Introduction The Things They Carried is a text where writer Tim O’Brien the stories he encountered throughout his time in the Vietnam War. These stories, traumatic as well as warm and humorous, are ones that the author will never erase from his memory. It seems that O’Brien is retelling these stories to enlighten those who have never had experience on the battlefield in order to reach a certain level of understanding and to discover repercussions that it brings onto the human condition, both physically and mentally. Evidently, he wants to convey emotion within the reader. The stories also recall the life lessons that O’Brien learned about friendship, forgiveness, respect and reputation as well as foreignness and the other.
The Things They Carried Thematic Essay “Special honor or respect shown publicly,” is the definition of homage and homage is the biggest motivator in Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried. He wrote this book to pay homage to the men who died for our country during his fight in Vietnam. It is a theme that carries throughout this collection of stories. The Things They Carried is a way to see what these soldiers went through and who they were before passing away. They were O’Brien’s friends during the fight and they were all but numbers after the war, or distant memories.
Equality’s tunnel resembles Plato’s cave, and the Scholars represent those still not in reality. In fact, “The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore the things which are not known by all do not exist,” a mindset parallel to those unaware of reality (52). Equality travels to the Home of Scholars, attempting to bring them into the light, yet just as those in the Plato’s Allegory, the Scholars do not believe him. It is not until after Equality escapes into the forest, however, that he leaves the cave of morality: “We remembered we are the Damned. We remembered it and laughed” he jested (80).
Also by mainly using this method he forced us to really analyze the characters to completely understand their role. Sometimes he used more than one method of characterization because the character trait was really important in the story he was telling, For example, O’Brien really emphasized how benevolent and sympathetic Kiowa was multiple times by using Kiowa’s quotes and the quotes from the other soldiers. I think he did this so the readers could see how Kiowa played a major role in counseling the group and helping most of the guys get through some difficult times. If a reader was trying to describe Kiowa they could possibly say he was an amiable soldier, a man with a stable spirit, and a greatly admired human
The uniform makes for brotherhood,since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country. Tim Obrien The Things They Carried. The things they carried is about Tim and his stories, his memories throughout the Vietnam war, leading up to the war when he got drafted and years later trying to deal with his emotions about everything. This book deals with different stories from other people in Tim's platoon and what they were going through and what they went through years later. Throughout this story you see how brotherhood affects a human and how death changes them.
Despite the novel The Great Gatsby being primarily about Gatsby the story is narrated by his friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway. In the beginning of the novel Nick says he is “inclined to reserve all judgements” which he holds true throughout the entire novel. This makes Nick a very effective narrator. Because Nick tends to not be judgmental people tend to like and trust him. Which leads to numerous characters telling Nick intimate details of their life.
In “The Prey” By Tom Isbell The main character's qualities contribute to the theme of the novel by adding a character that we can relate to. First of all, in the text in states“Sometimes I feel utterly invisible”(6) Furthermore “We have to get up there and do what's right to save ourselves and countless others(365)In the first Quote it shows the reader that Book (the main character in the story) doesn't have very many friends and feels invisible. In the other quote it shows the reader that book has made new friends and has stood up for himself. Ultimately, this shows that the character qualities contribute to the theme and makes it easier for the reader to get the
Morrie Schwartz is one very quotable person. An aphorism of his is “Accept the past as the past, without denying it or discarding.” (Albom 18) Of all the aphorism I could choose to write about, I choses this one. Why? Because I can relate to it. Morrie accepts his past of how his mother, father, and brother died, how he was stuff.
Classic American works of literature have recurring themes involving tales of friendship, loneliness, and appreciation of life. Novels to teach the coming generations, they clearly depict the struggles and dreams every average family or folk by providing simple plots every reader can relatively relate to. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is no exception to the rule. Following the daily lives of two friends, the cliche of internal struggle is prevalent throughout the duration of the novel. From the depictions of actions and attributes of the characters, themes, and plot, audiences can obviously pluck out the cliche.
V. Conclusion In conclusion, the poem is about a Vietnam war veteran who is visiting a war memorial and is having a hard time dealing with the fact that he is a survivor of the war. The speaker gives reason to why he is feeling such a split, and why he is having such a hard time dealing with his emotions. The speaker describes himself as well as the memorial as stone which means he thinks of himself as strong and steady, but the speaker also realizes that he is too only a man and he is also “flesh” meaning he is only but man and he does have emotions which the memorial bring out of