Dialectical Journal- The Things They Carried and Into the Wild

4405 Words Jan 16th, 2015 18 Pages
Lily Cooke
AP Lang
Summer Dialectical Journal

The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien

1) “They carried the soldier’s greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. It was what had brought them to the war in the first place, nothing positive, no dreams of glory or honor, just to avoid the blush of dishonor. They died so as not to die of embarrassment” (O’Brien 20). This quote in the first chapter of the book sets the overall tone. The author Tim O’Brien uses his language through out the book in an extremely straightforward manner. He does not sugar coat the way going to war and being in a war is. He does not use stories of heroes,
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While on the other hand, Jensen let Strunk live, which did not follow through with their agreement. Either choice that Jensen could’ve made he takes all the blame. This proves how even though Jensen should be mourning the death of his friend; his first thought was that Strunk would’ve ended up dead either way. This, in Dave Jensen’s eyes, verifies that he did not make the wrong choice. O’Brien quickly jumps to Strunk’s death in this paragraph. At first, he describes Strunk being taken away by the helicopter and then straight after, this quote was written. Throughout this novel, O’Brien’s usage of language and his own style are concise and clear. He quickly jumps to Strunk’s death because there was nothing else left to be said. The most important message to get across to the reader is the sense of guilt that

4) “He was a slim, dead, almost dainty young man of about twenty. He lay one leg bent beneath him, his jaw in his throat, his face neither expressive nor inexpressive. One eye was shut. The other was a star-shaped hole” (O’Brien 124).

blinds the rest of the events and occurrences when at war. O’Brien clearly shows the reader this when Dave Jensen was blinded by his own guilt and felt better when his friend passed away. I admired how O’Brien in one simple quote said so much about how guilt controls a soldier during war.

O’Brien is
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