The Things They Carried Essays

The Things They Carried by Tim O’brien

After reading the book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, told stories of forlorn love and of their women.  It gives the reader a very good sense of what young men experienced during the Vietnam War, even though it was a work of fiction.  The story that is very easy to read as well as the book read for this assignment.  The book  is a collection of stories told in different perspectives that when taken together becomes a novel,…

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The Things They Carried Discurse

“The Things They Carried” displays men in the heart of war trying maintain some sort of semblance of their normal lives.  The main character of the story, First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, spends a good deal of his time thinking about his love interest back at home.  In fact, the story opens by saying that he “carried letters from a girl named Martha…They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the…

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Tim O’brien

Tim O’Brien is a well-know war writer, probably the most famous war writer of our time but also a writer about relationships that disintegrate and how they do so.  His novels hinge on his own experiences in the Vietnam War or the time leading up to that experience.  But he is not a typical writer of war.  In Tim O’Brien’s novels, O’Brien blurs the lines between truth and portrayal of truth or fiction. In essence, he says that there is…

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Love and War in Tim O’brien’s the Things They Carried

In The Things They Carried, as the title indicates author and Vietnam war veteran Tim O’Brien carefully describes all of the necessities of warfare carried by the men with whom he shared the war. In addition to the weapons and gear necessary for survival they carried within themselves the images and memories of home. O’Brien describes the various articles carried by individuals as well as the heavier items they would take turns carrying. The heaviest were “the things men carried…

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The Things They Carried Analysis

The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  Specifically it will contain a brief analysis of the first chapter of the book.  O’Brien’s use of metaphors of weight and lightness throughout the story develops the reader’s understanding of the situation the soldiers in the story find themselves in. Author O’Brien fought in Vietnam and so he writes about the men and the war from experience, and it shows…

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The Things They Carried by Tim O`brien Analysis

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a collection of short stories that portrays the war of Vietnam. O’Brien while writing this collection focused on different issues related to war. He repeats many events and tries to discriminate reality from truth. O’Brien’s specific style is not a thriller. He does not write suspense or in a detective kind of voice that a reader will keep hanged about the tragic or happy ending. In fact, he informs the reader in…

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Creating Truth

Author Tim O’Brien’s classic work “The Things They Carried” is a haunting tale from the Vietnam War.  Named for the author’s focus on several token items each soldier carried with him, the story uses a series of distinct anecdotes about a handful of soldiers as a way to personify the horrors of war and the ways in which the human mind deals makes sense of it, even if these ways are not always sensible or rational.             The narrator in…

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Tim O’brien’s the Things They Carried

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a hybrid text of the personal experiences and the intense imagination of the author.  The title is a direct reference to the the stealthy travel of the Vietnamese soldiers which carried a rifle and rice during the Vietnam War.  This contrasts strikingly with the tools, weapons, and personal objects that were carried  by American soldiers. The book is actually several smaller stories which covers the beginning of the Vietnam War, the process…

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Truth in the (non ) Details

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a collection of fictional events that happened to him and his platoon during the Vietnam war. He readily admits that his writings are a mixture of fiction and truth and reality from the start, as his work is subtitled A Work of Fiction. In fact, he even writes in the book, “It’s safe to say that in a true war story nothing is ever absolutely true.” (O’Brien 82) His purpose in muddling up…

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Tim O’brien’s the Things They Carried_ an Examination of What They Carried and Why.

Introduction     The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a hybrid text of the personal experiences and the intense imagination of the author. The title is a direct reference to the the stealthy travel of the Vietnamese soldiers which carried a rifle and rice during the Vietnam War. This contrasts strikingly with the tools, weapons, and personal objects that were carried by American soldiers. The book is actually several smaller stories which covers the beginning of the Vietnam War,…

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Tim O’brien’s the Things They Carried_ Symbolism

            The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a hybrid text of the personal experiences and the intense imagination of the author.  It is about the Vietnam War and the effects on the mind, body, and soul not just of men but as a nation as a whole.  O’Brien writing depends on the use of symbols to aggressively portray what the war was like and the after effects.  O’Brien uses symbolism in the form of content, structure, and characters…

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Tim O’brien’s _the Things They Carried_

Introduction There is a thin line between fact and fiction.  This is particularly true in Tim O’Brien’s THE THINGS THEY CARRIED.  Tim O’Brien expertly dealt with words as he described the atrocities of war in this book. Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” goes beyond the usual fare of war fiction. As a matter of fact it goes beyond fiction despite the fact that the author labeled it as “a work of fiction” on the title page.  The book is…

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The Things They Carried_ Character Analysis Lt. Jimmy Cross

An unnamed narrator describes in third person the thoughts and actions of Jimmy Cross, the lieutenant of an Army unit on active combat duty in the Vietnam War. Lt. Cross is preoccupied by thoughts of Martha, a young woman he dated before he joined the Army. He thinks about letters she wrote him; he thinks about whether or not she is a virgin; he thinks about how much he loves her and wants her to love him. Her letters do…

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Emotions in the Things They Carried

In his story “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien, enlightens the reader with the many faces and emotions of men. Although men are normally thought upon as the stronger of the two sexes; physically and emotionally, O’Brien lets us realize that this is not so. Men are weak in even the strongest of situations. And in this case, the situation is war. War is the main theme of the story. Masculinity in the story The ‘soldiers’ mentioned are victims of…

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They Carried the Truth

Tim O’Brien uses a unique narrative style as he, the narrator, details the lives of the men from his platoon in the Things They Carried.  It is more about the men (and what happens to their minds) who fought the Vietnam war than the war itself, and even though O’Brien admits that the stories are not true, they certainly could be. The novel is about the lives of the men in Jimmy Cross’ platoon during the Vietnam war, as narrated…

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