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. The chapter also showed how the war shaped and changed the way Tim O’Brien thought and dealt with things. “After the rot cleared up, once I could think straight, I devoted a lot of …show more content…
Tim dealt through the war by blaming himself, blaming others, and by taking revenge against those who hurt him in some way or form. Azar on the other hand, Azar never blamed himself when he did something wrong, he always blame everyone but himself and that was his way of dealing with the war. Azar’s war of coping with the through making jokes about serious matter like in the chapter “Style” when the girl lost her home and her entire family, she was dancing in the rain as a coping mechanism but Azar was making fun of the girl and asking why she was dancing under the rain day and night without eating. In a way Azar felt and behaved like a kid throughout the book because he did stupid stuff like when he blew away Ted Lavender’s puppy and he was trying to defend himself with the logic that he is just a kid and shouldn’t be in the war in the first place. Throughout the book, Azar still carries this kid-like mentality with him like when he joined Tim on the revenge mission to scare Bobby during his night watch war was still comparing it to a game of war that little children play at their homes “----That’s all this is. A cute little background war game. Brings back memories--”
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Azar is the man at war who absolutely loves gore and fighting and can find it in his mind to crack jokes about death during war, even if it is about his own friend. Azar takes part in malicious activities including helping Tim O’Brien play a prank on Jorgenson. He uses this to fuel his hate fire. Azar states, “What’s everybody so upset about?” and “I mean, Christ, I’m just boy” (35).
His embarrassment causes him to enlist in the military and he ends up serving time in Vietnam. The novel touches on his experiences and bonds with his platoon while serving his time in Vietnam. Throughout the book, Myers shows a realistic depiction of war such as the graphic violence, the inner thoughts of a soldier, and how the platoon struggles to survive. Throughout the novel, Myers utilizes many different ways to portray the realistic depiction of war.
Tim O’Brien and Brian Turner are both war veterans, who published books based on their war experience. Both of their books expresses their feelings and both have a unique way of telling war stories. However, Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried book captures the reality of war better than Brian Turner’s Here Bullet book. Tim O’Brien is very descriptive with his story, He is very direct and very good at telling a war story to make it more interesting.
Throughout the story, Tim O’Brien writes about things he carried from the war to his normal life and speaks about the difficulties of it. He carries things from the war to his normal life because of the PTSD he suffers from. He brings words from the war over to normal life because the words used in war have become the new normal for him whether it be good or bad, but either way, PTSD reminds him about the experiences using these words during the war. The story states, “He doesn’t know how to live with the guilt of the war. He uses words that he would only use in the war because he is not used to normal life after the war.”
War’s Reality We as humans find conflict to be rash and futile, but to the soldiers that fight for our freedom, it is an honor and a privilege, but it is dreadful nonetheless. We are going to be discussing Tim O'Brien's intentions in writing the short story “Where Have You Gone Charming Billy.” It is my understanding that he wrote the story to tell us about war as it is hard to imagine its entirety and that war takes lives. Finally, I believe that he wants us to see how dangerous and terrifying war really is.
They could be terrified of losing their lives. These are some ways Tim O’Brien tries to explain what the war is like. War to some people might not be emotional, but to the soldiers it is. It's hard for us to imagine how many emotions can go with the war. Tim O’Brien tries to make people understand how emotional the war is in his stories.
When faced with war soldiers change, for better or for worse. Modern culture celebrates the glory of patriotic sacrifice. However, this celebration often leaves out the gritty details and trauma of violence behind war and the way it affects people. Homer’s The Odyssey and William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives clearly discuss these details. Both debate the long-awaited return of warriors that went off to fight a war and the way the experience changes the protagonists.
Tim O’Brien never lies. While we realise at the end of the book that Kiowa, Mitchell Sanders and Rat Kiley are all fictional characters, O’Brien is actually trying to tell us that there is a lot more truth hidden in these imagined characters than we think. This suggests that the experiences he went through were so traumatic, the only way to describe it was through the projection of fictional characters. O’Brien explores the relationship between war experiences and storytelling by blurring the lines between truth and fiction. While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted.
Throughout the entire story, the narrator explains how close the men become to each other. You become brothers and you trust each other with your lives. In the chapter, The Ghost Soldiers, Tim O’Brien sees the men he was on the platoon with and is
The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien, illustrates the experiences of a man and his comrades throughout the war in Vietnam. Tim O’Brien actually served in the war, so he had a phenomenal background when it came to telling the true story about the war. In his novel, Tim O’Brien uses imagery to portray every necessary detail about the war and provide the reader with a true depiction of the war in Vietnam. O’Brien starts out the book by describing everything he and his comrades carry around with them during the war. Immediately once the book starts, so does his use of imagery.
He fought a war in Vietnam that he knew nothing about, all he knew was that, “Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons” (38). He realized that he put his life on the line for a war that is surrounded in controversy and questions. Through reading The Things They Carried, it was easy to feel connected to the characters; to feel their sorrow, confusion, and pain. O’Briens ability to make his readers feel as though they are actually there in the war zones with him is a unique ability that not every author possess.
It’s ironic that one would want to relive the horrors of war. Traditionally, a veteran would do anything in his power to forget everything he saw and experienced at war. However, for Tim O’Brien, it’s the exact opposite: Storytelling is the way that he copes, the way he keeps the dead alive, and the way he allows for outsiders to feel what he felt during the war. In The Things They Carried, O’Brien portrays the power of storytelling by using it to rehumanize the soldiers during the hardships of war.
O’Brien presents a variety of stories to present the complexity of war. “On The Rainy River” is a pre-war
O’Brien’s intended audience was young people who were not educated about the war and he discussed the themes shame/guilt and mortality/death. The chapter “The Things They Carried” gives an introduction about the men in the group, it also shows shame/guilt. The chapter talks about the equipment each soldier carried and how it affected them. During this chapter it focuses primarily on LT.
This has influenced the reader’s interpretation of the story by providing many different viewpoints within the story using a nonparticipant narrator point of view. The narrator sees into the minds of the other platoon members of Tim O’Brien’s squad. For example, the narrator describes the feelings and mindset of First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, as he is becoming home sick and missing his friends and family back home. “In the late afternoon, after a day’s march, First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of light pretending. He would imagine romantic camping trips into the White Mountains in New Hampshire (O’Brien 615).”