Acceptance In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

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Acceptance is something that many people long for and when an individual finds it they truly feel loved, appreciated, and wanted. The lives of individuals cannot be complete if they continuously refuse to move forward in life. Acceptance allows an individual to destroy the negative aspects of an uncomfortable situation; through that, one may also learn to love and allow others to love him or her. Love is a special bond that makes life more enjoyable because an individual is able to share the joys and burdens of life with someone else. Tim O 'Brien 's novel The Things They Carried is a reflection of O’Brien himself, who was once a soldier, and he talks about the realities of war and how they have affected him. It is through storytelling that …show more content…
In the Kite Runner, a man named Amir learns to stand up for himself and others through gaining acceptance of what happened in his past and finding a bond that is irreplaceable with his childhood friend 's son Sohrab. It is not an instantaneous connection with Sohrab because he is timid with new relationships due to his abuse from the Talib official that once held him captive. Amir recognizes this and allows Sohrab to become comfortable with him at his own pace. Amir takes the little things to heart and says: “But I 'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting” (Hosseini, ch. 25 ). This simple smile that seems unimportant and meaningless actually reflects so much more. It is in that smile where Amir sees hope, and he greatly appreciates this. Amir 's past was a reflection of someone who he no longer is and displays the strides he made to better himself. In this way Amir is able to accept Sohrab 's timidness and is overjoyed at any sign of him becoming accustomed to him. Through this juxtaposition, Amir describes that it always takes one simple action to bring a whole world of change, which can invite new and wonderful opportunities. The little things in life always seem to prove to be the most meaningful. Sohrab 's smile may seem meaningless but to Amir it is a step in the right …show more content…
Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, not only helped O’Brien cope with his past but taught the readers that to overcome problems, one must reflect and retell his or her experiences in his or her own words. Zora Neale Hurston taught readers the importance of true and pure love in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. This lesson is vital because without love many people would not experience life to its fullest capacity. In Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner, the moral is that individuals must accept themselves before they are able to forgive others. In this way, Amir accepted the consequences he was dealt which allowed him the capability to take a stand for himself and others. Additionally, Amir was able to find a special bond with Sohrab through his acceptance of the past. Imagine a world where love was unheard of and forgiveness was highly frowned upon, life would have a constant feeling that something was

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