Tim O Brien: A Brief Analysis

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Tim O'Brien was born in Austin, Minnesota, a town of about 20,000. When O'Brien was ten his family moved to Worthington, Minnesota. Worthington had a large influence on O'Brien's writing. He earned his BA in Political Science from Macalester College in 1968. That same year he was drafted into the army and was sent to Vietnam, where he served from 1968 to 1970 in 3rd Platoon, as an infantry foot soldier. After the war O'Brien went on to graduate school at Harvard University and received an internship at the Washington Post. O'Brien's writing career started in 1973 with the release of If I Die in a combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, about his war time experiences. Tim O'Brien's work are strongly relay to the Vietnam War. Most of Tim O'Brien's book are about the Vietnam War. "Tim O'Brien, a contemporary American novelist and short-story writer of immense imaginative power and range, freely admits that the Vietnam War was the dark, jarring experience that made him a writer." The dark side of the Vietnam War made O'Brien became a wirter. O'Brien wants people to know the side that people does not know.…show more content…
O'Brien writes about the man he killed in war. "It is possible he is going to heaven or hell." (The Things We Carried Ch 12, page 125) Tim O'Brien killed a man with a gernade in the war. He is writing this book because of his

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