Essay about The Things They Carried By Tom O ' Brien

1704 Words Nov 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Sometimes, people carry things. Things that mean a lot to a certain person, and can symbolize something important. These things can mean a lot to these people, and one can tell a lot about certain people by the things they carried. An example of this could be something simple like saying that someone carrying a textbook could show that the person is a student, or maybe someone carrying a fishing rod could show that the person goes fishing. While it is not always true that things people carry mean the same thing to everyone, it is safe to assume that they usually do. In Tom O 'Brien 's short story, The Things they Carried, you can see a lot of symbolism in the short story. According to Literary Devices, “Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense”. In The Things they Carried, symbolism is shown by the things that each and every character in the story carries. This short story is about a group of men during the Vietnam War, and face many challenges during it. According to The History Learning Site, the Vietnam War was the longest war in United States history, and was mainly caused from all the symptoms, components and consequences of the Cold War. These causes revolved around the belief that was held by the United States was frightened by communism and due to Communism threatening to expand all over the southeast part of Asia. This can easily show that soldiers definitely had…

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