Death In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

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Death can be seen as a savior or an entity that can eat you up. Death seems to always be a part of our daily lives guiding use when we least expect it. Death seems to be an ever present thought in the back of our minds. Death is constantly pushing use and moving use to our journey in life. Death seems to be a consistent looming presence when people are in a time of crisis. So we are called upon to ask the question how death moves uses though our journey of life. Especially, when talking about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. These works of literature all point to common basses that Death is always a present thought moving them through the story and there journey. The theme of …show more content…
Death moves each character Tim has been pulled from his own life and pushed into a new one full of death. He goes on to describe that “it was [his] fourth day,” in the war when he encountered a dead man in a village (O’Brien 214). He “didn’t even look at it except on accident,” showing use his fear of death. This thought of death around him eventually moves him to the edge and emerging this inner hatred for Jorgenson. Which put him into a trance of how he “was atrocity- I was jungle fire, jungle drums - I was the blind star in the eyes of all those poor ex-pals of mine…I was Nam” (O’Brien 199). Tim is this hollow shell at this point where the only thing filling this void is anger and rage. Suddenly he sees the death swelling inside of him and frightens him in such a way that makes him “tremble” in fear (O’Brien 206). Making him regret actions and thoughts towards Jorgenson, moving Tim through his journey in Vietnam and his life. Death can be seen as an almost catalyst for Tim to see his true inner self. Brining into light his ultimate fear of

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