The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Tim O'Brien
ISBN-10 9780547420295
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 256
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.



CliffsNotes on O Brien s The Things They Carried

CliffsNotes on O Brien s The Things They Carried Author Jill Colella
ISBN-10 9780544184213
Release 2011-05-18
Pages 128
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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Things They Carried, you discover Tim O'Brien's powerful and innovative novel about the experiences of foot soldiers during and after the Vietnam War. Drawing largely on his own experiences during the war, the author creates a fictional protagonist who shares the author's own name, and allows this fictional "Tim O'Brien" to relate disturbing war stories as he creates an indictment against the wastefulness of war. Chapter summaries and commentaries take you through Tim O'Brien's very personal journey. Critical essays give you insight into the novel's historical context, the novel's narrative structure, and the theme of loss of innocence. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of the main characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters A section on the life and background of Tim O'Brien A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Harold Bloom
ISBN-10 9781438114842
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 149
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This collection of stories from Vietnam War writer Tim O'Briens paints a through picture of the soldiers' life in the Vietnam War.



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author BookCaps Study Guides
ISBN-10 9781610427050
Release 2011
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The perfect companion to Tim O’Brien’s "The Things They Carried," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.



Summary and Analysis of The Things They Carried

Summary and Analysis of The Things They Carried Author Worth Books
ISBN-10 9781504043762
Release 2017-01-31
Pages 30
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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Things They Carried tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Tim O’Brien’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This Summary of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien includes: Historical context Story-by-story summaries Character analysis Themes and symbols Important quotes Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the source work About The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien: A New York Times Book of the Century and Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Things They Carried is a modern classic and an essential work of literature about the Vietnam War. Brilliantly blending fact and fiction, autobiography and imagination, Tim O’Brien draws on personal experience to tell the stories of a platoon of American soldiers sent to fight Vietnam. As they trek through jungles and across mountains, the young men of Alpha Company carry radios, assault rifles, C-rations, and good luck charms—as well as grief, love, terror, and the shame of cowardice. Most of all, they carry the dream of escape, not yet knowing that the burden of memory will haunt them long after the war is over. Taught in classrooms all over the world, The Things They Carried is a groundbreaking work of art that reveals the true nature of war and celebrates the healing power of storytelling. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Tim O'Brien
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One of the first questions people ask about The Things They Carried is this: Is it a novel, or a collection of short stories? The title page refers to the book simply as "a work of fiction," defying the conscientious reader's need to categorize this masterpiece. It is both: a collection of interrelated short pieces which ultimately reads with the dramatic force and tension of a novel. Yet each one of the twenty-two short pieces is written with such care, emotional content, and prosaic precision that it could stand on its own. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves. With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war.It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive. In 1979, Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato -- a novel about the Vietnam War -- won the National Book Award. In this, his second work of fiction about Vietnam, O'Brien's unique artistic vision is again clearly demonstrated. Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later.



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author SparkNotes LLC.
ISBN-10 1586638270
Release 2002
Pages 84
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This 'SparkNote' delivers knowledge on 'The Things They Carried'. Including summaries of every chapter with thorough analysis, explanation of the key themes, motifs, symbols and more.



Truth and Fiction in Tim O Brien s The things they carried

Truth and Fiction in Tim O Brien s  The things they carried Author Larissa Pöltl
ISBN-10 9783668290754
Release 2016-09-05
Pages 13
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7, University of Mannheim (Anglistisches Seminar), course: In Times of Crisis. Representations of War in American Literature and Film from the Civil War to Iraq, language: English, abstract: In the book "The things they carried" by Tim O'Brien the narrator says that a good war story is never true. He admits that nearly everything in the book is made up, after saying that it is true before. However, the reader learns that not until the 7th chapter, in which O'Brien, the narrator, tells the reader that everything up to now has been invented. Similarly, he leaves open if some things are true or not. Even the narrator, who is named like the author himself, is made up and has no or little similarity to the author, e.g the author O'Brien does not have a daughter, whereas the narrator O'Brien does. Reading "The things they carried", a question keeps coming up again and again: Why does he do that? Why does Tim O'Brien, the narrator, constantly tell the reader that everything is made up? It does not make any sense. The reader just gets confused. In addition to this question, I found myself wondering if there was a clear difference between truth and fiction in the book, namely if you could say this is true and this is untrue and this is certain and this is uncertain. And if yes, was it O'Brien's intention to draw this clear line, or did it just happen by accident? Of course, one cannot know everything for certain and no one can look into O'Brien's brain, but you can make assumptions based on the knowledge you have. In my paper I will focus mainly on the aspect why the principle of truth and fiction is used in The things the carried and which effects come out of that. I think this is very interesting, because, in my opinion, this is the main aspect of the whole book. Someone who reads it will not be able to stop themselves from asking questions in their head. The main process while reading is that you just keep asking yourself these questions again and again and you cannot find any answer to them. My goal, however, is not to find any answers, but to try to explain this aspect truth and fiction as a whole and to examine what it might contribute to describe the Vietnam war.



Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried

Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried Author Harold Bloom
ISBN-10 1604138734
Release 2011
Pages 162
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Presents a collection of critical essays that discuss the characters, themes, and plots of the composite novel.



