Heavy Memory Tim O Brien Literary Analysis

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Heavy Memories The short story, “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien used his memories from the war to create stories, and the stories use symbols to create memories of their own. The symbolism of all the things being carried throughout the story explains the personality of the men and explains the war. All of the men carried things essential to survive. Things that were necessities or near necessities included can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wrist watches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of kool aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, military payment certificates, C rations, and canteens of water. Among that, they carried things they needed for the war including guns, helmets and…show more content…
Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from Martha. Someone that he knew he could never be with. He loved Martha and knew that she did not love him back. He eventually burned these love letters because he knew they were not going to save him. He realized that what were going to save him were the heavy things that he was carrying; weapons and machinery. Naturalism is evident in the short story when the men tried to hide their natural human emotions such as fear. The men found themselves acting this way because the symbolism in the things they are carrying show their true personalities. They knew that the only way they could survive was to act in ways that were not according to human nature. “As a fiction writer, I do not write just about the world we live in, but I also write about the world we ought to live in, and could, which is a world of imagination”, by Tim O’Brien, author of the short story, “The Things They Carried.” Tim O’Brien lived a normal childhood before he went into the Vietnam War. He enjoyed playing baseball, doing magic tricks, and spending time in the library reading. He graduated from Macalester College in 1968 with a B.A. in political science. He wanted to be a writer like his father,

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