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Tim OBriens The Things They Carried

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Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried

     Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is not a novel about the Vietnam War.  
It is a story about the soldiers and their experiences and emotions that are brought
about from the war.  O'Brien makes several statements about war through these dynamic
characters.  He shows the violent nature of soldiers under the pressures of war, he
makes an effective antiwar statement, and he comments on the reversal of a social deviation
into the norm.  By skillfully employing the stylistic technique of specific, conscious
detail selection and utilizing connotative diction, O'Brien thoroughly and convincingly makes
each point.

     The violent nature that the soldiers acquired during their tour in Vietnam is
one of O'Brien's predominant themes in his novel.  By consciously selecting very descriptive
details that reveal the drastic change in manner within the men, O'Brien creates
within the reader an understanding of the effects of wa...

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