The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien Essay

719 Words Mar 29th, 2016 3 Pages
The Vietnam War was a war fought in Vietnam that started in 1955 and ended in 1973 with the withdrawal of U.S. forces. There were millions of men who fought in the war, most of the men were volunteers and some were draftees. The war stirred up much controversy with Americans at home and there were many anti-war protests going on at the time because people saw the brutality of the war. Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” shows the thoughts and actions of soldiers that were fighting in the Vietnam War. The big focus of this story is what the soldiers are carrying. The story introduces each character in the unit by listing off the things that they carry with them, one example is “Henry Dobbins, who was a big man, carried extra rations; he was especially fond of canned peaches in heavy syrup over pound cake” (O’Brien 52). By describing what each person carries, O’Brien can successfully make the reader easily connect to the characters of the story. He even describes the weight of some of the items, “each man to carry a steel-centered, nylon-covered flak jacket, which weighed 6.7 pounds” (O’Brien 52), which helps gives the reader a feel for what the soldiers had to deal with. The death of Lavender shows just how much they carried. When he was shot he immediately fell from the weight, “it was like watching a rock fall, or a big sandbag- just boom then down” (O’Brien 54). The personal items that each person carried were very important to them. Each person’s items helped…

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