The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien Essay

903 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
The Vietnam War took place from 1954 to 1973. The United States became involved in this war because of the fear of communism spreading though out South East Asia. Throughout the war the American people started losing support because of all the men we were losing. All of the troops were finally pulled out of Vietnam, but not before the U.S. lost more than 58,000 soldiers. The movie Letters Home from Vietnam shows real film from the war, and shows what the American troops really endured. The title to the book, “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien is symbolic because soldiers carry, not only physical but emotional things during war.
In the short story, “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien describes the physical weight soldiers carry on a day to day basis. The big majority of physical weight are personal belongings. Every man carries about eight five pounds around with him at all times. This is extremely demanding and only few men can do it. In the film Letters home from Vietnam it shows how demanding it was for the soldiers. They carried their equipment with them everywhere they went. This means though the rivers, streams, and the thick jungle. Personal belongings isn’t the only physical weight soldiers carry during war. They also carry the weight of the men standing beside them. Most cases this this symbolic because they aren’t actually carrying them, but in some instances they physically carry each other out of battle. This happened on many different occasions in the…

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