Suicide And Bravery In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

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Suicide and Bravery In The Things They Carried written by Tim O’Brien, the reader is educated about the horrors of war and the effects it can have on the people who return from it. Soldiers kill and watch people, ranging from close friends to the enemies they are fighting against getting killed. This leaves a lasting impact. A lot of soldiers who return from war suffer from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, which is “a debilitating anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event” ( Through the use of art therapy, veterans put their experiences into objects or text to share the pain of what they did or witnessed This reduces the effects of PTSD in a majority of veterans. The mask created by a US Army Flight Medic does a good job of representing Norman Bowker and the problems he faces after returning from war. “Minefield” written by Peter K. McShane relates …show more content…
McShane mirrors the situation in which the old Vietnamese man guided Lt. Jimmy Cross and his soldiers through an area riddled with minefields. In The Things They Carried, the od man expertly guided the soldiers through the dangerous area so that “in those five days on the Batangan Peninsula nobody got hurt” (32). In the story “Minefield” the same thing transpired, but it was an American soldier who guided a Cambodian boy out of a minefield. He slowly walked in, retrieved him, and “Somehow made it back and I delivered the little boy into his mother’s arms” (3). Both parties that had been guided through minefields, were grateful for it. After the two situations, both groups bestowed gifts upon their The American Soldiers “loaded him up with boxes of C-rations”(32), and the Cambodians presented Peter McShane with “a folded white cloth and a small gold and ivory Buddha amulet on a chain” (3). In conclusion, both situations show mankind's willingness the help others and the gratefulness of the people they

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