Essay about The Things They Carried

892 Words Oct 20th, 1999 4 Pages
In the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien the author tells about his experiences in the Vietnam war by telling various war stories. The quote, "It has been said of war that it is a world where the past has a strong grip on the present, where machines seemed sometimes to have more will power than me, where nice boys (girls) were attracted to them, where bodies ruptured and burned and stand, where the evil thing trying to kill you could look disconnecting human and where except in your imagination it was impossible to be heroic." relates to each of his stories.

The first part of the quote matches with the first story, The Things They Carried. The story told about the items that each soldier took with them to the war. The quote
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The story was about a girl that was changed dramatically by the Vietnam War. It started in an outpost were injured soldiers were brought so that they can be treated. A person named Mark Fossie brought his girlfriend from Cleveland Heights Senior High, she was about 17 years old. All of the other people were amazed at this. As time went on the girl began to learn to do many war related task. Soon she has changed so much that her boyfriend no longer liked her so they left each other and Mark Fossie never heard of her again. The quote means boys and girls are supposed to like each other, but not in war. War changes people a lot, for example Mark Fossie's girl friend was a beautiful blond and he never imaged her killing people and liking it, but war turned her into that type of person and now he regrets bringing her to Vietnam.

The story that I found very interesting was "Spin" and it relates to the fourth part of the quote, "where bodies ruptured and burned and stand". In this story Mitchell Sanders was prying off body lice from a dead person and putting it in an envelope addressed to the USO. This part of the quotes talks about dead and rotting bodies, this story spin is also based on that idea.

The last portion of the quote which says "where the evil thing trying to kill you could look disconnecting human and where except in your imagination it was impossible to be heroic" relates perfectly to the story where the author was telling about his

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