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The Things They Carried
Transcript of The Things They Carried
USA and South Vietnamese attempted to stop the spread of communism in Vietnam
Many thought the US had no chance
US Government lost American's support The Real Tim O'Brien Everyone Carries Burdens: Emotional and Physical O'Brien's Purpose Shell Shock from Vietnam Tim O'brien's Beliefs Opposed the idea of war
Went to Peace vigils
Knew he had to go into war due to moral beliefs By: Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried Born on October 1, 1946
Raised in Worthington, Minnesota
College years O'Brien tried to ignore the Vietnam War
Accepted to a Ph. D program at Harvard University
School of Government
Received draft notice two weeks after Graduation
Escaped to Canada
Entered military even though he was against it
Quang Ngai Province is where he served; Later became the setting for "The Things They Carried"
Wounded and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, and Combat Infantry Badge
Southwest Texas State University Writing Professor About "The Things They Carried" About the Vietnam War Protagonist-- Tim O'Brien
Ted Lavender's death
Lieutenant Jimmy Cross & Martha
"On the Rainy River
Lee Strunk & Dave Jenson in "Friends"
Nowman Bowker in "Speaking of Courage"
"The Man I Killed" & "Ambush"
"The Lives of The Dead" Important Points Physical burdens underscore emotional burdens Henry Dobbins carries his
girlfriend’s pantyhose and, with them,
the longing for love and comfort.
Jimmy Cross carries compasses and maps and with them the responsibility for the men in his charge.
O'Brien deals with his burdens by sharing them in stories Those who live carry guilt, grief, and confusion, and many of the stories in the novel are about these survivors’ attempts to figure out their experience [Jimmy Cross&Norman Bowkers] O'Brien's Structure Flashback The novel was written through many flash backs and stories told my the other men. Unconventional No clear timeline or conventional first person view.
Shifts from view points due to the flash back “War is hell, but that's not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.” “But this too is true: stories can save us.” “They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight. They carried shameful memories. They carried the common secret of cowardice.... Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to.” Daphne Cable Historical Fiction Book Project
December 31, 2012 Works Cited: http://www.illyria.com/tobhp.html
http://tttc11-2.blogspot.com/2011/05/vietnam-war-tim-obriens-perspective_10.html http://history1900s.about.com/od/vietnamwar/a/vietnamwar.htm O'Brien's purpose of this novel is to describe to the audience what life is like after the war and just how much it can change a person. Vietnam War Quang Ngai Bambou Canal French Aerial Photo 1950