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The Things They Carried

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Transcript of The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

The Author
Tim O'Brien is the Author of The Things They Carried.
Tim was born October 1, 1946, he is now 67 years old.
Tim O'Brien went to Macalester College in 1968.
Tim is from Austin, Minnesota.
Tim O'Brien severed in the Vietnam War.
Tim was against war.
After He got back from the war he became a graduate from Harvard.
Genre
The genre is war fiction.

Historical Information
The Things They Carried was written about the Vietnam War.
Plot Summary
Memorable Quotes
Major Characters/Description
Tim O'Brien- Tim is the main and narrator for most of the stories in the book. Throughout this book Tim has trouble releasing his pain and anguish the he has gathered from the war.

Setting
The setting is Vietnam during the Vietnam war and small town in Massachusetts.
Themes
Courage
Significance of the opening scene
The significance of the opening scene in The Things They Carried is to provide background information about the characters, the war, and they things they carried so you can make connections and understand what is going on later in the book.
Significance of the closing scene
The closing scene Tim O'Brien brings to our attention that telling a war story isn't all about the war it is mostly about the memories and they stories that you gathered from your journey during the war.
Symbol
The Man that Tim O'Brien killed:
Even thought Tim may or may not have killed that young soldier is guilt eats him alive and it symbolizes that even though you are either an enemy or a ally your still a human being.
Kiowa- Kiowa is a very religious American Indian, Kiowa carries a tomahawk and bible is his bag when he is on patrol. Kiowa is also one who is experiencing trouble trying to express his feelings he has from the war.
Mitchell Sanders- Mitchell is the Radio Telephone Operator. He is very smart and he always tries to figure out the truth and the moral of things.
Jimmy Cross- Jimmy is a Lieutenant who is madly in love with a girl from his hometown. His love for Martha is so abundant that he cannot focus on the war. Jimmy blames himself for every time one of his platoons dies because of him being so distracted.
Taylor Phelps
Ryan Adams
Jordan Collins
Will Ricks
The war is not very popular in the United States.
The Vietnam War lasted from 1964 to 1973.
The Vietnam war started in 1964
It was the longest war in U.S. history.
The country of Vietnam was at war from 1945 to 1973
The Vietnam War was the only was every lost by America.
"It's safe to say that in a true war story nothing is ever absolutely true" (O'Brien 68).
"I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth" (O'Brien 179).
"'Once you're alive,' she'd say, 'You can't ever be dead" (O'Brien 244).
“He wished he could’ve explained some of this. How he had been braver than he ever thought possible, but how he had not been so brave as he wanted to be. The distinction was important" (O'Brien 153).
"The things they carried were largely determined by necessity" (O'Brien 2).
In "
The Things They Carried", The United States was involved in the war in Vietnam. The soldiers all carried the necessity's they need in order to survive, they also carry some personal things. An example of this is Lieutenant Jimmy Cross caries a photo of a girl that his is madly in love with named Martha, but the feelings are mutual. The first person to get killed is Ted Lavender,he was shot. Jimmy Cross takes the blame of Ted's death because he thinks he spends too much time thinking about Martha, He finally decides to step up and be a leader so he gets rid of all his letters and photos of her.
After the war Jimmy goes to visit Tim O'Brien at his house in Massachusetts. Jimmy begs that O'Brien makes him look like a good leader if he ever writes about his experiences in the war even though Jimmy knows its his fault for Ted's death. Tim talks about how scared he was from the war and how bad it traumatized him. O'Brien tires to see the bright side in the war and think of one of the good war stories he has. O'Brien graduated college. Then protested the war. O'Brien also runs off to Canada. Strunk and Jensen get in a fight. Strunk gets sent off to the hospital. Jensen becomes very worried because he thinks Strunk but surly. Strunk ends up dying from his leg being blown off from the knee. Tim tells a truth war story about Rat Kiley's best friend being killed. Tim tells how he didn't really like Curt so it didn't hurt his feelings when he died. Henry Dobbins got a letter from his girlfriend saying she was breaking up with him. Dobbins and Kiowa said it was wrong for the soldiers to set their camp up on a church even though it wasn't their religion. Tim O'Brien killed a young soldier and felt guilty for it. Norman Bowker hung him self in a locker room of his hometown YMCA. Norman expressed how he felt after war in a letter to Tim. O'Brien finally admits that he was once a soldier in the war. O'Brein and his Daughter went to Vietnam and visited certain places. Tim talks about a lot of different stories and it shows that theses stories and memories can save us.
A war novel is a novel in which the primary action takes place in a field of armed combat, or in a domestic setting where the characters are preoccupied with the preparations for, or recovery from, war. It is sometimes referred to as military fiction.
Truth
Guilt
Blame
Warfare
Revenge
Burdens
We choose this because it shows that you will always have your reputation so you should make sure its a good one.
This we picked because it shows that there is always two sids to the story .
This one was picked because it shows that the truth can be forgotten or twisted around.
This shows inspiration to always strive for best even when you have reached your goal.
This is almost like describing the whole book in one sentence everything they carried was needed in some kind of way.
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