Analysis Of Tim O ' Brien 's The Things They Carried Essay

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The Power of Imagination: An Analysis of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried
What would the world be without the power of imagination? If you have ever pondered this thought, you may relate to Tim O’Brien, the author of the novel The Things They Carried. As a soldier in the gruesome Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien suffers physically, mentally, and emotionally from the effects of the war. From witnessing fellow friends being shot and wounded, to trying to locate and rescue a good friend’s dead body, one can only imagine the effects that these situations would have on a soldier. O’Brien utilizes imagination to establish the horror of war, to uncover uncertainties, and to escape from the war’s sickening events. He leaves the reader with a question to wrestle with: How important is the power of imagination in living in a gruesome reality?
To begin analyzing this principle question, one must grasp the reality that Tim O’Brien experienced in the Vietnam War. Many veterans from the war tend to not speak of the war, considering many did not agree with the need to fight in it. Tim O’Brien shared this opinion throughout his novel. O’Brien explains, “I was too good for this war. Too smart, too compassionate, too everything.” (39). Despite O’Brien’s thoughts on the war, he still had to fight. With the use of raw descriptions, the reader is capable to imagine what it would be like to be involved in a war. For example, O’Brien states in the novel that one of the Vietnam soldiers “lay with one…

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