of the men have camaraderie, but know that at any moment the person sitting next to them could be killed. This is where the...

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    Cassandra Reed S. Matthews Comp II 3 March 2014 The Things They Carried The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien is a collection of twenty-two short stories about the mental and physical endeavors that the American soldiers in the Vietnam War that comes together in one short novel. In this collection O’ Brien often blurs the lines between fiction and reality in order to push the reader to sympathize with the soldiers as they carry guilt, shame, cowardice, malice, and confusion. Many of the...

    Army, Cold War, Fiction 1190  Words | 4  Pages

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    The Things They Carried Theme Analysis Essay Student name: _______________________________________________________ Teacher: Hayes/Schierholz Deadline: Wednesday, October 6th 2010 Date Paper Submitted: ______________________ Criteria Points 4-6 7 8 9-10 Thesis or Main Idea No clear thesis is present Thesis is present, yet it lacks relevance and detail. Also, thesis is NOT developed throughout paper Thesis is...

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    The Way They Survived by The short story I chose to write my essay on is "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. The soldiers in the story had to deal with not only accepting the deaths of those they became close with, but also dealing with the knowledge that they took another human beings' life. The author shows how they had to carry not only their equipment; but the emotions that came along with being in a war. The emotions I speak of are ones that come from knowing they were mere grunts-and...

    Can't Help Falling in Love, Death, Emotion 1524  Words | 4  Pages

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    Brandon Wagner Mrs. Krasicki A.P. English 11 May 27, 2014 What is a true war story? One that tells of death and gloom, or one that defends the peaceful front? The Things They Carried written by Tim O’Brien explains to the world of readers what a true war story is. O’Brien tells these stories with different tones depending on which recollection; it is light and hopeful during “Love” or dark and hopeless within “The Man I Killed.” To create these works he uses imagination and invention to describe...

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    Literary Analsysis Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is a story that portrays his feelings about his experience in the Vietnam War. There are stories of these men, about their lives in Vietnam and when they were back at home. Throughout this novel, these men helped each other cope with issues and it shows a true sign of brotherhood. Because of the strong graphic descriptions, readers tend to have sadness and sympathy for them. “The things they carried were largely determined by necessity” (O’Brien...

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    Tim O’Brien compiles a series of incredibly confronting stories, which explore the depths of just how horrific the Vietnam War was, as well as creating new viewpoints on already conventional ideas. “The things they carried” uses verisimilitude to more accurately tell the stories of what occurred in Vietnam. The ideas of war, death and gender are given a significant alteration to how they are perceived. War has many common associations such as there is a winner or a distinct purpose, however Vietnam...

    Army, Emotion, Female 1195  Words | 3  Pages

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    https://suite.io/jaclyna-perez/1mxf20f Theme of Tim O'Brien "The Things They Carried" Fear is an underlying theme in "The Things They Carried." Lavendar, Kiowa, Lt. Cross, and the soldiers illustrate different types of fear. Jaclyna PerezJaclyna Perez B.A. in English Soldiers All the men in Vietnam carried physical burdens, from the packs on their backs to their weapons and ammunition. However, they carried intangible burdens as well. In Tim O’Brien’s short story, there is an underlying theme...

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    Parth Verma ENGH 201 Seward 2/27/2013 Essay 1: The Things They Carried If you went to war would you have the courage, the strength, the morality or lack thereof to kill someone? To kill someone you didn’t even know, someone who had done no harm to you? Tim O’Brian’s “The Things They Carried” is about a young man who faces the struggles and hardships of going off to war. But this isn’t your normal war story about acts of valor and happy endings. Instead, this emotional book takes us on a...

    Army, KILL, Male 1087  Words | 3  Pages

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    Randolph “Andre” Rivera Mrs. Moreland English 11 April 16, 2012 The Things They Carried In the book, The Things They Carried written by Tim O’Brien, the challenges faced by war are explained in the form of stories. The effects that war can have on a soldier in Vietnam are not solely limited to the physical state, but also the mental state, as is shown when O’Brien introduces the character Mary Anne Bell in chapter nine. The corruption that war brought to an individual’s life led to...

