Analysis Of Tim O 'Brien's The Things They Carried'

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The Story Behind the “Truth” The genre fiction brings the audience into a new experience they have never experienced before in their lives. It introduces different types of people and places one can only imagine. A fiction uses fantasy as a way to reel us into a story as if we, the audience, are part of it. In which it can have an effect on our memory because the brain uses only bits of pieces of information from our memory to tell a story we want to believe. In his novel, The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien uses fiction as a way to make Vietnam seem like a fantasy. He uses beautiful imagery, almost as if it is a fairytale, to capture the reader’s attention. He wants the reader’s to feel and see Vietnam from his vision, as more than just a war; he…show more content…
There is O’Brien the writer/narrator, O’Brien the soldier, and Timmy O’Brien, the little boy. All three characters express different thoughts and emotional surroundings that are causing tension with one another. For instance, each character wrestles with the concept of death differently. Timmy O’Brien had to learn at the young age of nine to accept death; soldier “O’Brien” attempts to find a way to merge that lesson to deal with death during the war. O’Brien the writer connects these two lessons to help him understand death and help him transition from Vietnam back to the civilian life. The connection and the understanding of death are due to the internal conflict he feels as he tries to make peace with the different phases of his life. He searches for the love that he felt as a boy, but realizes that he will never encounter the same love again. The conflict between the three different stages of his life reveals itself as pain and guilt. Pain for the loss of his love ones, and guilt for being present during the death of his war mate but not being able to do anything about
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