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Briefly-- I would just like to explain why I chose the following book as a great source for research and to compose a book review on There is not only a lot of factual information about secrecy kept in Vietnam which is of great help for my research plans but also Tim O Brien very effectively informs me of how Americans were changed and what their thought processes were during the war And by being able to understand what others went through and how they thought I will now be able to more accurately translate what my primary source is telling me during our interviewsThe Things They Carried By Tim O BirenDTATim O Brien s The Things They 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 O Brien makes several statements about war through these dynamic characters He shows the violent nature of soldiers under the pressures of war 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 specific conscious detail selection and utilizing connotative diction O Brien thoroughly and convincingly makes each pointThe violent nature that the soldiers acquired during their tour in Vietnam is one of O Brien s predominant themes in his novel By consciously selecting very descriptive details that reveal the drastic change in manner within the men O Brien creates within the reader an understanding of the effects of war on its participants The author also lets the reader understand how war changes well mannered men into men with no sense of morality or care For example a soldier named Ted Lavender adopted an orphaned puppy Azar strapped it to a Claymore antipersonnel mine and squeezed the firing device39 Azar has become demented to kill a puppy that someone else has adopted is
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