Essay on The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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In The Things they Carried, By Tim O 'Brien, there are three characters that are greatly changed by the Vietnam War those characters being Rat Kiley the medic, Mary Anne an all American girl and well-educated liberal minded Tim O’Brien. Each character comes to Vietnam in 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War with a level of goodness in their hearts that is instilled in all Americans who have never seen war. After going to war it changes a these people by taking away a piece of that goodness within and replaces it with a dehumanized addiction to war that drives many to the brink of insanity.
Rat Kilely was good person and a great medic and was pushed to do evil when he lost his best friend right in front of him. His best friend was named Curt Lemon and died when he took one wrong step on a land mind and was blown into pieces onto a tree. Rat had been playing catch with him and in a matter of second his best friend was gone. Rat was desensitized by this and wanted cold revenge for what the war did to his best friend. When he stumbles upon a helpless baby water buffalo which he can unleash his anger on. His attention were evil “it wasn’t to kill; it was to hurt”(75). By taking his friend the war took away his goodness and he now wanted cold revenge upon this buffalo when it had done nothing to him. Rat started shooting the buffalo all over so it felt every single piece of the pain he had felt, systematically shooting every possible appendage. One of his platoon mates Mitchel…

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