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The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - “And then one morning, all alone, Mary Anne walked off into the mountains and did not come back” (110). Tim O’Brien’s short story “The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” presents an all-American girl who has been held back by social and behavioral norms – grasping for an identity she has been deprived the ability to develop. The water of the Song Tra Bong removes Mary Anne’s former notion of being as she, “stopped for a swim” (92). With her roles being erased Mary Anne becomes obsessed with the land and mystery of Vietnam and is allowed to discover herself....   [tags: Literary Analysis, O'Brien] 1894 words
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The Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong Analysis - ... Mary Anne suddenly disappears after Mark starts to make plans for her return home. After about three weeks, Mary Anne returns to the camp and disappears into the Special Forces area, and Mark waits for her there. He hears a woman, Mary Anne, chanting along with strange music and bursts into the hootch to confront her. O’Brien uses disturbing imagery to emphasize how the war takes away one’s innocence and changes one forever. When Mark confronts Mary Anne after she returns from the ambush with the Green Berets, O’Brien uses disturbing imagery to describe the inside of the hootch....   [tags: mari anne bell, change, dress] 654 words
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Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong - In the short story, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” by Tim O’Brien, the author shows that no matter what the circumstances were, the people that were exposed to the Vietnam War were affected greatly. A very young girl named Mary Anne Bell was brought by a boyfriend to the war in Vietnam. When she arrived she was a bubbly young girl, and after a few weeks, she was transformed into a hard, mean killer. Mark Fossie decided he was going to sneak his girlfriend onto his base in Vietnam. When she arrived, Rat Kiley described her like this, “A tall big-boned blonde....   [tags: essays research papers] 753 words
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Desertion in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Desertion in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong   The "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" is a story of many things when looked at from the right perspective. The validity of the story actually has nothing to do with its main purpose, which is to explain how Vietnam changed the American soldiers who were a part of the conflict. O'Brien's purpose is to inform his readers of the effect that Vietnam had on American GI's. Told by Rat Kiley, the "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" can be seen as a touching love story; sweethearts united even during a war....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 607 words
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Sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong as Metaphor - Sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong as Metaphor   The Vietnam War is a strange and unexplainable event in American history. The controversies surrounding the American involvement in Vietnam and the need for Vietnam veterans to tell their stories of the war are prevalent in the post-Vietnam culture of America. "The stories that will last forever are those that swirl back and forth across the border between trivia and bedlam, the mad and the mundane"(89). The story of the sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong explains this quote of the veteran stories never make exact sense, but they are stories from a war that never quite made exact sense either....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 1164 words
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Transformation in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Transformation in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong In Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong, Tim O'Brien gives a dynamic example of how even the deep roots of ones culture can be modified. The focus is on the young lady, whose boyfriend manages to have her shipped over to Vietnam from the U.S. She is then thrown into a completely foreign culture that thousands of American GI's were experiencing. This change in culture affected the strongest and most skilled of America's ground troops. The affects on a civilian are almost unfathomable....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 811 words
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Metamorphosis in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Metamorphosis in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong The story of the "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" is no typical Vietnam war story. It is a story that involves no bloods, guts or glory. This story isn't so much about the physical damage caused by war as much as this story is about the emotional changes that effect not only the males. This is a story that with it's elaboration and ornamentation shows the destruction of innocence. This story is about an impossible that came true. The story in its simplest form involves two main characters and the storyteller, Rat Kiley, a well-known truth stretcher....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 733 words
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War Influence in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong by Tim O’Brien - ... The first couple of weeks Mark and Mary were always together and smiling. Mary Anne was a curious girl and was interested in all of the things around the base, like the medical procedures, but above all else she was almost hypnotized by the mountains that surrounded their base. Mary Anne was slowly changing though. Mark started seeing her without jewelry and she soon was helping the medical corps with the messy cases that they would get. She also shot a gun for the first time. Curiosity was getting the better of Mary Anne and she wanted to go into town one day to explore the life and culture.Going into town was very dangerous because the VC (Viet Cong) controlled the town....   [tags: Vietnam, Harm, Fear]
