The Things They Carried

Author: Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547420295
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Things They Carried

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 9781438114842
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Electronic books

This collection of stories from Vietnam War writer Tim O'Briens paints a through picture of the soldiers' life in the Vietnam War.

War in Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried

Author: Gary Wiener
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9780737754599
Release Date: 2011-06-13
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

This did not happen is a common refrain throughout the stories in The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien's account of the Vietnam War purposely blurs the line between fact and fiction to get closer to the truth of what soldiers actually experienced. This compelling volume explores the life of Tim O'Brien and his attempts to wrestle with the trauma and shame of war in The Things They Carried. A collection of related essays explore topics such as the moral complexity of war, writing as a path to spiritual redemption, and the novel's portrayal of gender. Contemporary perspectives on war, such as the need to help soldiers suffering from PTSD and not repeating the mistakes of Vietnam, are also presented.

Summary and Analysis of The Things They Carried

Author: Worth Books
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781504043762
Release Date: 2017-01-31
Genre: Study Aids

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Things They Carried tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Tim O’Brien’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This Summary of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien includes: Historical context Story-by-story summaries Character analysis Themes and symbols Important quotes Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the source work About The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien: A New York Times Book of the Century and Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Things They Carried is a modern classic and an essential work of literature about the Vietnam War. Brilliantly blending fact and fiction, autobiography and imagination, Tim O’Brien draws on personal experience to tell the stories of a platoon of American soldiers sent to fight Vietnam. As they trek through jungles and across mountains, the young men of Alpha Company carry radios, assault rifles, C-rations, and good luck charms—as well as grief, love, terror, and the shame of cowardice. Most of all, they carry the dream of escape, not yet knowing that the burden of memory will haunt them long after the war is over. Taught in classrooms all over the world, The Things They Carried is a groundbreaking work of art that reveals the true nature of war and celebrates the healing power of storytelling. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.

The Things They Carried

Author: SparkNotes LLC.
Publisher: Spark Notes
ISBN: 1586638270
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Study Aids

This 'SparkNote' delivers knowledge on 'The Things They Carried'. Including summaries of every chapter with thorough analysis, explanation of the key themes, motifs, symbols and more.

The Things They Carried

Author: BookCaps Study Guides
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
ISBN: 9781610427050
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Business & Economics

The perfect companion to Tim O’Brien’s "The Things They Carried," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

CliffsNotes on O Brien s The Things They Carried

Author: Jill Colella
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544184213
Release Date: 2011-05-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Things They Carried, you discover Tim O'Brien's powerful and innovative novel about the experiences of foot soldiers during and after the Vietnam War. Drawing largely on his own experiences during the war, the author creates a fictional protagonist who shares the author's own name, and allows this fictional "Tim O'Brien" to relate disturbing war stories as he creates an indictment against the wastefulness of war. Chapter summaries and commentaries take you through Tim O'Brien's very personal journey. Critical essays give you insight into the novel's historical context, the novel's narrative structure, and the theme of loss of innocence. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of the main characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters A section on the life and background of Tim O'Brien A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Aufgabe und Entwicklung des Lieutenant Jimmy Cross und die Aufgabe und Nichtentwicklung der restlichen M nner des Platoons in Tim O Briens The Things They Carried

Author: Patricia Zimmermann
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783638193160
Release Date: 2003-06-03
Genre: Literary Collections

