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Tim OBriens The Things Thy Carried is not a novel about the Vietnam War It is a story about the soldiers and their experiences and emotions that are brought about from the war OBrien makes several statements about war through these dynamic characters He shows the violent nature of soldiers under the pressure of war he makes an effective antiwar statement and he comments on the reversal of a social deviation into the norm By skillfully employing the stylistic technique of a specific conscious detail and utilizing connotative diction OBrien thoroughly and convincingly makes each pointThe violent nature that the soldiers acquired during their venture through Vietnam is one of OBriens predominant themes in his novel By consciously selecting very descriptive details that reveal the drastic change in manner within the men OBrien creates within the reader an understanding of the effects of war on it participants One of the soldiers Norman Bowler otherwise a very gentle person carried a ThumbThe Thumb was dark brown rubbery to touchIt had been cut from a VC corpse a boy of fifteen or sixteen13 Bowler had been a very good-natured person in civilian life yet war makes him into a very hard-mannered emotionally devoid soldierBibliographyThe Things they Crried By tim Obrien
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