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Gender, Power, and Isolation in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Gender, Power, and Isolation in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong   The cultural studies approach to an open text allows the reader to focus on the culture of a specified society. He/she can study the use of social effects and construction of reality on the people or land. "According to the Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature "cultural studies involve scrutinizing a cultural phenomenon and drawing conclusions about the changes in that phenomenon over a period of time" (Geurin 240)." When utilizing the cultural studies approach, the reader must search the whole text for an overall range of situations and reasons why culture would shape a society....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 1051 words
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The Story Of Sweetheart Of The Song Of Tra Bong: The Use Of Setting - The Story of Sweetheart of the Song of Tra Bong: The Use of Setting Where does the story of Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong take place. Upon reading the story, one would first assume that it takes place in Vietnam. Upon further examination, however, it becomes quite evident that it really takes place inside Rat Kiley's head. This isn't to declare the story false; instead, one should examine the influence and literary freedom that Rat flexes upon the truth. "For Rat Kiley… facts were formed by sensation, not the other way around." (101) The story occurs in two separate but equally chaotic places: Vietnam, and Rat's head....   [tags: essays research papers] 1548 words
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Society's Beliefs Revealed in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong -  Society's Beliefs Revealed in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong   One steamy, humid afternoon in 1961 the first United States helicopter landed in Vietnam dispensing immature boys onto the soggy marshlands. Some would return to that same helicopter one day, whether it be wrapped in a poncho about to be taken to the morgue, lying strapped to a stretcher about to report to the hospital, or standing tall holding their heads high because they were about to return to their homelands. Tim O'Brien, one of the returning solders, put together short stories pertaining to the war and how he viewed it as well as the America's society....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 881 words
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Gender Swaps in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Gender Swaps in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong Innocense has a potential to change. While we are innocent in the life that we lead, a war can take it away in a flash of an eye. Mary Anne and Fossie both undergo stereotypical role changes after they enter the Vietnam War. These so called "gender swaps" had a major effect on the lives from that moment on. The story "Sweetheart" vividly displays how a war, such as the Vietnam War, can be a life changing event. A war can destruct purity. When Mary Anne is first introduced to the story, she is an "innocent blonde, just barely out of high school"(90)....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 750 words
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Exposing the Truth in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong - Exposing the Truth in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong    "Dear Mom and Dad: The war that has taken my life, and many thousands of others before me, is immoral, unlawful, and an atrocity," (letter of anonymous soldier qtd. In Fussell 653). Tim O'Brien, a Vietnam war vet, had similar experiences as the soldier above. Even though O'Brien didn't die, the war still took away his life because a part of him will never be the same. Even in 1995, almost thirty years after the war, O'Brien wrote, "Last night suicide was on my mind....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays]
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Comparing Mary Anne in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong and Kurtz in Apocalypse Now - Comparing Mary Anne in Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong and Kurtz in Apocalypse Now       In 1979, Francis Coppola released a film that he said he hoped "would give its audience a sense of the horror, the madness, the sensuousness, and the moral dilemma of the Vietnam war" (as quoted in Hagen 230). His film, Apocalypse Now, based on Joseph Conrad's 1902 novel Heart of Darkness, is the story of Captain Benjamin Willard's (Martin Sheen) journey to the interior of the jungle of Southeastern Asia for the purpose of executing his orders to track down Colonel Walter E....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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Loss, a Common Theme in Sweetheart of the Song Trabong and Fences - Mark Fossie from the “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” and Troy Maxson from “Fences” are two different literary characters in two different types of literary work that have many similarities. The “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” written by Tim O” Brien is a fiction story. “Fences” by August Wilson is a play. Both of these literature works have a theme of loss, whether it is of the character himself or someone the character loves deeply. The loss can be a physical loss of the person through death or a mental loss of the person through a tough breakup that the character brought on himself....   [tags: Hardship, Death, Adversity]
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The Things They Carried & A Soldiers Sweetheart - Difference Between Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong & A Soldier's Sweetheart Once a successful novel hits the market, producers are inclined to adapt the story into a movie. Since imagination, symbolism, and character psyches are explored in a novel, the movies tend to lack the luster of the original text. Using their imagination, readers are able to conjure up characters and scenes that are unique. This is the case with Tim O’Brien’s, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong.” This is a story where love and war collide after a soldier brings his sweetheart to his Vietnamese post....   [tags: essays research papers] 1205 words
