The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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Why is the reader told at the beginning of the story that Ted Lavender was shot and does this ruin the suspense?

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It also introduces us immediately to a theme that runs deeply through all of Tim O'Brien's stories, the randomness of war. There is no shortage of death while at war, but some seem harder to comprehend than others.

It is easy for the men to understand a person being killed in battle, they have and...

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