Political Writing In Tim O Brian's The Things They Carried

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“[Writing] always – or almost always – is” (Foster 123). What Foster is describing is the fact that writing, if one looks hard enough, can find some political undertone to most works of literature. Writers are often observant, inquisitive, and passionate about the world, and when they write, it would be improbable for the social and political issues of the day not to influence that which the author is working on. Foster states that political writing can be considered a success when it “engages the realities of the world” (117). These realities – war, poverty, hunger, complex social issues – lend themselves easily to “good political writing.” Tim O’Brian’s The Things They Carried is a stimulating illustration of how a text can be political,

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