The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a aggregation of short narratives that portrays the war of Vietnam. O’Brien while composing this aggregation focused on different issues related to war. He repeats many events and attempts to know apart world from truth. O’Brien’s specific manner is non a thriller. He does non compose suspense or in a detective sort of voice that a reader will maintain hanged about the tragic or happy stoping. In fact. he informs the reader in the start about the targeted stoping and so keeps analysing the facts behind it. O’Brien himself writes that you’ve to be disbelieving when you read a war narrative because it can’t be a true narrative. Normally the fiends came out to be true while many normal things in life are non. The things that Carried is his war memoir where facts are assorted with fiction.
While reading his narratives the reader is normally lost in happening the solution that whether the narrative is narrating facts or fiction. or whether it is something true or merely a fable.
“They carried the soldier’s greatest fright. which was the fright of crimsoning. Work force killed. and died. because they were embarrassed non to. It was what had brought them to the war in the first topographic point. nil positive. no dreams of glorification or award. merely to avoid the bloom of dishonour. They died so as non to decease of embarrassment. ” ( O’Brien )
After long term of suffering agonies. his position of life is that it is filled with desperation. depression and sadness. He didn’t narrate the narrative to acquire the support and understanding from others but because it was a normal visual perception in wars and to uncover true nature of life on others ( as he viewed it ) . His advice to readers is that they should first look into into the affair and so give their reading about the life.
“By stating narratives. you objectify your ain experience. You separate it from yourself. You pin down certain truths. You make up others. You start sometimes with an incident that genuinely happened. like the dark in the shit field. and you carry it frontward by contriving incidents that did non in fact occur but that however assist to clear up and explicate. ” ( O’Brien )
In above quotation marks O’Brien reflects his ain positions that truth is non ever at that place in such narratives. In fact. you start with something unusual and so you define it. Readers conceded that O’Brien’s positions are right and his life’s adversities are as cruel and inauspicious as hers. The war narrative demo how worlds suffer on this Earth due their ain immoralities. During his life-time he had seen war. greed. violent death and battle over money & A ; adult females.
“I’d come to this war a quiet. thoughtful kind of individual. a college grad. Phi Beta Kappa and summa semen laude. all the certificates. but after seven months in the shrub I realized that those high. civilized furnishings had someway been crushed under the weight of the simple day-to-day worlds. I’d turned average interior. ” ( O’Brien )
Many of the subjects of his narrative overlapped subjects of The Things They Carried. Hypocrisy of faith. greed for money. and usage of money to overpower others and corruptness were the chief subjects in the Vietnam War narratives.
O`Brien. Tim. The Things They Carried.