5 Paragraph Essay: The Things They Carried 'By Tim O' Brien

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Fiction Essay “The Things They Carried” a short story by Tim O’Brien is about soldiers in the Vietnam War. O’Brien being a war veteran himself knows what the war was like, and he reflects this in this story. This story is about the many things that the soldiers carried. This story was one that made me want to keep turning the page and it is a story that gave an amazing inner view of what life on the frontlines is really like. The soldiers in the Vietnam War and for any War for that matter are constantly scared for their lives and just living day to day is a struggle they are forced to face fighting, death, and sickness on a daily basis. “The things they carried where largely determined by necessity” (473) some stuff every man had to carry for basic survival but some other things men carried were more of what they found important to them, all of the weight they carried is symbolic of the emotional weight they carried with them as well. The war can take a great toll on a man constantly moving and having to carry all of your belonging with you most of the things they were…show more content…
Some of these include death of others around them Vietnamese men, women, and children. Also they saw many of the people in their platoon get killed or die. Men tried to close themselves off from what was going on “they carried shameful memories” (482). “Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. It was what had brought them to the war in the first place, nothing positive, not dreams of glory or honor, just to avoid the blush of dishonor. The died so as not to die of embarrassment”(483). This quote describes what the men were feeling they wanted to go home and leave a lot of them were cowards deep down but they didn’t was to disappoint and be cowards because they came to the war and most were trying to do it the honorable way even if it led to death it was better than leaving like a

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