The Things They Carried Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Things They Carried is an introspective look at Vietnam by Tim O'Brien. O'Brien hops back and forth between the period during which he was a soldier in Vietnam and the present. The book is filled with many interwoven anecdotes about Vietnam, it's aftermath, and the effect it had on the soldiers there.
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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Fought as soldier War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Which war?    -   Vietnam

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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