The Things They Carried Psychological Analysis

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In the book The Things They Carried, author Tim O’Brien tells the horrific experiences of a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. This platoon goes through many hardships, which on the way cause many people to die and to completely change their personalities. O’Brien depicts the awful emotional and psychological conditions the American soldiers experienced during the Vietnam War. The way O’Brien depicts these topics by talking about many points like the items the soldiers carried, the soldiers coping with death and violence, and finally how life back in the United States seemed to weigh upon them.
O’Brien starts depict the psychological conditions of the soldiers by explaining the significance of the actual things they carried into battle. The men in this platoon have many things that they carry with them physically and psychologically. The first person to start with is Ted Lavender, the thing that he would carry was tranquilizers and six or seven ounces of premium dope. The reason Lavender has to carry these around because
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This story depicts the emotional and psychological conditions that these soldiers faced through the Vietnam War. O’Brien depicts these topics by talking about many points like the items the soldiers carried, the soldiers coping with death and violence, and finally how life back in the United States seemed to weigh upon them. These soldiers carried many things physically and then also emotionally with guilt, pain, and terror. Also the soldiers had to deal with coping death and violence, which could be very weird. This platoon also looks back on their life back in the United States, which weighs upon their decisions they make during the war. Tim O’Brien tells these horrific stories that only one platoon went through the Vietnam War, which is crazy when you think of how many people went through these

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