For example, each of these characters grapples differently with the concept of death. Timmy learned at a young age to accept death; soldier "O'Brien" attempts to retrieve that lesson to deal with death in war; O'Brien the writer connects these two approaches, emphasizing the importance of memory to his ultimate understanding of death.
He is a young foot soldier in the Vietnam War, a member of Alpha Company. He is also the fictional persona of O'Brien the writer, and similarly is a middle-aged writer with a Midwestern, middle-class background that informs his values.
Readers follow "O'Brien" around Vietnam, experiencing his fear, guilt, curiosity, and blood lust. For all of the first hand accounts and stories, "O'Brien" is the readers' source, and he demonstrates the danger of believing that something is either fact or fiction, often by evoking emotions in the reader.
Kiowa Kiowa symbolizes the wastefulness of war. He is O'Brien's closest friend in Vietnam and is killed in battle when he drowns in a field during a flood.
When "O'Brien" returns to Vietnam, he visits the site of Kiowa's death and leaves his moccasins as a memorial to his friend. Curt Lemon Lemon represents an outdated model of masculine heroism.
He is brave and fearless to a fault, known in Alpha Company for pulling crazy stunts just for the attention and the thrill of danger. He even makes a dentist pull a healthy tooth from his mouth to prove to everyone that he is not afraid of dentists.
Eventually stepping on a booby trap kills him. Jimmy Cross The leader of Alpha Company, Cross personifies mental escapism, the ability to project one's mind somewhere else to escape from an undesirable situation.
Instead of concentrating on the war, Cross occupies his mind with memories of Martha, his old sweetheart. Rather than helping to search for Kiowa's body, Cross spends time thinking about the letter he must write to Kiowa's father.
Cross meets up with O'Brien after the war, and he still carries feelings of unrequited love for Martha. Whether in the middle of the war or 20 years later, Cross focuses on life outside of war, but also carries a heavy, self-imposed burden of guilt because of it.
He feels intense culpability for Kiowa's death and cannot adjust to civilian life in his small hometown after the war. He wants O'Brien to write a story about a guy like him who cannot talk about his war-related trauma.
Bowker eventually commits suicide. He is known for spinning yarns and making grotesque exaggerations. Rat helps O'Brien when he is shot for the first time. Rat's imagination eventually claims his sanity, as he begins to hallucinate in-country.
He shoots himself, not to kill, but to be excused from war because of injury. Azar A foot soldier in Alpha Company, Azar is the wild man who enjoys war. He makes jokes about death, even the death of Kiowa. He mocks the movements of a traumatized Vietnamese girl dancing for fun and helps O'Brien play a cruel prank on Jorgenson.
Azar's real allegiance is to war itself, not to his friends or his cause. Henry Dobbins Dobbins is a foot soldier in Alpha Company who symbolizes "America itself, big and strong…slow of foot but always plodding along.
He has a keen sense of morality and treats everyone, enemies and friends, with respect. Mitchell Sanders The radio officer of Alpha Company, Sanders is the voice of soldierly experience and practical wisdom. He tells stories about how other soldiers react to Vietnam, and he vehemently blames Lt.
Cross for Kiowa's death due to his incompetence as a leader. Ted Lavender A soldier in Alpha Company who represents emotional escapism from the war.
He achieves this escapism through drug abuse and ultimately is killed. Dave Jenson and Lee Strunk These Alpha Company soldiers demonstrate the close relationship between aggression and camaraderie. They serve as foil for one another, each bringing the other to the edge of loyalty and violence.Nov 24, · “The Things They Carried” certainly qualifies, and so, in its modest way, does “The Vietnam in Me,” an essay by O’Brien included as a bonus, read by the author himself.
The novel The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien begins by Mr. O'Brien describing his dramatical events that happened during the middle of his Vietnam experience while he was fighting in the war. Mr. O'Brien received his draft notice in the month of June in the year of Those who do find a way to communicate and cope (like Tim O'Brien) assimilate back into society, however, they still feel separations between themselves and non-veterans (i.e.
spouses and children). Each female character represents a different role of women from home and response to the war. The Things They Carried- characters.
7 terms. In The Things They Carried, protagonist "Tim O'Brien," a writer and Vietnam War veteran, works through his memories of his war service to find meaning in them. Interrelated short stories present themes such as the allure of war, the loss of innocence, and the relationship between fact and fiction.
The Things They Carried. is how it invites similar responses from different disciplines, especially in the challenging of "truth" by its narrator, "Tim O'Brien." The Things They Carried. was published in , more than fifteen years after the United States left South Vietnam and twenty after O'Brien left.
An Interview with Tim O'Brien On November 13, , Josephine Reed, Managing Audio Producer at the National Endowment for the Arts, interviewed Tim O'Brien.
Excerpts from their conversation follow. Josephine Reed: What is The Things They Carried about? Tim O'Brien: It's a book that centers on Vietnam and a platoon of soldiers.