In much of literature, authors use characters to convey a point or theme he or she is trying to make. By putting a character in certain situations and creating an according reaction, a reader may be able to empathize or be persuaded to think a certain way. For example, in Tim O’Brien’s short story, “On a Rainy River,” the author tries to tell or teach readers that society may be responsible for many of the problems people face. In Tim’s case (the main character society forces him to make one of his toughest decisions, and within these decisions or conflicts, the author teaches his lesson. He gets drafted into a war he does not agree with.
This chapter “The Ghost Soldiers”, showed us how Tim O’Brien and the other soldiers were dealing with the war both physically and psychologically. It also shows us how the Tim O'Brien behaved and felt when he was shot, wounded and had a bacteria infection on his butt and how the war changed the way he thought, and viewed the other soldiers around him. This chapter also contain a lot of psychological lens. From the way Tim O’Brien felt when he was shot and separated from his unit to a new unit to when he wanted revenge on Bobby Jorgenson for almost “killing” him.
In Tim O’Brien’s aptly named story, “The Things They Carried,” detailed lists of items carried by each of the characters are presented to the reader. Each character carries varying physical and emotional burdens on their shoulders as they march through the jungles of Vietnam. The technique of listing the things they carried is an excellent use of characterization and gives the reader an in-depth understanding of each individual which, in return, allows O’Brien to achieve a connection between his characters and his audience. The list of internal and external burdens carried by the extensive cast of characters acts as a form of characterization.
Another River, Another Town Book Review Another River, Another Town, by John P. Irwin, is a book about a teenage tank gunner in the end years of World War II. He learns to grow up real quick during his first experience with war. He went in wanting to be a hero, he left happy to be alive. From the book’s beginning, Irwin reveals himself to be self-deprecating, honest and quite detailed in his recollection of his service.
The mind’s perception of an event creates a fictional story that reveals true emotions better than the reality of an actual event. O’Brien says that “What seems to happen becomes its own happening and has to be told that way”(67-68), meaning, in certain events, there is a difference between what one person and another person sees. The way each person comprehends the event affects the way the situation is remembered, changing the memory to fit their personal reaction. The distortion of the memory affects how a person tells the story for others to understand the way the person felt at the time. When soldiers tell war stories, their feeling about the event causes them to embellish the story as a way to capture the effects of the event.
There are three main reasons why Tim O'Brien writes war stories. The first reason is to help us heal. The second reason is to encourage us. The last reason is to help us see others point of view.
Veterans after the Vietnam War PTSD or also known as post-traumatic stress syndrome is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Symptoms may include, flashbacks (reliving the trauma over and over), physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating, easily startled, feeling tense or “on edge”, having difficulty sleeping, having angry outbursts, bad dreams, and mood swings. Although there are some people who have not actually gone through a traumatic experience still can have symptoms of PTSD. There are two ways to treat PTSD that have been proven to be effective on Veterans. These treatments are counseling and medication.
The book If I die in a Combat Zone Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien is a brillIant illustration of World War I and the impact it had on Americans. O’Brien expresses his opinion that World War I was not America’s war to fight through his depiction of the effect the war had on Americans physically and emotionally O’Brien showed readers that many Americans were not in favor of America’s entry into the war. Apart from the concept of isolationism, which basically means that America stays out of the affairs of other countries, Americans had other reasons to justify their convictions. Some Americans felt like the war was immoral and unnecessary and that the war was a game to politicians at the price of innocent lives being lost. O’Brien was one them, he showed
Hemingway’s first novel The Sun Also Rises received good reviews and has been recognized to be one of his greatest works. The author has aimed to epitomize the post-war expatriate generation and the major themes of the novel appear to move around two epigraphs; the first epigraph was a quotation from Ecclesiastes while the other was created by Hemingway’s Gertrude Stein. In this work, Hemingway has portrayed the life of a number of expatriate people who make the rounds of bars in Paris and resort in Spain and whom they attempt to engage with activities of fishing, drinking, talking, making love, and attending bullfights ; Hemingway has emphasized that those expatriate in their seeking for the leisure time are aimless lost generation. The Great War has brought with it the destruction of the old values
Have you ever imagined risking your life for your family and friends or can you imagine being afraid to win the lottery? Dystopia is a futuristic imagined universe, where the dictators or government controls people by philosophical and religious ideology or many other ways. There are a lot of movies or books about dystopia, which shows the community as an undesirable and frightening society. How do we know if a society is dystopian? According to Živković, D. Milan in the article “SOCIETY IN THE ENGLISH LITERARY DYSTOPIA”
The theme and his life experience are relatable because his experiences of war is what the theme is telling us readers, that war isn’t a friendly experience and sometimes a lie can better the truth of a war story. Within the article “Voicing Vietnam” it states, “ Tim O’Brien, who two decades earlier was a soldier in Vietnam. His account of what happened — amid the hamlets and forests of the Batangan Peninsula and in other areas of operation — to him and the other members of his platoon is punctuated by rueful, sometimes anguished reflections on the elusiveness of meaning and the fraught relationship between truth and invention.” Throughout the novel, there are different stories for each chapter that are all based upon being at war, however each story that is told are about different results that occur within the soldier's emotional state and also how each cope with their fellow soldier’s death. What O’Brien does to these stories that aren’t real, he continues to do small twists
Josselyn Palma Ms.Fox LA (H), 3rd Period Character Analysis March 29, 2016 The Things that Changed Tim O’Brien In the novel “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien is a collection of short stories about a group of soldiers marching in the Vietnam war including the author himself in and after war. Each soldier is described by their stories and what each individual carried that kept them alive like the emotional burdens of memories, stories, fear and guilt.
In The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, Tim uses a series of war stories to explain what it was like for him and his fellow soldiers in the Vietnam War. While many seem factually untrue, he describes a True war story as one that makes you feel the same emotions and feelings the soldiers had, opposed to true war stories that tell of what actually happened. He explains how the teller “wanted to heat up the truth, to make it burn so hot that you would feel exactly what he felt… facts were formed by sensation, not the other way around…” (O’Brien 89). The stories were made up based off how they felt experiencing it. One specific story, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” recounts the story of a soldier bringing over his girlfriend and the transformation she goes through as she spends time in the jungle.
When a gear has been fully developed and created it is moved from the assembly line into a machine. This machine slowly begins to wear at the gear and degrade it. By the end of its time in the machine, the gear is nearly unrecognizable, rusted and disfigured. Much like a gear and its machine, soldiers are often left unrecognizable by war. In Tim O’Brien’s, The Things They Carried, the author depicts stories from his time in vietnam and his time after.