One of these motifs is the idea of death, dying, killing or being killed. In The Things They Carried, O'Brien plays with the genre of ; he writes using. He thinks he is brave at the beginning of the war, but when he gets injured, he is terrified of death. He was dismayed that people in his home town seemed to have so little understanding of the war and its world. Ted Lavender: The first man to die in their company.
Later, Azar mocks the girl, and Dobbins rebukes him. Twenty years later, he is still writing about this mistake, and all the horrible things he saw and did. Dead man: The man Tim killed--or didn't kill--with a grenade one early morning. Mitchell Sanders: A literate and funny man who has strong convictions about stories. Tim argued that it wasn't brave to stand up to the other men: it was cowardice in the face of death. Linda often bringing up the conversation of her death and saying it doesn't matter.
Storytelling is an important and very human way to preserve memory and give shape to our experiences. She in the end acted very differently than most women, this for women was a positive thing because it is giving her power, and a new look on life. No one questions his bravery. Theatre The legal rights to adapt the book into a play were awarded to James R. Norman Bowker Bowker is a gentle soldier in the company who carries the thumb of a Vietnamese boy for good luck. He desperately tries to keep clean in the field, even stealing soap from hotel rooms when he gets vacation time. I couldn't endure the mockery, or the disgrace, or the patriotic ridicule.
What is she doing in this book about Vietnam? Norman Bowker returns to hometown post war. And we- the readers- are also a part of the process, as we bear witness through our reading of them. While the Vietnam War is the specific context of the book, the inclusion of Linda at the end makes O'Brien's theme more universal. He tries to comfort Tim after Tim kills a man, something no one else in the company might think to do. He even ignores Tim's tears when Tim realizes he can't bring himself to run away.
His former girlfriend has married someone else, his closest friends are dead. She also is a part of the theme of storytelling as O'Brien admits near the end of the book that he may have made some facts up about her but that it doesn't matter. Bowker's need to have O'Brien tell his story is the same as O'Brien's need to remember Linda through writing, which is itself an act that sustains life by animating the dead. It mattered to O'Brien then and it still does, though. This can be negative as well because Mark Fossie lost the girl he once loved.
But this is true too: stories can save us. After the war he briefly assists O'Brien in writing a story about Vietnam, but he hangs himself with a jump rope in an facility, leaving no note and his family shocked. When a booby trap explodes, you close your eyes and duck and float outside yourself. So the role of women in the book is very influential in a positive way. Suffering from a brain tumor, Linda died at the age of nine and O'Brien was deeply affected by her funeral. Beyond anything else, he was afraid of disgracing himself, and therefore his family and village. Henry Dobbins: A kind and gentle man, but not very bright.
He is superstitious, wearing his girlfriend's pantyhose around his neck, believing they will protect him. Ultimately, although he has no one to share these memories with, he finds catharsis in imagined conversations. This idea of innocents exposed to the horrors of war recurs throughout the novel. In the end she becomes a killer and dissapears into the mountains alone. O'Brien establishes rules for telling war stories, which presents a poignant irony given the fact that war exists in a space that largely lacks rules.
In certain situations you could do incredible things, you could advance toward enemy fire, but in other situations, which were not nearly so bad, you had trouble keeping your eyes open. Lemon dies after setting off a rigged artillery shell. O'Brien shakes his head, because he'd spent the day thinking of Linda. For O'Brien though, he can only think of Linda when he sees the dead body, because hers was the first dead body he ever saw. The same department remounted the production in December 2011 for inclusion as a Participating Entry in the. In addition, a relationship between Tyler Co, and his curvy wife, Anderson Tsai, plays a major role in the interpretation of memories.