The third story of The Things They Carried is “Spin.” In it, the narrator admits to being forty-three years old and a writer that only writes about the war. Although his daughter, Kathleen, urges him to write about more frivolous things, the narrator always returns to the war. Oddly, though the memories are often horrifying, and though the horrors seem to live on in the stories, the war was more than horrible. The narrator compares to the war to a ping-pong ball that you can put a spin on.
Many memories come back to the narrator, and though some are horrifying,...
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