Self-Discovery in "The Things They Carried" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Self-Discovery in "The Things They Carried"
An analysis of the self-realization of the author, Tim O'Brien, in his work, "The Things They Carried".
# 44310 | 710 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2003 in Literature (American)

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This paper offers a discussion about the book "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien and focuses on the three main events that led to the self-discovery of Tim, the book's protagonist. The paper discusses the killing of a man, the birth of a daughter, and deciding whether or not to dodge the draft. The paper shows how each of these events carried lifelong ramifications for the protagonist.

From the Paper:

"Deciding whether or not to dodge the draft and instead flee to Canada was something that every young man who received his notice to report had to think about. On the one hand they were raised often times by parents who had served in the Korean War and grandparents who served in World Wars. For them to dodge the draft they would shame their loved ones. However, it was a war like no other in that the Viet Nam War did not have the public support that the other wars had behind them. Many of the individuals who was drafted in the Viet Nam war struggled with whether or not to go. Tim was no exception to this dilemma and he struggled with the decision and finally decided to do his duty to the nation and report for duty.
"Before he did so though he did what many young men did during that time. He drove north to Canada and found himself in a fishing boat 20 miles off of the coast of Canada before turning his mind east and heading for induction(O'Brien, 1990)."

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