The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien’s unique, The important things They Carried, offers an amazing awareness of what life was like for an American soldier who battled in Vietnam from viewpoints before, throughout, and after the war. The story’s power draws you in. It makes the occasions in the story appear real and provides the reader with a sense of what it seems like to be one of the soldiers.

O’Brien’s talent as an author made an imaginary story more than credible to the reader. When reading this book, the reader fights with portraying what is factual and what is fictional.

O’Brien offers this result by blurring the line in between reality and fantasy. The book remembers many stories from O’Brien’s own experiences as a soldier and consists of fictional elements to improve the story and to help O’Brien get his point throughout. O’Brien teaches us in all of these stories that there is no difference between what is accurate and what is imaginary in war. By doing this, the reader experiences the feelings that O’Brien and his associates felt. The Things They Carried explains what those men carried to battle and back home, both tangible and intangible.

The unique questions what war is and what the individual soldiers received out of it. This novel is an eye opener. Any person’s point of views on the war and its soldiers are most certainly to alter after reading this book. The Things They Brought brings the Vietnam War to life like no civilian could have ever pictured. The important things the soldiers brought in Vietnam were both concrete and intangible. The concrete items include the normal equipment that soldiers bring, but most important is the intangibles.

This book stresses that the intangibles the soldiers carried affected whatever about their lives, in the past, during and after the war. These things included the psychological and mental weight carried by the soldiers. This weight included shame, horrid memories, death and destruction. It consisted of relationships and personal trials and temptations. It also included the soldiers’ way of dealing with the war. Lots of soldiers explained in the unique utilized things such as drugs, pain, or fantastical illusions to deal with the war. The author, who is the storyteller, was against the war.

The book displays the weight of the individual struggle that he felt as somebody against what he was doing over there. Another element that the book describes is the inexperience that the soldiers brought. This originated from their age. Most, consisting of the author, were of 21 years of age or younger. They brought the weight of big futures being ruined by their participation in the war. All of these elements put severe emotional tension on the lives of these soldiers throughout and after the war. The author handles his psychological issues by electrical wiring about the tragedies and emotions he and his comrades felt.

The book is entirely based off of these things. Its purpose is to help those who were not there to understand what it felt like to be them and for us to always remember the things they carried. The Things They Brought has to do with death. It concerns death. It asks what death feels like. It likewise addresses these concerns by pulling death up and bringing it back to life. It brings it back to life and tells its stories. These stories show the reader what death seems like. They show the reader what death is like for you and those who appreciate you.

The author includes this topic, since it associates with something crucial to him that he “brought” over there. He carried his first experience of feeling what death resembles. This was the story he composed at the end of the novel about his first love, Linda, as a nine year old dying of a brain tumor. He took this story and related it to the death of his associates and the people he eliminated. It offers the reader with the experience of not feeling in one’s bones about death, but living it. This book affected United States history considerably. It supplies a viewpoint of not just the Vietnam War, however all war.

It is a testament to Americans of what life is like defending flexibility, whether or not you agree with the cause. This book impacted United States history by helping finishing the story. It helps write the last couple of pages of what this war was about; not by filling it with more truths, but by filling it with concerns, experiences, and life. This book shows to Americans why views and opinions were made and likewise the purpose for lots of questionable choices in our history. This book affected our nation’s history by providing the Vietnam War a personal touch.

Without this book, Americans would be entrusted to only realities, information, and short descriptions for what life resembled for the soldiers. The Important Things They Carried continues to impact readers and assists give understanding of present events. Since of this, it will continue to effect United States history for generations and its importance to our country and its history will just grow. The Things They Brought also significantly affected history in basic. It did this especially for those residing in Vietnam who were affected by the war. It shows them the trials and adversities that Americans encountered.

The book show these individuals a psychological side to the war and helps them understand our soldiers’ numerous intentions. On an international scale, the book helps those who question American methods and procedures to understand our nation’s motives, principles, and character. Numerous mistakes were made on our country’s part during the war and this book assists those who question those errors and or were affected by them a sense of understanding and mercy. This book likewise assists people to understand what life was like for all those who battled in wars throughout the Earth’s history.

It supplies a sense of understanding of what all soldiers are affected by in war beginning with the beginning of time. I have been significantly impacted by this book in both a positive and negative way. I have actually been positively affected by the brand-new sense of understanding and empathy for the Vietnam War Veterans. I can now see plainly what experiences they dealt with throughout the war. I can also understand the feelings of those who were against the war and attempted to prevent battling in it, just like the author. Another element I understand better now is their lives after the war.

The psychological chaos that veterans go through as soon as they arrive home from war can be considerably understood by reading this book. Even though it is troubling and I find it more than sinful, I have a higher sense of understanding for those like Norman Bowker from the novel who took his own life. Despite the fact that I am highly against his action, I understand why he felt lost, empty, and purposeless in the world after the war. Norman felt like he died in Vietnam and he had a hard time to find his location and function in life. This resulted in his suicide.

Because O’Brien included this story, it is much easier to find compassion for someone who would do what Bowker did. After reading this book, I have actually a brand-new found regard for Veterans. I have felt their feelings and their catastrophes, because of the power and realism of this book and now my compassion and regard for them has actually heightened considerably. The book also impacted me in an unfavorable method. I hate to ever envision that the things explained in the book ever took place, however this book made these things a reality for me. Much of the tales informed in this book are really disturbing and scary.

Though without the truthfulness and realism of this book and its stories, we would never be able to really comprehend what occurred to those who served in the Vietnam War. I am permanently grateful for reading this book. All Americans need to read it. Without it, they will never ever be able to comprehend what the Vietnam War Veterans really went through in Vietnam and what awful memories they are faced with remembering today. Tim O’Briens talent as a writer is what makes this unique such an engaging and eye opening experience. The Things They Carried is truly an American watch and a pivotal piece of American and historic literature.

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