He is able to create a story that uses symbolism to show that a deeper meaning lies within the objects these men carried on their bodies day in and day out. O’Brien lived the lives of the men he writes about from the Vietnam War and uses this to create a true understanding of the emotional and physical struggles painted in this short story. In the beginning, there is a casual tone that eases the reader into the sensitive subject of war. The first paragraph describes the letters that a young lieutenant, Jimmy Cross, carries with him from a girl he has unrequited love for. O’Brien inserts what you would initially read as insignificant information such as, “The letter weighed ten ounces,” but throughout the story this starts to connect the
Each soldier carries many things both physically and mentally during times of war and strife. For the war, The United States implements a draft in which young men are drafted and forced to go into the military for the war. Many of these soldiers are young, immature, and escape adulthood, yet there is one phase of life that cannot be avoided: death. Cross felt responsible for the younger kids’ death because he felt it was his job to protect the innocent. O Brien 's point of view is an accurate one as he himself because he is a Vietnam veteran.
To O’Brien the novel is not only a compilation of stories, but also a release of the fears, sadness, and anger that he has felt because of the Vietnam War. One of the significant concepts in The Things They Carried is that of the importance of certain objects or feelings used by the soldiers of Alpha Company to survive the war. Some examples of these items are the picture of the girl carried by Jimmy Cross, the Bible carried by Kiowa, and the stockings carried by Henry Dobbins. All the items helped the respective soldier to survive from day to day and to continue fighting the war. One of the most important things that helped the soldiers is their friendship with each other.
He was shipped to Vietnam in March 1968 and his letter to his parents showed me how oblivious some soldiers were when first coming to Vietnam. In his letter Ransom shows excitement from being shipped to war and how happy he is to get to fight. He begins to feel compassion for the enemy by stating, “For the most part nobody is particularly wild with patriotic feeling.” Here he explains that the Vietnamese aren’t bad people, their just defending what they believe in. Ransom also writes to his parents about stories other soldiers have told him and tries to glorify them. At the end of his letter he boast about how strong the United States military power.
But there was little to no hope, and they knew it. They were being drafted and they could do absolutely nothing about it, only hope that at the end they would be returning to the enlightened faces of their loved ones, something that not many Vietnam soldiers expected to ever see again. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, portrays his experience in the war along with his fellow squad members, in their fight for survival against the Vietcong. In The Things They Carried, each character carries a physical or emotional weight, whether it be a memory, story, or object, to comfort them and guide them in their struggle to find hope during the war. Tim O’Brien, the author, carries undoubtedly the most important weight of any of the squad members.
She writes letters a... ... middle of paper ... ...for themselves. He makes us really feel for Lieutenant Jimmy Cross because he also carries the lives of all these men in his hands.” In the final stage of the march in Vietnam, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross was able to make the right decision after Ted Lavender’s death to concentrate on the war and protect his men. He finally came into realization that his men and the war were at that point in time more important than his fantasy for Martha. The guilt of losing Lavender because of his love for Martha was Falling action which in turn led to the conclusion of the story. Works Cited O’Brien, Tim.
When Tim is writing this novel its about what he experienced in Vietnam or what he learned about being in the war. It may not be the same as Rat Kiley’s view of the war, but everyone experiences the war differently. O’Brien’s techniques of blurring the lines between fact and fiction were fair. The author wrote this story as a memoriam of his experiences in the Vietnam war. The author wrote what felt right to him, he wanted to honor the fallen soldiers and honor his time spent in the war.
Their wants and needs, the constant worry of death were just a few of the emotional baggage they carried. During the Vietnam War, like all wars, there were hard times. Being a soldier wasn’t easy. Soldiers always see death, whether it be another soldier or an enemy. In “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien explores the motivation of solders in the Vietnam War to understand their role in combat, to stay in good health, and accept the death of a fellow soldier.
Tim O’Brien is a very gifted author, but he is also a veteran of the Vietnam War and fought with the United States in that controversial war. Tim O’Brien was drafted into the Vietnam War in 1968. He served as an infantryman, and obtained the rank of sergeant and won a Purple Heart after being wounded by shrapnel. He was discharged from the Vietnam War in 1970. I believe that O’Brien’s own images and past experiences he encountered in the Vietnam War gave him inspiration to write the story “The Things They Carried.” O’Brien tells the story in third person narrative form about Lt. Jimmy Cross and his platoon of young American men in the Vietnam War.
When looking back at a war as controversial as America's involvement in Vietnam, it is difficult to understand why soldiers would choose to fight and why they kept fighting for so long. Through a series of letters written by the soldiers themselves, one can see multiple motivations for soldiers in Vietnam, such as believing in the cause, self-preservation, and comradary amongst the men. This is all brought together in Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam, an adequate volume edited by Bernard Edelman for the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. First, there were many soldiers, at least in the beginning, who believed in the cause. The American government began this police action to keep communism from spreading, to preserve democracy in the world; throughout the military ranks, men could identify with this.