Woodstock versus The Things They Carried

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a novel written about his time in the Vietnam War. In the first chapter, the narrator goes over what things the soldiers carried with them. There were things ranging from a picture and a love note, to marijuana, to a pocketknife, and a bible. But they did not just carry physical items. The soldiers also carried burdens, emotions, and memories as well. Woodstock was a place where all of the burdens and other things carried by soldiers like them could be lifted off their shoulders. Woodstock was a “monumental music festival that changed the world” in 1969. It was a huge gathering of almost half of a million people who were united by peace, love, “cultural expression”, and of course, rock and roll. This concert lasted for three days and had to be put to an end because the governor of New York labeled it a “disaster area” at the time, Nelson Rockefeller. According to the Woodstock website, it states, “The promise to our community: Woodstock is committed to living by its principles – we believe in universal human rights, ethical business practices, unfettered creative expressions, free trade, the loving care of our planet, the power of the individual to make a difference, and the overwhelming impact of communities to act as agents of peaceful change”. In 1969, these promises were made in response to the Vietnam War. The Woodstock community wanted to put an end to the war and just wanted peace and they showed that through the music festival. Woodstock 1969 represents the Vietnam War but the purpose and the outcome of the concert specifically echoes the concerns in The Things They Carried. This picture is from Woodstock 1969. As this photo shoes, it looks like a mess. There are peop... ... middle of paper ... ...he is still there. His mind is stuck in the past. He cannot get away from all of the tragic things he observed. Woodstock 1969 represents the Vietnam War, but specifically The Things They Carried by the purpose and outcome of the music festival. The purpose of Woodstock was the hope that there would be peace and freedom, the same things that the soldiers thought when fighting in Vietnam. The outcome of Woodstock was the disaster zone. It had to be put to an end because of how gross the surrounding areas were. This is similar to the Vietnam War because there were battlefields everywhere with dead people everywhere. Works Cited O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1990. Print. "The Woodstock Community." Woodstock. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. http://academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/ageofirony/aoizine/heather.html

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