The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

903 WordsApr 25, 20164 Pages
For many years war has been a huge part of history. Thousands of people go to war for their country and come back physically fine. But what people usually do not notice is the emotional distress and burden that the veterans come back with on their back. That is what drives the purpose of the book in “The things they carried”. Tim O’Brien wrote this book in way that shows how war can be part of the soldier for the rest of their life. Coming home veterans have to deal with individual sufferings, but the emotional baggage the soldiers bring also effect the people around them. The characters in the book the “The things they carried” portray this very well. Once soldiers are home, they deal with a lot of mental distress. That is so because when they are at war soldiers must undergo extreme stress on the battlefield. “Among the consequences of war, the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the most significant” (Murphy and Lakshminarayana). Soldiers have to witness killings and sometimes witness their partner being killed as well. In “The things they carried” Jensen is a character that tumbles into the mental problem, PTSD. Jensen breaks Strunk’s nose just because he is missing a jackknife (O’Brien 63). That is because the chaos of the war is bottled up inside of Jenson and is making him break. That is causing him to react at stupid situations. In a study conducted by R. Srinivasa Murphy and Rashmi Lakshminarayana, forty-two percent of the individuals
Open Document