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     The Things They Carried By Tim O’Brien Describe your speaker. What do you know about him/her? What do you NOT know about him/her? What makes your speaker an effective story teller? What character in the novel do you believe to be the least effective? Why? How does the speaker relate to this character? I know that the speaker is conscious of what he writes about, meaning that he knows he writes only about the Vietnam War and that it has consumed his writing career yet can’t...

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  • The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried What seems like a true account of his time in war, Tim O'Brien makes The Things They Carried a generalization of his own experiences in Vietnam. Through the actions of soldiers we can begin to explore the effect war has on the human condition and the toll it plays on their minds. O'Brien makes shame and physical and emotional burdens motivation. He also plays around with the idea of ambiguous truth and how to tell true war stories. That the difference between the "happening...

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    Significance of title - the significance of the title metaphorically explains everything they carried on their back. for example all the courage, strength, will, and even what they literally carried on their back. ! ! historical period - the historical period is from the late 1960s of the Vietnam war & also the narrators past ! ! genre/characteristics - war stories/Vietnam war ! ! protagonist - Tim O’ Brien - O’ Brien believes that he is more obligated to his family and country more...

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    story and telling you what each carried. Though many items that the soldiers toted were identical, each soldier was unique. Henry Dobbins is the big guy, so he carries extra food along with a heavy machine gun and his girlfriend's pantyhose. Kiowa carries a hatchet which he can use to hunt if necessary, along with a Holy Bible and a pair of moccasins. Ted Lavender, who is too anxious to face the war, carries tranquilizer pills and marijuana. Mitchell Sanders carried brass knuckles, condoms, and...

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    an example of a simile. Similes use like and as to make explicit comparisons between unlike things, such as eyes and stars. Metaphor Her eyes were pools of liquid light. Again, her eyes are literally human eyes. Figuratively, they are being compared to pools of liquid light. However, the comparison is implied, not stated. This is an example of a metaphor. Unlike similes, metaphors compare unlike things without explicitly stating the comparison with “like” or “as.” Personification Her eyes followed...

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    good luck charm to Lieutenant Cross. Instead, that pebble was the biggest distraction to Cross so far. When she found the pebble she wrote to him, “…Found the pebble on the Jersey shoreline, precisely where the land touched water at high tide, where things came together but also separated” (O’Brien 4). When Martha wrote separate-but-together, it made Cross think that it was romantic, and therefore a humongous distraction. He pictured what she looked like bending over to pick up the small pebbles at...

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    and all you can do is whimper and wait.” (211) This passage has great meaning to how the soldiers felt toward one another. They did not have friends but they all knew how everyone felt because they were all simultaneously going through the same thing at the same time. The passage fits great in this novel because it gives great detail and imagery on how the characters Azar and Bobby Jorgenson felt toward one another. Strong relationships were developed and felt almost as if they were all one person...

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  • What Were the Things They Carried

    10/10/2012 ENG 112-Cox Essay Prompt 2 What Were The Things They Carried An author commonly uses literary devices in their text to both interest the audience, and to create a bigger depth to their work. In “The Things They Carried”, there are a few different elements Tim O’Brien uses to captivate his audience. Imagery, symbolism, and theme were a few of the devices he chose to use in this work. Throughout the story, he explains what the men carried, and by doing so, created a depth to this story that...

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  • Essay on the Things They Carried

    The Weight The soldiers who served during the Vietnam War carried more than their fair share of tangible and intangible items. The soldiers bore the weight of their packs, they lugged around heavy equipment, and they struggled to cope with the violence and death that surrounded them. But the heaviest item that they would bear would not be by choice at all. Every passing day that the soldiers served in this war, more weight would be added to this item. When the time came for the soldiers to...

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  • The Things They Carried Chapter Analysis

    The Things They Carried: Chapter 1 Significant Quote: “In the accompanying letter, Martha wrote that she had found the pebble on the Jersey shoreline, precisely where the land touched the water at high tide, where things came together but also separated.” (8) Speaker: Tim O’Brien Audience: The reader Significance: This symbolizes Martha and Jimmy’s feelings for each other. They are separated by the war, but together in their minds. Questions: 1. What prompted the separate-but-together thought...

