Summary Call on people to summarize the section then explain with the following: O'Brien has a hard time mourning Curt Lemon and recaps a short story about him. An army dentist was flown in to check the troops teeth and Lemon admits that he's had ba
FULL TITLE The Things They Carried AUTHOR Tim O'Brien TYPE OF WORK Collection of interconnected short stories GENRE War stories; coming-of-age stories; memory stories LANGUAGE English TIME AND PLACE WRITTEN Massachusetts, late 1980s D
"The Ghost Soldiers"
. . . after seven months in the bush I realized that those high, civilized trappings had somehow been crushed under the weigh t of the simple daily realities. I'd turned mean inside.
When, in "The Ghost Soldiers," O'Brien tries
"Speaking of Courage"
After the war, Norman Bowker returns to Iowa. On the Fourth of July, as he drives his father's big Chevrolet around the lake, he realizes that he has nowhere to go. He reminisces about his high school girlfiend, Sally Kr
Insisting that sometimes war is less violent and more sweet, O’Brien shares disconnected memories of
the war. Azar gives a bar of chocolate to a little boy with a plastic leg. Mitchell Sanders sits under a
tree, picking lice off his body an