The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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Our introduction stated that in “The Things They Carried,” author Tim O’Brien tells us not directly of the soldiers of Vietnam, or the situations they find themselves in, but about the things they carry on their shoulders and in their pockets. These “things” identify the characters and bring them to life." I find that to be true as the author unfolds the stories about war and the uncommon things one carries in to war both inadvertently and on purpose. As it was noted: "Stories about war – especially today – usually emphasize heroism and supporting our troops. Yet, these are completely absent in “The Things They Carried,” again I find this to be true also. In attempting to Analyze why there is an absence of heroism and heroic acts in “The Things They Carried” I discovered that the author comes at his stories from a completely different view point and it is complex. Example: he names himself as a fictional character and a Protagonist. Although this is a fictional story it reads like a biography or a set of memory 's from the war in Vietnam, in which all the stories connect. An unnamed narrator describes in third person the thoughts and actions of Lt. Jimmy Cross, a lieutenant in the Army. Lt. Cross thoughts are of a woman named Martha, who he dated, her letters seem to serve somewhat as torture as he wonders if she feel the same way about him as he does about her, the letter give him no clue and make him wonder even more. Lt. Cross is a inexperienced, somewhat
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