War In The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

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War is Hell Approximately 30% of men and 27% of women had PTSD at some point in their life following Vietnam. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien is a collection of interconnected stories about soldiers during the Vietnam War, exploring the physical and emotional burdens they carry. For the book club assessment choice, I chose to do a moodboard that represents the real aspects of war. Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried”, explores how war affects soldiers both physically and emotionally, while also making sense of how storytelling can help people find some relief from the heavy burdens they carry. “They carried their own lives” (O’Brien 15). This quote explains the heavy emotional baggage soldiers carry with them as they go into war. “They carried the soldier’s greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing” (O’brien 20). This quote shows that soldiers' fears go beyond physical aspects, it touches on the emotional aspects soldiers’ face as well. Like showing signs of weakness (blushing). …show more content…

They would touch their bodies feeling shame, then quickly hide it” (O’Brien 18). Moments like these contribute to their psychological struggles. Instead of showing fear, due to fear of failure, they bottle up these experiences, further complicating their time at war. “They carried their reputations” (O’Brien 20). This quote shows that the soldiers not only carry physical objects, but also non physical aspects as well. Such as their self-image. Portraying the belief that behind the facade of strength and bravery, there is also a side ruled of fear and

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