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Free Things They Carried Essays: The Girl Next Door - The Girl Next Door in The Things They Carried The Feminist Approach Method to critical analysis examines the feminism implied within the text. In Tim O'Brien's, The Things They Carried, the story, "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong," is a story about the changes in a female when she is exposed to war. But, more importantly it is a story that illustrates how women are more than sex objects. "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong," proves that female and male stereotypes do not always apply. "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong," is a story being told by Rat Kiley to Mitchell Sanders, two soldiers of the Vietnam War....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 609 words
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The Gravity Bong - The Gravity Bong I was introduced to the gravity bong by a friend. He told me the full name as described to him was the "Afghanistan Gravity Bong". We were sitting around one night and decided to try one out. While I could go into detail concerning the mechanics of the bong's operation, I don't think that is really necessary. The reason it is called a "gravity bong" and not something else is this is what someone called it, that is how they described it to their friends, and now it is an accepted term for the following setup....   [tags: The Gravity Bong] 1079 words
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Tim O'Brian's How to Tell a True War Story of the Things They Carried - The Tim O’Brian’s short story, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”, Mary Anne Bell is a rare illustration of the innocence that is lost. In her attractive sweater, unblemished pants and free spirited attitude, no one could seem more faultless. She was the definition of a true young American teenager or at least that’s what they all assumed at first. In the beginning of the story, she is something noticeable to both the soldiers and the reader: she was expected to be a normal American girl who wanted nothing more than a family....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Foreignness in Vietnam: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien - ... O’Brien was hesitant to go to war in the beginning for that exact reason he assumed the Vietnamese man was. O’Brien related to the man and through this realized that the soldiers fighting each other weren’t very different after all. Another way Tim O’Brien conveys foreignness to his book is in the vignette “The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong.” In this vignette Mary Ann comes over to Vietnam and is looked at as this sweet innocent American girl and throughout the vignette she is transformed into a completely different person....   [tags: vietnam war, barriers, soldiers] 556 words
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Emotional Experiences in Tim O´Brien´s The Things They Carried - ... This change does not generally happen in women as they usually do not go to war; but in O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, this fantastical action happened. The irony of this story is that Mary Anne found her new trait; although, before she had an unadventurous life. She is encouraged and empowered by the dreadful acts of war which are hated by others; its influence made her to think that a life with violence is desirable than a peaceful life. Ironically, although her soldier boyfriend brings innocent Mary Anne over to be a lovely companion in the midst of the war; but in the end, Mary Anne’s savage conversion & eagerness to have dangerous adventures, brings comfort and satisfaction only...   [tags: hardship, soldiers, changes, mind] 2774 words
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Things They Carried Essay: Syntactic and Paratactic Style - Syntactic and Paratactic Style in The Things They Carried Many times, when an author writes a story, he will use different techniques to influence the way that the reader absorbs the work. Writers use both paratactic style and syntactic style. These two styles contrast each other greatly, but on the same term, they greatly compliment one another. In the book The Things They Carried, O'Brien uses both of these styles. In this essay, syntactic and paratactic style will be examined in the story "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong"....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 743 words
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Free Things They Carried Essays: Women in Vietnam - The Things They Carried: Women in Vietnam In the book The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien gender stereotypes of women who fought in the Vietnam War are represented through some of the short stories. One short story in particular is "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" which describes a woman who participated in the Vietnam War and went beyond some of her gender roles that were placed on her. In this war women had certain roles they had to fulfill with many of them being non-traditional ones....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays] 527 words
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O'Brien's Things They Carried Essay: An American Nightmare - History has shaped every country and their people, in particular negative experiences like the Holocaust in Nazi-Germany or the Vietnam war, involving the United States in a grueling controversy from 1964 until 1975. The author Tim O'Brian confronts an American audience in his short stories "The Things They Carried" with the inhumane consequences of political and military power decisions by rewriting history from a subjective,individual point of view. Thus he forces the audience to take a stand, to ask questions, to get morally and ethically involved....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays]
