Summary Of O Brien's The Things They Carried

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O'Brien’s story, "The Things They Carried,” told in the third person point of view, relied more upon character than it did on plot. In the story we were given details as to what each of the soldiers carried. One carried an Old Testament given to him by his father while another carried dope. All of the details that were given made it all more true, as if one were walking next to these soldiers carrying the weight and going through the frightening stages of war. They each held onto that precious item, from their once civilian lives, as if it were a sign of hope, hope that one day they’d be returning home alive. O’Brien did a great job manipulating our emotions with this, showing us the ties each of the soldiers had with their object. The story

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