Vietnam War In The Things They Carried

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The Vietnam War was a changing point in American history. Causing high tensions between the US and the Communists parties around the globe, the Vietnam War was another way people were effected by conflict. The Communist conflict in Vietnam effected soldiers and even the people back in the United States. There were rallies against the war. People were parading in the streets of Washington DC promoting the extraction of American soldiers from a war that they believe made no sense. Some anti-war demonstrations left protestors horribly wounded or even killed for their efforts in trying to stop the war. The United States was in shambles. When people asked, “Why”, there wasn’t a straight answer. History now tells us that it was tough to explain why …show more content…
The people that it directly affected were the young men who had to fight in Vietnam. The emotional hell they were put through can only be described by the men who were there. Some men documented their time in Vietnam. They wrote down what they saw, what they experienced during the war, and most importantly how it affected them and the people around them. Tim O’Brien, author of the book The Things They Carried, was a man who experienced the war first hand. In his book, O’Brien tells many stories of the ups and downs of the war, how the war affected the people involved, and how the war affected those people back home. Through his stories, O’Brien uses many metaphors and symbolism for what he actually saw over in Vietnam. The stories in this book may not be true per se, but they symbolize how people actually felt about the war and how it affected the people in Vietnam and the people in the United …show more content…
Mary Anne Bell was the girlfriend and longtime lover of Mark Fossie and he asked her to come visit him while he was away at war. Mary Anne Bell was able to come over to Vietnam, and was very excited to be her long time sweetheart. She was always known as a good girl who had a dream of marrying her sixth grade sweetheart, but the more she experienced while in Vietnam the more things began to change. She changed her full appearance, her attitude, and one night she somehow got lost and her boyfriend, Mark Fossie, couldn’t find her at all. She came back one day charcoal faced, green fatigues, and an assault rifle in hand (98). She was a completely different person. This story depicts that war changes a person. Not just the Vietnam War, but any war can change somebody into somebody completely different. This war in particular sent men home that were changed from the experiences they had. The use of the extreme polarization of an innocent young girl that changed into a war character shows how much people can change in such little

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