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ENG203 November 14 2002 The Things They Carried Tim OBriens fiction The Things They Carried creates a nostalgic feeling to the reader He loads the writing with intricate details of the descriptions of the things these soldiers carried and for the various purposes However Im given the impression that The author merely used the fact that these men were soldiers at the brink of death to magnify the common emotions of almost every individual The story is broken up into sections where the author spends a significant amount of time on the things these soldiers carry based on necessity rank and mission It is interesting how the author uses the necessity of soldier at war to reiterate the importance of emotional security OBrien alternates between narrative passages and simple descriptions of the items that the soldiers are carrying This fragmentation brings focus to the things the men are carrying both tangible and intangible Because along with the necessities like pocket knives and can openers some of the more comfortable needs included things like gum candy cigarettes comic books condoms dope pictures letters and the bible Rank was another category that deemed its own things to carry I guess civilians would look at it as status or job The authors use of rank to place each mans purpose to the platoon according to hierarchy this determined what each man would carry The all carried all they could bear and then some including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried Mission was the final play on the military aspect of the story Each soldiers mission varied according to purpose therefore varying tools In some respects though not many the waiting was worse than the tunnel itself Imagination was a killer One thing OBrien does frequently in describing the items is to tell how much it weighs Weight was one of the details he emphasized
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