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O’Brien at first feels is positioned to join that war but cannot make the rational decision despite being in convention to the war at some points.
He therefore, feels being compelled unwisely by the community to flee to Vietnam to fight the war he believes is uncalled for. O’Brien even thought of eloping to Canada to hide, but the fear shame of losing the respect of the community and his family makes stay put. Such a deadlock is hastened by O’Brien’s imagination of the people he had heard gossiping about him in the local café. Further, the author struggles with his rage resulting from the lack of view with respect to those influencing his actions (OBrien 34). Further, we see O’Brien burst into tears while in the boat together with Elroy because he feels he should run to Canada but contradictive concluding his match to the war since he is embarrassed never to fail. The decision is never O’Brien’s but arises from the fear of shame both for the family and the community.
O’Brien’s personal experience indicates that the fear of being shamed in the presence of one’s peers is a dominant motivating factor in war. The history, ‘On the Rainy River” illustrates his moral quandary upon receiving his draft notice. O’Brien was also hesitant to fight in a war he is convinced unjust; however, he fears being perceived as a coward. Therefore, the traditional motivating factors for fighting in a war keeps him from fleeing into Canada. It is never the patriotism and decision that bars him from fleeing. The concern over what his family and community will think of him if he fails to fight is his key drivers into the war. Such an experience is emblematic of the conflict, explored throughout the ‘The Things They Carried’. The misguided anticipations of a cohort of individual significance to a character and that the uncertainty of a particular with respect to a proper course of action.
The fear of shame not only motivates men’s
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The author uses his personal experience on the war in veatnum to form the backbone of his theme line. Though the protagonist shares a name with him he stylistically differentiates himself from the protagonists. Through the story he reveals that some of the events that happens in the war front cannot be admitted to through they can be disclosed where he cited his responsibility in the death of Kiowa.
The story follows the title by offering an inventory list of the objects the soldiers carry, including ammunitions, survival tools, and emotional burdens.
O'Brien's story is intriguing as it presents not only the brutality of the war, but it also depicts how war dehumanizes the soldiers.
In the book The Things They Carried author Tim O'Brien paints a picture of a group of soldiers in the Vietnam war that are struggling to maintain their dignity through the items that they carry. These personal belongings remind them of imagined loved ones, unreal security, or in the case of Tim Lavender a sentence to death from the tranquilizers that he was addicted to.
“The Things They Carried’ is based on the theme of psychological pressure caused by war time and military actions. This theme is depicted through material and emotional things the soldiers carry. O’Brien serviced two years in the infantry (1969-1970) and participated in one of the cruelest military operations near village My Lai Massacre (1968).
Through the work, he was attempting to develop a new form for his writing which he had never invented before. This research paper intends to find out the innovative strategy of the writer in presenting the various self-governing chapters or stories in an organized and unified entity.
In this book he has used the theme of 'metafiction', which is an act of writing about writing (for example - memories of writer). It tells the readers that the stories, which are in the fictional form, can sometimes be more realistic. These stories are partly fictional and partly based on his real life experiences.
The photo of his girlfriend is the only thing which helps him to overcome depression and emotional burden. Thus, Tim O'Brien points out that Ted's romantic relationships with the girlfriend are over, still Lieutenant Cross hopes for love and sympathy.
Lieutenant Cross expresses his love and romantic feelings to Martha, thus he knows that she has other boyfriends and will not wait him for too long.
Jimmy Cross fantasizes about developing a serious relationship with Martha but it appears that the romance stems more from his imagination than reality. As a result, he holds on to the objects Martha has given him and imagines that as Martha herself: he would caress and lick the pebble, imagining he is in fact kissing Martha.
The title of the book is in reference to the items carried by the soldier for survival in the new territory, which lies for them. These items hold a lot of value for them, as they are a symbolic representation of memories back home. This book provides an insight into the emotions of those brave soldiers who try their best to hide it from their mates, as they don't want them to look foolish.
This paper will discuss the way of life in the Vietnam War, as described by Tim O’Brien, altered, warped, mutated, changed or reaffirmed the commonly-held/historically based on the definition of the concept of ‘friendship’. There are three types of friendship namely (1) utilitarian; (2) pleasure; and (3) character.
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