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The Things They Carried Study Guide by Course Hero What's Inside j Book Basics 1 ................................................................................................. d In Context 1 ..................................................................................................... a Author Biography 2 ..................................................................................... h Characters 3 .................................................................................................. k Plot Summary 7 ............................................................................................. c Chapter Summaries 12 .............................................................................. g Quotes 27 ........................................................................................................ l Symbols 29 ..................................................................................................... m Themes 30 ...................................................................................................... e Suggested Reading 31 ............................................................................... j Book Basics AUTHOR Tim O'Brien YEAR PUBLISHED 1990 GENRE War Literature PERSPECTIVE AND NARRATOR The narrative perspective in The Things They Carried shifts from story to story. Some stories are told from a first-person perspective, with the story told by a narrator using the pronoun "I." Other stories are told from a third-person limited perspective, in which the narrator knows only one character's point of view and uses the pronouns "he" or "she." Others use a third-person omniscient point of view, in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. TENSE Most of the stories are set in the past and related in the past tense, while the narrator's reflections on people and events are related in the present tense. ABOUT THE TITLE The book's title, The Things They Carried, refers to the physical and psychological burdens that soldiers carry during and after war. d In Context Critical Response O'Brien's Going after Cacciato (1978) launched him to national fame, winning the National Book Award in fiction. The Things They Carried , published in 1990, cemented O'Brien's status as a war writer of the same rank as Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), author of the tragic novel For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), set during World War I, and Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007), author of the satirical novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) , set during World War II. The Things They Carried won the Chicago Tribune 's Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times gave the book a place "high up on the list of best fiction about any war" and praised the way it "crystallizes the Vietnam experience."
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The Things They Carried Study Guide Author Biography 2 Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. The Vietnam War In 1961 the United States sent advisers to aid South Vietnam in its struggle against North Vietnam, and by 1965 U.S. combat units had arrived to fight with the South Vietnamese. However, the conflict in Vietnam had begun more than a decade earlier, when North Vietnam threw off French colonial power. The North Vietnamese, inspired by communist China and the Soviet Union, hoped to unite the country under communist rule. In the midst of the Cold War, Western powers wanted to prevent the spread of communism. Some Western leaders described what they called the "domino theory." If one country in Southeast Asia became communist, they argued, nearby countries would fall to communism, too, in a chain reaction. This idea supported U.S. involvement in the war, and by 1969 a half million U.S.
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