Summary Of The Things They Carry By Tim OBrien

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The Psychological lens further examines the behavior and mindset of a character within a stories text, in order to unveil the deeper meaning. In the story, “The Things They Carry” the protagonist of the story, “Tim O’brien” gives the audience an insight upon his traumatic experience in Vietnam, as well as the memories he recalls before being drafted into the military. Focusing more specifically on the fourth chapter, It’s clear that he suffers from either his confusion, guilt, anxiety, as well as his shame for attempting to flee from his very own responsibilities. When relating to the Psychological Lens, what state of mind was the author in while the text was written? Focusing our prior knowledge about the main character of the story, we …show more content…

You have to head for the infantry unit and help spill the blood. And you have to bring along your wife, or your kids, or your lover,a law, I thought (Pg. 42, O’brien).” Likewise, I’d also insist to mention the heavy opposition and disgust O’brien reflected upon himself as he recalled working in the slaughterhouse before he began his service. Carrying the draft notice in his pocket, he spent his remaining days surrounded by death. The strongest interpretation I received from his isolation and disgust, was how he related this environment to his mere experience in the war. Not being able to get rid of the aroma of blood, trauma and death off of him. “Even after a hot bath, scrubbing hard, the stink was always there--like old bacon, or sausage, a dense greasy pig-stink that soaked deep into my skin and hair (Pg. 42, O’brien).” Personally, This relates more to life in war It occurs to me that once you have experienced a traumatic event, dealing with death or witnessing someone's death, you simply cannot unsee it. However, his mental dilemma begins to occur once he finds himself taking a ride in his father’s car feeling paralyzed, and cornered. It’s almost as if he is frightened for himself. As mentioned earlier, he felt as if he was going to be involved with fighting a war with no purpose. This leads the audience into a transition of witnessing him standing his ground when it came to opposing the war, however now he begins to realize that disagreeing with the war was not

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