The Things They Carried: A Literary Analysis

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In literature there are two types of violence: the specific injury that characters bring upon themselves or other characters, and violence brought on by the author that causes characters to suffer in general. An example of injury that characters bring upon themselves or other characters is in the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien because it is about the Vietnam war. The soldiers in the story are fighting, planning attacks, and die by explosives, knives, and guns. An example of violence brought on by the author causing characters to suffer would be in the book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini when Miriam’s mother kills herself. The author uses this death to advance the plot so Miriam has to go live with her father and

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