The Things They Carry By Tim O Brien

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After Norman Bowker service in the Vietnam War, he returned to his house and had difficulty adjusting to the normal everyday life. Late afternoon on Fourth of July, Norman drives around a local lake, trying to pass time and was thinking about his life before the war, also what he saw and had did in Vietnam. He recalled driving around the lake with Sally before the war and it reminded him how his childhood friend drowned in that lake. He thought about how his friends had gotten married or had moved away to look for new jobs.
In “The Things They Carry”, by Tim O’Brien description that Norman wanted to discuss about Vietnam, and he wanted to imagine how it would tell his dad about almost earning a Silver Star, but his dad was just too busy to
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O’Brien and Bowker explains that how talking or not talking about war experience affects characters. O’Brien copes with all his memories and his guilt by writing stories about his fellow soldiers. But at the same time the stories make the experience the war present for O’Brien and they had also distance him from the fear. He is writing in a past tense, making a difference from his present self and his self that he fought in the war. But Bowker, him in other hand is powerless to use the act of revealing to negotiate the damage of war. He drives around making no sound and with nobody to have a conversation to. He can’t talk about the war experience with anybody and can’t leave it in the past. While O’Brien uses discusses and transmission to analyze and come to terms with his experience, Bowker’s lacks of listening stops him from appearing at an understatement. However the readers might think that the outrage of war would have supplied more worthless and incomprehensible medals to Bowker, and with his {return to his hometown reveals that the expectations of family and community members can determine what is meaningful as much as private experience can. As a result Bowker struggles with his father’s feeling that medals are a relevant measure of personal worth and his own …show more content…
The sewage field is a vivid metaphor for an unpleasant, meaningless battle that none of the soldiers can escape. The sewage field’s stench heightens the sensation that there is nothing valorous or heroic about this war; rather, it is debased and unclean. CFCBowker thinks that if it wasn’t for the horrible smell he might have saved Kiowa and won the Silver Star. But just as Kiowa was unable to be saved from sinking into the field, Bowker cannot save himself from his repeated, almost obsessive thoughts about Kiowa and the Song Tra Bong. Likewise, his wading into the lake is a physical manifestation of his desire to return to that day in Vietnam and to change the course of events that ended in Kiowa’s death in the

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