The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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Identify at least five connections between the title and the story in "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

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The weight of the “things” in Tim O’Brien’s story is physical, emotional, and psychological. There is generally not a direct correlation between physical and the other kinds of burdens. In many cases, the lighter the physical burden, the weightier is its emotional impact.

One could begin by examining the weight that O’Brien, as the author, carries. Through the character of the narrator, he shows that remembering traumatic events and then figuring out a way to tell them is a burden that a writer needs to find a way to unload.


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