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The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien makes the reader feel like theyre there while its happening; it makes you feel like you know what war is

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Liam Sullivan Hr. 7 Mrs. Nohner 5/31/12 An Unconventional War Story Imagine yourself lying down in a bunker; rain coming down in sheets and you?re taking enemy fire. It?s chaos and you have no idea what to do. The problem with this image is that you don?t feel the water and the fear. A story can only do so much, but unless you?ve experienced war first hand it?s impossible to know how it feels. Those who haven?t fought can?t grasp what the soldiers go through. The Things They Carried by Tim O?Brien makes the reader feel like they?re there while it?s happening; it makes you feel like you know what war is. ...read more.

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The unconventional structure of the individual stories and the stories as a whole reinforces the book?s ambiguity. Calloway-web. This ambiguity stresses another theme of the novel, the ambiguity of war. The reader?s mind is forced to struggle to wrap its mind around the messages in the book. They must go past the surface and past the entertaining stories to see what lies deeper within the texts. Just like war, O?Brien makes his novel ambiguous. This brings the reader closer to what really happens in war and the psychological struggles that soldiers must overcome. ?It was a sad thing to watch. Definitely no the old Rat Kiley. His whole personality seemed out of kilter.? O?Brien 210. ...read more.

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The way that O?Brien combines unconventional and chaotic styles in his writing brings the reader deeper into the story, and makes them experience the stories and therefore the war. O?Brien uses his unconventional style of writing to invite the reader to fully experience the war and express the recurring themes of war in his novel The Things They Carried. Like O?Brien says ?Vietnam was full of strange stories, some improbable, some well beyond that, but the stories that will last forever are those that swirl back and forth across the border between trivia and bedlam, the mad and the mundane.? O?Brien 85. These are the stories that people really connect with. O?Brien blends the line between reality and fiction, allowing people to really get deep into the story and connect with the characters and to experience the war. ...read more.

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