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
Disembodiment in The Things They Carried With some knowledge of war, one can begin to appreciate Tim O' Brien's The Things They Carried. But when the work is viewed in its strict historical context, another layer of meaning rises to the surface. Tim O' Brien is a veteran; as a result there are many things he takes for granted (or so we think) and does not tell us. America's involvement in the Vietnam war resulted from internal domestic politics rather than from the national spirit.
The Actual War Scenario - Vietnam War The Things They Carried, is a novel based on the Vietnam War, and the book reveals the truth of the war as the author remembers the war after twenty one years and snows his guilt and emotions for the war. The Things They Carried, belongs high on the list of the best fiction about any war... crystallizes the Vietnam experiences for everyone and exposes the nature of all war stories.( New York Times, "Book of the Century"). Tim O 'Brien, the author
O’Brien use The Things They Carried to cope with the psychological impact of his experience in the war? In “The Things They Carried” Tim O’Brien uses this story as a coping mechanism; to tell part of his stories and others that are fiction from the Vietnamese War. This is shown by using a fictions character’s voice, deeper meaning in what soldier’s carried, motivation in decision making, telling a war story, becoming a new person and the outcome of a war in one person. Tim O’ Brien uses a
Tim O’Brien’s use of fictionalized writing in the delivery of “The Things They Carried” was the best writing style possible for a war story. Fiction, as opposed to a more conventional historical account, allows him to paint a more realistic portrayal of soldiers’ actual combat experience during the Vietnam conflict by use of imagery, real life accounts, and third person omniscient point of view. “The Things They Carried” is a story that I can personally relate to because of my service in the United
Trauma in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, mentioned “...all theorists agree that the process of recovery from trauma must involve a narrativization of traumatic event--putting a sensory images into words in order to integrate trauma into a person 's life story” (186). However, without reading Cathy Caruth’s Trauma, readers will not understand that not only integrating trauma into a narrative will help them recover but it also allows the witness apprehend their flashbacks into meaning. Flashbacks