"The Things They Carried" and Literary Style
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This paper discusses how the face of war has never appeared so grim as it does in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried". It looks at how, in a collection of short stories, O'Brien demonstrates how the soldiers cope with the dangerous situations they encounter in Vietnam and how O'Brien discovered his way of coping with the war was telling stories. It examines his mechanism of storytelling and explores how his grotesque and violent scenes to convey the message that war is hell.
From the Paper:"Similarly, O'Brien describes how Kiley shoots the buffalo with great detail. "He put the muzzle up against the mouth and shot the mouth away . . . He shot away chunks of meat below the ribs" "He shot randomly, almost casually, quick little spurts in the belly and butt. Then he reloaded, squatted down, and shot it in the front knee. Again the animal fell hard and tried to get up, but this time it couldn't quite make it. It wobbled and went down sideways. Rat shot it in the nose? (79). It is through such a vivid account that we can see how Kiley has essentially lost his compassion for life and the living. We may look at Kiley as cruel for brutalizing such an innocent creature but Curt, too, was innocent and brutalized as well."
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