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The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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The Things They Carried is more than a story of physical warfare during the Vietnam War, but the battle of inner demons as well. In his novel, Tim O’ Brien takes us deep within the lives of his semi-fictional platoon in the midst of the Vietnam War in which he elaborates upon the harsh realities soldiers faced every day. O’ Brien claims, “They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.” We see here that O’ Brien’s main purpose in writing his novel was to show the reader that the weight of the emotional toll was equivalent if not greater than the physical effects of war. The Vietnam War was an emotionally taxing experience for the soldiers, causing them to live in a false sense of reality, which tested their morals, and ultimately affected their psychological well-being. One of the largest forms of superstition known to human-kind is the bible and the numerous books that unfold within its pages. The stories told are those of a supernatural power whose actions, generosity, and disposition on life give people hope and shines a light when their life is darkest. Much like the bible, the soldiers of the Vietnam War had their own system of beliefs that eased the burden of reality. Many used grunt lingo or jargon as a way to disguise what was actually happening around them . According to O’ Brien, the soldiers were actors as much as fighters, using words like greased, offed, lit up, and zapped among other
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