Tim O'Brien Essays

  • Tim O'Brien

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    Tim O’Brien “Intellect had run up against emotion. My conscience told me to run, yet some irrational and powerful force was resisting, like a weight pushing me toward the war. What it came to, stupidly, was a sense of shame. Hot, stupid shame. I did not want people to think badly of me.” (Tim O’Brien; On the Rainy River). Tim O’Brien is a twentieth- century author, he was born October 1 1946 in Minnesota. After O’Brien graduated from Worthington College, he received his draft papers for

  • On The Rainy River by Tim O'Brien

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    "On The Rainy River," the author Tim O'Brien tells about his experiences and how his relationship with a single person had effected his life so dramatically. It is hard for anyone to rely fully on their own personal experiences when there are so many other people out there with different experiences of their own. Sometimes it take the experiences and knowledge of others to help you learn and build from them to help form your own personal identity. In the essay, O'Brien speaks about his experiences with

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    was like to witness the Vietnam War firsthand in combat. Well, in the short story, “The Things they Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, the theme was portrayed as the physical and emotional burdens that soldiers had to deal with during the Vietnam War. Throughout the story, the author goes into great detail about the heavy physical loads that the soldiers had to carry with them. Even the way O’Brien describes the many loads seems to grab your attention on the extreme conditions these men had to go through just

  • The Importance of Friendship in The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    The Importance of Friendship in The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried is a collection of stories about the Vietnam War that the author, Tim O'Brien, uses to convey his experiences and feelings about the war. The book is filled with stories about the men of Alpha Company and their lives in Vietnam and afterwards back in the United States. O'Brien captures the reader with graphic descriptions of the war that make one feel as if they were in Vietnam. The characters are

  • Tim O'Brien

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    The Vietnam War, a war no one wanted to have or be a part of. This was a time of change for America and Tim O’Brien was right in the middle of it. “Someone writing about leaving one's country, and the horrors of that: the dislocations, the lingering sense of moral failure, or moral rectitude, which can also haunt you,” O’Brien was a one of the many writers of the Postmodernist movement (O’Brien 31). Postmodernism started after the end of World War II and continues to our present day (Postmodernism

  • Tim O'Briens' Perspective and Statements in Regard to Storytelling and Relationship to the Truth in The Things They Carried

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    Tim O'Briens' Perspective and Statements in Regard to Storytelling and Relationship to the Truth in The Things They Carried Each day that we live our lives we are faced with the opportunity to believe and tell many stories and dramatizations. As a young child in Hebrew School you were taught that the world was created in six days and on the seventh day God rested. In a Christian home you were told about Saint Nick. On a juvenile level, stories serve a purpose to teach something and to give hope

  • Tim O'Brien

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    Tim O’Brien is an accredited writer who writes mostly about war. Although, I can conclude that Tim O’ Brien is different from other war writers because he brings war stories to life. O’ Brien does not explain the strategies of the war, he describes the guys that he fought amongst in the war. His novel, “The Things They Carried” is an emotional retelling of the Vietnam War. He allows readers to experience the thoughts, feelings, and conflicts of the characters throughout the book. By allowing readers

  • the things they carried

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    The things they carried,by Tim O'brien "Oh man, you fuckin' trashed the fucker. You scrambled his sorry self, look at that, you did, you laid him out like fuckin' Shredded Wheat." I chose to start off my essay with this particular exert from the book because I think that it very much represents the story in itself. Azar said this, after Tim (supposedly) killed a Vietnamese soldier with a hand grenade. It shows that in times of war, how callous men can become. However, callousness varies, whether

  • Ambush, by Tim O'Brien

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    with the monumental duty of protecting their children’s innocence, but everybody inescapably grows up. This experience can be anything from an embarrassing situation at school to coming within seconds of death. In the short story “Ambush” by Tim O’Brien, the author tells the true story of his daughter confronting him and asked him if he had ever killed anyone. In an effort to be a good parent and protect the nine-year-old’s innocence, the author does not share with her the story he goes on to

  • A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner vs How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O’Brien

