There are numerous things that can happen to a person that goes to war such as getting shot, loss of hearing, getting sexually assaulted by other so called “friendly soldiers”, or even getting body parts blown apart from their body. There’s a long list of possible things that can be added to that list, but what all of the things can lead up to is post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety sickness that surfaces after experiencing a very dangerous, frightening, and uncontrollable event such as military combat exposure, a violent crime, a life-threatening accident and so forth (Veterans Health Council)...
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...n has been through when he was in Vietnam War. Even though it is represented as that, the stories that he tells has a much deeper meaning to it. It gives us, the readers, descriptions of how a few people coped with the unforgettable things they have endured and seen during their time in the war. O’Brien gives us various examples of just that, as well as his own. His reason for writing this novel was that this was a type of therapy for himself as a way to deal with everything he had experienced during the Vietnam War.
O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. London: Flamingo, 1991. Print.
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