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2000 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2,25, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: [...] Die Geschichte The Things They Carried spielt Mitte 1970 in der Nähe der Ortschaft Than Khe und handelt von dem oben schon erwähnten Zug, dem siebzehn Soldaten angehören, von denen neun wiederum mit Namen genannt werden. Zum einen enthält sie, fast listenhaft, Aufzählungen von Dingen, die die Soldaten während ihrem Einsatz in Vietnam tragen müssen oder wollen. Diese Dinge sind sowohl materieller Art und Weise, als auch belastende Erinnerungen, Erfahrungen und Gefühle. Zum anderen erzählt die Geschichte von Lieutenant Cross, der aufgrund seiner Liebe zu Martha geistig von seiner Arbeit abgelenkt wird. Als Ted Lavender erschossen wird fühlt Cross sich schuldig, da er es seiner Meinung nach hätte verhindern können, wäre er nicht durch Martha abgelenkt gewesen. Als Konsequenz beschließt er, mehr Disziplin in seinen Zug einzuführen und Martha aus seinen Gedanken zu verbannen. Ein weiteres Thema ist der Tod Ted Lavenders und die Reaktionen der Männer, besonders von Jimmy Cross und Kiowa. Wie oben schon erwähnt, wird die Geschichte immer wieder von Abschnitten geprägt, die davon berichten was die Männer bei sich tragen. Diese Listen unterbrechen immer wieder die zusammenhängende Geschichte von Jimmy Cross. Es ist als würde ein Geschichtenerzähler immer wieder unterbrochen und abgelenkt werden. Wenn er dann mit seiner Geschichte fortfahren will überschneidet es sich teilweise mit schon Gesagten, auf das er jetzt aber näher eingeht als beim ersten Mal. Durch 5 diese Wiederholungen wird besonders Jimmy Cross Gedankengang verbildlicht. Seine Gedanken kreisen immer nur um Martha, mal intensiver, mal weniger intensiv. Auch kreisen sie immer wieder um die selben Bilder aus der Vergangenheit. Auch Jimmy Cross wird immer wieder, durch den Alltag, bei seinem Träumen unterbrochen. Nach der Unterbrechung fährt er dann mit seinen Träumen fort, die meist wieder von vorn beginnen. Für den Leser intensiviert sich dadurch Jimmy Cross Gedankengang, so daß er immer mehr und immer genauere Angaben von Jimmy Cross Problem erhält. Im weiteren Verlauf dieser Arbeit wird genauer auf die Person Jimmy Cross eingegangen, was seine Ausgangsposition ist, und wie sich seine Liebe zu Martha und er sich selber im Verlauf der Kurzgeschichte verändert. Als Gegenposition zu Jimmy Cross wird dann noch kurz auf die restlichen Männer des Platoons eingegangen, die sich im Verlauf der Geschichte nicht verändern.

Truth and Fiction in Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried

Author: Larissa Pöltl
ISBN: 3668290768
Release Date: 2016-09-14

Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7, University of Mannheim (Anglistisches Seminar), course: In Times of Crisis. Representations of War in American Literature and Film from the Civil War to Iraq, language: English, abstract: In the book "The things they carried" by Tim O'Brien the narrator says that a good war story is never true. He admits that nearly everything in the book is made up, after saying that it is true before. However, the reader learns that not until the 7th chapter, in which O'Brien, the narrator, tells the reader that everything up to now has been invented. Similarly, he leaves open if some things are true or not. Even the narrator, who is named like the author himself, is made up and has no or little similarity to the author, e.g the author O'Brien does not have a daughter, whereas the narrator O'Brien does. Reading "The things they carried," a question keeps coming up again and again: Why does he do that? Why does Tim O'Brien, the narrator, constantly tell the reader that everything is made up? It does not make any sense. The reader just gets confused. In addition to this question, I found myself wondering if there was a clear difference between truth and fiction in the book, namely if you could say this is true and this is untrue and this is certain and this is uncertain. And if yes, was it O'Brien's intention to draw this clear line, or did it just happen by accident? Of course, one cannot know everything for certain and no one can look into O'Brien's brain, but you can make assumptions based on the knowledge you have. In my paper I will focus mainly on the aspect why the principle of truth and fiction is used in The things the carried and which effects come out of that. I think this is very interesting, because, in my opinion, this is the main aspect of the whole book. Someone who reads it will not be able to stop themselves from asking questions in their head. The main process while reading

The Things They Carried by Tim O Brien Book Analysis

Author: Bright Summaries
ISBN: 9782808019071
Release Date: 2019-04-08
Genre: Study Aids

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Things They Carried with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, a series of interconnected short stories set during the Vietnam War. O’Brien was drafted to fight in Vietnam when he was in his early 20s, and he has written extensively about the conflict in both fiction and nonfiction pieces. In The Things They Carried, he tries to make sense of his and his comrades’ experiences during the war, which have an enduring effect on them and are never fully understood by those at home. As well as The Things They Carried, O’Brien is known for his novel Going After Cacciato and the autobiographical account If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home. Find out everything you need to know about The Things They Carried in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with!

Geheimnisse und L gen

Author: Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 3630868568
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Married people

Vietnam ist noch immer ein Trauma und My Lai ist der Name der amerikanischen Schande. Nach 20 Jahren der Geheimhaltung, des Vergessens und Verdrängens holen diese Sünden den Politiker John Wade ein, als er sich um einen Sitz im Senat bewirbt.