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  • The Things They Carried, Literary Analysis

    Connor Bickford Prof Guy ENC1102 A1 7 Mar 2013 Literary Analysis of “The Things They Carried” “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien depicts a platoon of soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was fought during the 1960/70's in the country of Vietnam. It was an unusually brutal war and many veterans suffered for years after from their traumatic experiences. The author tells of all the things they carried from weapons to the emotional burden of wartime. Short memories are recalled...

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  • They Things They Carried. Explication

    Warzone Reading the short story “The Things they carried,” by Tim O Brien, creates a mesmerizing image of a war zone. It describes the tough war times for American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. The story is a literary portrayal of the material and mental pressures on the soldiers, who strive to survive physically and mentally in the war. “The things they carried” talks about how heavily equipped are American Soldiers, and how a group of them carried numerous tools and weapons as war...

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  • The Things They Carried Summary and Response

    learned a lot more as to how to format well by writing this. I’ve gotten much better at inserting headers, footers, and page numbers. I knew how to do it before but I almost had to re-learn it every time. I only received one peer review. The main thing that was brought up was my formatting and she suggested that I relate my response back to myself more because it seemed like additional summary instead of a response. I honestly had trouble doing this because I did respond to each quote and wrote out...

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  • The Things They Carried: Rhetorical Analysis

    me the way it would others and make them feel as if they were right there with the individuals in the reading. Emily Van Hook Michael Seltzer ENGL 111-0GD March 24, 2013 “Reading and Responding” “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O'Brien (American; b. 1947), a man that resides in Minnesota has written a story to recall his time in the Vietnam War. He did not favor the war but went and completed his mission as best he could as an infantry foot soldier. After...

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  • Literary Techniques in "The Things They Carried"

    In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien uses many such techniques to provide more depth to his book. Four literary techniques used by Tim O’Brien are symbolism, pathetic fallacy, irony, and juxtaposition. One literary technique prominent in The Things They Carried, particularly in the story by the same name, is symbolism. Throughout this story, O’Brien mentions all the things that the soldiers carry with them, both physical and emotional. However, the physical items that the men carried is more...

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  • The Things They Carried Book Report

    The Things They Carried, By Tim O’Brien Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, provides an incredible realization of what life was like for an American soldier who fought in Vietnam from perspectives before, during, and after the war. The story’s power draws you in. It makes the events in the story seem real and provides the reader with a sense of what it feels like to be one of the soldiers. O’Brien’s talent as a writer made a fictional story more than believable to the reader. When reading...

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  • Analysis of "The Things They Carried" - 1

    Analysis of “The Things They Carried” 1. O’Brien’s story, “The Things They Carried,” is about a Lieutenant named Jimmy Cross mesmerizing and describing the memories he had of his fellow soldiers. Throughout the story, O’Brien talks about the love Lieutenant Cross had for a girl named Martha and the past stories of Lieutenants fellow soldiers. O’Brien went back and forth with Martha and the soldiers but most importantly, he described all the things the fellow soldiers carried with them before...

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  • Argumentative Synthesis "The Things They Carried"

    Argumentative Synthesis “The Things They Carried” Tim O’ Brien, having the memories of war engraved in his mind, recalls the memories of his youth during battle in “The Things They Carried,” an intriguing collection of military accounts that symbolize his attempt to resist closure from past experiences. O’ Brien’s story reflects the difficult choices people have to make in their struggle to confront the war waging inside their bodies as well as on the ground they tread. In Steven Kaplan’s criticism...

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  • The Things They Carried Questions

    “The Things They Carried” Questions a) The main topic of this novel is burdens. O’Brien is writing about what burdens the soldiers and he had to carry throughout war, physically and emotionally. One way I know is because of the title- “The Things They Carried.” This title almost summarizes the whole book. O’Brien frequently showed and explained the burdens that were inner conflicts of his and outer conflicts too. In the chapter “The things They Carried,” O’Brien showed an emotional burden...

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  • The Meaning of the Things They Carried

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