"The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien

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The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien is a story about a group of novice soldiers who are performing their tour of duty in Vietnam. According to Gene Lyons, this book is a blend of traditional and untraditional forms -- a collection, of "short stories, essays, anecdotes, narrative fragments, jokes, fables, biographical and autobiographical sketches, and philosophical asides" (Lyons.


The book takes a look at various themes such as bravery, truth, and the emotional stress of fighting a war, which affects their lives. The war affected their lives drastically by leaving an emotional scar in their lives, which affects their lives after the war. The soldiers are bitter towards the people of their community because they feel that they have given up their dreams and ambitions to fight a war to make those people happy.
It is really difficult not to notice Tim's masked bitterness and shame as he wishes that he had never fought in the war. Tim has always opposed the war and has spoken against it quite a few times. However he has not made such a big anti-war protest against the war because he is unconsciously afraid of the town people's reaction. It is a shock for him to receive a draft notice because he is against the meaningless Vietnam War. He feels that he is going to waste years of his life away to go and fight in a meaningless war. The town people apply a lot of pressure on him to go to war, which does not make it easy for him. ...
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