The Weight In The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

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The Weight In the short story, “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien talks about the weight soldiers carry in war. This particular war that Tim O’Brien was a part of is the Vietnam war. The soldiers in Vietnam have not only their gear to carry but they also carry the weight of the world in their hearts. Tim O’Brien uses symbolism, figurative language, and imagery to tell us of none other than pure hell. “They carried shameful memories” (O’Brien 439). The symbolism used in this short story is the items the soldiers carry on their back. The items the soldiers carry is the psychological weight of war. “They shared the weight of memory” (436). Soldiers in Vietnam had not a clue why they were there. They miss their family and friends and their

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