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The Things They Carried

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Essay title: The Things They Carried

One of the most interesting aspects of The Things They Carried is the way O’Brien reveals the inner worlds of his characters. How far do you agree?

In “The Things They Carried” Tim O’Brien definitively reveals the inner worlds of his characters. That’s just one of the aspects that makes the collection of the stories interesting. The author describes himself as a quiet person who can be easily persuaded and goes through moral dilemmas. Through deeper analysis of the stories he reveals to us the way he truly feels about Vietnam and his new friends.

Tim O’Brien also deeply illustrates the characters of Norman Bowker and Mary Anne Bell. He writes about how the war changed them forever and how people don’t realize the trauma of war unless they’ve been there. Not only their inner worlds are revealed but most of their meaning of their lives, their responsibilities and conditions. Both physically and psychologically. The author uses their stories as a form of catharsis. His motive for writing is that “Stories can save us. That’s why they need to be told.”

A good example of a motive to write about is the story of Norman Bowker who was represented many times in Tim O’Brien’s stories. Norman Bowker lost himself with Kiowa. That’s where his courage died. When

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