The pages of American history is stained with one of the most controversial and widely discussed debacles ‘The Vietnam War’ which even in these modern times arouses passionate feelings in the hearts of the Americans. …
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The Vietnam War sparked off or gave birth to a burst of literary talent that ranged from fiction to non- fiction and which was mostly written by the very people who had served the country with their lives on the wars frontline. The stories that were written were cathartic in nature as it was more personal and contained pain and emotional outrage.
One such touching story was penned by Tim O’Brien and was titled – “The Things They carried. The book mirrors a series of short stories gleaned from the lives of the soldiers, who were at the epicenter of this whirlpool of pain, disillusionment and war. O’Brien deftly moves in and out from the past to the present giving a vivid description of the misery of the people and the destruction that this war had caused.
“The Things They carried” is a graphic representation of an emotionally charged scenario of the senseless and heartless war that took place in Vietnam of O’Brien was a part of and hence had first hand knowledge of the painful happenings. In the author’s own words - “I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why the story truth is truer sometimes than happening truth” (203).
The main idea differently presented throughout the book, is that the real truth is sometimes vague to be represented literary. As an author the events are sometimes recreated, but that does not make them less true. In that matter, the truth of war is especially applied in this context. Though various excerpts from the text can be interpreted in a way that can contribute to that truth, a specific event repeatedly mentioned through the book is taken into consideration, which is the death of Kiowa whose story is related many times to emphasize the fact of truth.
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The author successfully brings to fore the burden of intangible things that the soldiers carried in their mind, while superficially alluding to the regular accouterments they had to carry, when on march. The story is imbued with much symbolism and irony. The Things they Carried: a Summary Review The Things they Carried is a gripping short story by Tim O’Brien that delves on the experiences of a platoon of the American soldiers deployed in the Vietnam War.
The Things They Carried is an influential reflection regarding the incidents experienced by the foot soldiers in Vietnam War. It is a collection of short stories written by Tim O'Brien, in which the first story is also named as The Things They Carried. In this story, the writer launches the characters that continue to appear throughout the collection of stories.
The author presents himself as a Protagonist based on complicated fiction in the form of an autobiography. To fully praise the quality of writing, the readers must first realize that the story is fictional rather than based on historical accounts (O'Brien, n.p.).
Nobody hears nothing".
For Tim O'Brien, war is brutal and senseless; it is a sharp divergence between civilian and military society, between home front and battlefront. During the first weeks of war, civilian youths are transformed into soldiers. They form cohesive male fighting groups, bands of brothers.
This story vividly depicts inner state of the characters during wartime and their living essentials such as fear, kindness, love, and uncertainty. These things are so important for them as ammunition during wartime, because they help the main heroes to overcome depression and difficulties they face with.
A major theme of the book is set up in the title story, and O’Brien continues to explore this theme of physical and emotional weight as burden throughout the collection. As he shows in the book, from before