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    The Misleading Truth "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner and "How to Tell a True War Story" by Tim O’Brien are two admirable short stories that share some differences and similarities. "A Rose for Emily" is fiction while "How to Tell a True War Story" is about O’Brien’s life in Vietnam. Each author uses their own unique strategies to engage the readers’ interests. Both stories have many events that create different effects and cause different responses for the reader form a historical and

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    War. Tim O'Brien takes the reader back in time to the late 1960s, and contemplates on experiences that emotionally scarred Vietnam soldiers. O'Brien shares multiple war stories that are claimed to be authentic during the war, and migrates to the 1980s in states like Iowa and MA to discuss how these stories have influenced his life. The Things They Carried, is a collection of false war stories, the stories' authenticity is altered in hopes of evoking strong emotions from readers. Tim O'Brien invents

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    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

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    Tim O’Brien, the author of many war novels and short stories such as The Things They Carried, is a worldly man whose many influences include his love of learning, his special bond with his family and his experiences during the Vietnam War. Tim’s unique style of writing, known as verisimilitude or blending of fiction and non-fiction, lends itself to stories of an almost autobiographical nature, however Tim makes changes to make the writing more interesting. Tim uses the aptly names character of Tim

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'brien

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    The War at Home The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, transports the reader into the minds of veterans of the Vietnam conflict. The Vietnam War dramatically changed Tim O’Brien and his comrades, making their return home a turbulent and difficult transition. The study, titled, The War at Home: Effects of Vietnam-Era Military Service on Post-War Household Stability, uses the draft lottery as a “natural experiment” on the general male population. The purpose of the NBER (National Bureau of Economic

  • The Many Hats of Tim O’Brien

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    Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried portrays the struggles of soldier’s in war. The novel ultimately is a way for the author to cope with death and keep the memories of his platoon alive. Susan Wittig Albert writes: “Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered ' I ' who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even

  • The Things They Carreid by Tim O'Brien

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    who served in the war, decided to take up the task and make an historic account of one of them most grueling wars ever fought. Tim O’Brien is a Vietnam veteran who wrote the novel The Things They Carried. There is a fine line to be walked when writing the accounts of the war in a way that not only informs but also entertains; however, Tim O’Brien walks it successfully. In Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, his use of symbolism and Metafiction helps portray the events that befall the soldiers fighting

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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    Carried, Tim O’Brien uses many themes to help draw connections between the book and the reader. O’Brien’s “On The Rainy River” chapter contains countless motifs that make this chapter so compelling. “On The Rainy River” describes his decision whether to enter the draft or to flee to Canada where he would not get condemned. The main theme in this chapter is embarrassment. First Lieutenant Tim O’Brien goes insane from the embarrassment he would face if he did not enter the draft. Tim O’Brien finds himself

  • The Things They Carried’ by Tim O’Brien

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    ‘The Things They Carried’ by Tim O’Brien provides a insider’s view of war and its distractions, both externally in dealing with combat and internally dealing with the reality of war and its effect on each solder. The story, while set in Vietnam, is as relevant today with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as it was in the 1960’s and 1970’s in Southeast Asia. With over one million soldiers having completed anywhere from one to three tours in combat in the last 10 years, the real conflict might

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    “I wasn’t afraid”(Page 135) as Paul Berlin; a soldier in the Vietnam war, keeps on saying to himself over and over again. Paul Berlin is drafted into the American Army to fight in the Vietnam War against Vietnamese communist, which then leads him to realize how brutal and violent a war could be. After being in the war for the first day and having to witness death of a person and holding a fully loaded gun for the first time in his life, Paul Berlin was overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. Paul Berlin

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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    The Things They Carried written by Tim O’ Brien is a well written work of fiction. In the story O’ Brien closely makes an association with the physical, psychological, and emotional weight the soldiers bared while serving in the Vietnam War. Throughout the story O’Brien examines what it takes to tell a good war story while he uses his own experiences in conjunction with his imagination to weave together a series of stories. He does a phenomenal job at making the reader feel as if they themselves