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in The Things They Carried -   The Things They Carried represents a compound documentary novel written by a Vietnam veteran, Tim O'Brien, in whose accounts on the Vietnam war one encounters graphical depictions of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Thus, the stories "Speaking of Courage," "The Man I Killed," "How to Tell a True War Story," "Enemies" and "Friends," "Stockings," and "The Sweetheart of The Song Tra Bong "all encompass various examples of PTSD. "The war was over and there was no place in particular to go" (157)....   [tags: Tim O'Brien]
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War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in The Things They Carried by Tim Obrien - Being in war is definitely one of the most life changing events a person will ever have whether it be for the better or for the worst. Soldiers will witness events that are impossible to forget or see back at home in the states. Some soldiers may have even seen one of their best friends that they’ve known for forever get blown up into pieces right next to them, or they might even get one of their own limbs blown off of their own bodies, becoming handicapped for life. As a result of seeing something so intense like that, most soldiers are usually traumatized....   [tags: soldiers, war, suicide, homelessness]
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Gender Roles in The Things They Carried - Many of the short stories within the collection The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien, can be compared and contrasted in regards to elements including theme, characters, and technique. In “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” the character Mary Anne Bell appears to be apparently similar to the character Martha from “The Things They Carried,” in that both are young women who have relations with a soldier in the war. Though upon further analysis of Mary Anne, it appears she is far from alike to Martha....   [tags: Tim O'Brien collection of short stories] 710 words
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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - In The Things they carried, Tim O’Brien uses a large list of things a soldier carries. Weather it be a good luck charm, chewing gum, gun/ammunition or recreational drugs. This displays a window in to the emotional burdens that all soldier bear. One major burden for these poor soldier is confronting the tension between reality and fantasy. We see the tension in LT Jimmy Cross with his infatuation for Martha. Each day when the soldier made camp or rest he pulls out the letters from Martha and reads them, making sure that they remain well preserved....   [tags: book review and analysis] 1212 words
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America's Sweetheart: Shirley Temple - ... Her first professional role with Educational Studios was in Baby Burlesques, a series of mock Hollywood hits in which toddlers played the roles of adults (Sonneborn). Instead of exposing her daughter to the publicity and press that comes with movie stardom, Temple’s mother allowed her to express her own opinions and protected her from the pressures of fame (Dubas 30-32). As Temple was quickly thrust into a career as a young actress, her family continued to support her. In 1934, Temple signed with 20th Century Fox Studios and began playing the type of role she fit perfectly: a confident, charming, curly-haired heroine....   [tags: hope during the Great Deression]
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Change In The Things They Carried - Change In The Things They Carried a war novel by Tim O'Brien, we are told many short stories compiled to make a whole. I want to emphasis on the importance of the chapter "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong". In this chapter we are introduced to the character Mary Anne. She shows the changing power of Vietnam, that a sweet innocent young girl can come into this land and be forever consumed by her surroundings. The speaker show us this through character action, character description, dialogue and metaphor; this enhances the literary work by showing us that the soldiers will always be a part of Vietnam no matter how hard they try to get away from it....   [tags: Tim O'Brien OBrien] 1623 words
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The Things They Carried - Themes - In Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, numerous themes are illustrated by the author. Through the portrayal of a number of characters, Tim O’Brien suggests that to adapt to Vietnam is not always more difficult than to revert back to the lives they once knew. Correspondingly the theme of change is omnipresent throughout the novel, specifically in the depiction of numerous characters. Tim O’Brien is drafted one month after graduating from Macalester College to fight a war he hated....   [tags: essays research papers] 972 words
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The Things They Carried - Book Review In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien tells the tale of not about war, but rather about war’s effect on one’s mentality. Ultimately, this novel is built on a foundation of the items that the soldiers of the Vietnam War carried. Whether it was the way Jimmy Cross uses the pebble to escape from his duties as a soldier or when Norman Bowker realizes that courage comes form within, not from receiving a Silver Star; O’Brien uses baggage as a symbol throughout the book to teach that war does in fact change people....   [tags: Tim O'Brien] 1387 words
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Innocence...Forever Lost - A beautiful flower with delicate petals sits in a lush green jungle. As a violent storm with fierce winds surfaces on the horizon, the flower yields with each gust. Unable to withstand the torrential downpour and harsh winds, it loses its petals and snaps from the intense pressure. This exact thing happens to Mary Anne as “The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” unfolds. Even though people have the capacity to endure great tragedy, suffering and violence, the sheer brutality of war permanently strips the innocence from Mary Anne and the devastation becomes engrained to her soul....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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