Essay On Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried
The Vietnam War is referred to as the “longest and most unpopular American War of the 20th century”(Overview), that lasted from 1955 to 1975. For the US, the war began as a result of the U.S. policy of Containment. This policy’s goal was to prevent the spread of communism throughout the world. The Viet Minh is a communist led …show more content…
Coming back from something as traumatizing as Vietnam, and having almost everything you knew change, was probably the limit for those that served. It was almost like saying, if you had no choice to enlist in the military when you were 18, sorry we forced you to go, but now you can decide if the military is for you. It’s almost like sarcastically apologizing to the 60,000 Americans that died in the war.
Tim O’Brien had an interview with NPR (National Public Radio) on how the war affected him 40 years later; he stated “I carry the weight of responsibility, and a sense of abiding guilt”(20 Years On). This proves that not only did these returning soldiers feel responsible for the lives that were lost, but it also haunts them decades later. Tim O’Brien’s fictional truth may not be what is found in the history books, but is what caused a traumatized line of American