The Characteristics Of American Literature

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American literature; the literature written or produced in the area of the United States and its preceding colonies. There are many books that resemble this style of writing, but one of the best is The Things They Carried by Tim O’brien. This book is a spitting image of what American Literature should be and is. Of course, American literature has some standards and traits that specify it as American literature. Like common themes, for example. A theme is the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person 's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic. It becomes common once it’s used throughout many of the same type of books. The Things They Carried resembles many common themes of American literature, including grief, friendship, love, and death. …show more content…
It’s even found in music, tv, and movies. In the book, many characters experience grief. Jimmy Cross was a commanding officer in the book. He had a very strong love interest. In fact, the love he had for Martha was overwhelming. His guilt comes from Lavender 's death. He believed that his obsession with Martha distracted him and caused the death of Ted Lavender. Another character, Tim O’brien, has a lot of guilt from a young man he once killed on the trail. He channels his guilt by writing stories about the young man. He gives him a background and a wife. He was trying to give the young man a life, even though he took it. These are both prime examples from the book on how it has the common theme of guilt. Not only do multiple people feel guilt throughout the story, but the guilt creates a bigger picture than just the characters feeling bad for what has …show more content…
The entire book deals with relationships between the soldiers and the conflicts between each of them. During many occasions in the book, their relationships with each other are talked about and gone into detail. When Curt Lemon died, it really took a toll on Rat Kiley. He was torn apart and ended up writing a letter to his sister out of respect. In his letter he pours his entire heart onto the page. He goes into elaborate detail on their friendship. He talks about how they were soulmates and he loved him with everything he had. He finished by saying that they had a lot in common. Which may or may have not been the case. In the end his sister, unfortunately, didn’t realize how much Curt meant to Rat, and never wrote back. Later in the book, O’brien gets shot twice. The first time, Rat takes care of him and is sent off to recover. When he comes back, Rat is gone, and they have a new medic, Bobby Jorgenson. Upon his return, he gets shot again, in the butt. Bobby is too scared to crawl over and treat him, so he nearly dies of shock. This really angers O’brien. He has a constant hate for Bobby after this. Then he learns that Bobby has become apart of the Alpha’s and he isn’t. This really hurts O’brien. They were his friends, his family, and now he just isn’t apart of that bond anymore. The friendship isn’t there anymore. Even though O’brien isn’t apart of that group, much anymore, the friendships throughout

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