War in Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried

War in Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried Author Gary Wiener
ISBN-10 0737754605
Release 2011
Pages 222
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Discusses how war is represented in literature through the use of essays and interviews on Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Davat BUkbu
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. Amazon.com Review "They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight. They carried shameful memories. They carried the common secret of cowardice.... Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to." A finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Things They Carried marks a subtle but definitive line of demarcation between Tim O'Brien's earlier works about Vietnam, the memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone and the fictional Going After Cacciato, and this sly, almost hallucinatory book that is neither memoir nor novel nor collection of short stories but rather an artful combination of all three. Vietnam is still O'Brien's theme, but in this book he seems less interested in the war itself than in the myriad different perspectives from which he depicts it. Whereas Going After Cacciato played with reality, The Things They Carried plays with truth. The narrator of most of these stories is "Tim"; yet O'Brien freely admits that many of the events he chronicles in this collection never really happened. He never killed a man as "Tim" does in "The Man I Killed," and unlike Tim in "Ambush," he has no daughter named Kathleen. But just because a thing never happened doesn't make it any less true. In "On the Rainy River," the character Tim O'Brien responds to his draft notice by driving north, to the Canadian border where he spends six days in a deserted lodge in the company of an old man named Elroy while he wrestles with the choice between dodging the draft or going to war. The real Tim O'Brien never drove north, never found himself in a fishing boat 20 yards off the Canadian shore with a decision to make. The real Tim O'Brien quietly boarded the bus to Sioux Falls and was inducted into the United States Army. But the truth of "On the Rainy River" lies not in facts but in the genuineness of the experience it depicts: both Tims went to a war they didn't believe in; both considered themselves cowards for doing so. Every story in The Things They Carried speaks another truth that Tim O'Brien learned in Vietnam; it is this blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction, that makes his book unforgettable. --Alix Wilber From Publishers Weekly Weapons and good-luck charms carried by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam here represent survival, lost innocence and the war's interminable legacy. "O'Brien's meditations--on war and memory, on darkness and light--suffuse the entire work with a kind of poetic form, making for a highly original, fully realized novel," said PW. 60,000 first printing. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.



Aufgabe und Entwicklung des Lieutenant Jimmy Cross und die Aufgabe und Nichtentwicklung der restlichen M nner des Platoons in Tim O Briens The Things They Carried

Aufgabe und Entwicklung des Lieutenant Jimmy Cross und die Aufgabe und Nichtentwicklung der restlichen M  nner des Platoons in Tim O Briens  The Things They Carried Author Patricia Zimmermann
ISBN-10 9783638193160
Release 2003-06-03
Pages 32
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2000 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2,25, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: [...] Die Geschichte The Things They Carried spielt Mitte 1970 in der Nähe der Ortschaft Than Khe und handelt von dem oben schon erwähnten Zug, dem siebzehn Soldaten angehören, von denen neun wiederum mit Namen genannt werden. Zum einen enthält sie, fast listenhaft, Aufzählungen von Dingen, die die Soldaten während ihrem Einsatz in Vietnam tragen müssen oder wollen. Diese Dinge sind sowohl materieller Art und Weise, als auch belastende Erinnerungen, Erfahrungen und Gefühle. Zum anderen erzählt die Geschichte von Lieutenant Cross, der aufgrund seiner Liebe zu Martha geistig von seiner Arbeit abgelenkt wird. Als Ted Lavender erschossen wird fühlt Cross sich schuldig, da er es seiner Meinung nach hätte verhindern können, wäre er nicht durch Martha abgelenkt gewesen. Als Konsequenz beschließt er, mehr Disziplin in seinen Zug einzuführen und Martha aus seinen Gedanken zu verbannen. Ein weiteres Thema ist der Tod Ted Lavenders und die Reaktionen der Männer, besonders von Jimmy Cross und Kiowa. Wie oben schon erwähnt, wird die Geschichte immer wieder von Abschnitten geprägt, die davon berichten was die Männer bei sich tragen. Diese Listen unterbrechen immer wieder die zusammenhängende Geschichte von Jimmy Cross. Es ist als würde ein Geschichtenerzähler immer wieder unterbrochen und abgelenkt werden. Wenn er dann mit seiner Geschichte fortfahren will überschneidet es sich teilweise mit schon Gesagten, auf das er jetzt aber näher eingeht als beim ersten Mal. Durch 5 diese Wiederholungen wird besonders Jimmy Cross Gedankengang verbildlicht. Seine Gedanken kreisen immer nur um Martha, mal intensiver, mal weniger intensiv. Auch kreisen sie immer wieder um die selben Bilder aus der Vergangenheit. Auch Jimmy Cross wird immer wieder, durch den Alltag, bei seinem Träumen unterbrochen. Nach der Unterbrechung fährt er dann mit seinen Träumen fort, die meist wieder von vorn beginnen. Für den Leser intensiviert sich dadurch Jimmy Cross Gedankengang, so daß er immer mehr und immer genauere Angaben von Jimmy Cross Problem erhält. Im weiteren Verlauf dieser Arbeit wird genauer auf die Person Jimmy Cross eingegangen, was seine Ausgangsposition ist, und wie sich seine Liebe zu Martha und er sich selber im Verlauf der Kurzgeschichte verändert. Als Gegenposition zu Jimmy Cross wird dann noch kurz auf die restlichen Männer des Platoons eingegangen, die sich im Verlauf der Geschichte nicht verändern.



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Jill M. Bloomfield
ISBN-10 160249018X
Release 2007-04-01
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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Rachel Nolan
ISBN-10 1602591725
Release 2009
Pages 201
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Teaching Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried from Multiple Critical Perspectives

Teaching Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried from Multiple Critical Perspectives Author Elizabeth Osborne
ISBN-10 1603891633
Release 2009
Pages 49
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Wacky Aphorisms What the Web Says about the Things They Carried

Wacky Aphorisms  What the Web Says about the Things They Carried Author Isaac Capps
ISBN-10 5458787137
Release 2013-04
Pages 44
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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Things They Carried." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.



The Things They Carried by Tim O Brien

The Things They Carried  by  Tim O Brien Author Mary Ellen Snodgrass
ISBN-10 OCLC:606892415
Release 2007
Pages 21
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Instructional materials for use with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Includes a synopsis a vocabulary test, two comprehension tests, and answer key.