The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories by Tim O’Brien that was first published in 1990. Read key facts, the full book summary, and important quotes.


See a complete list of the characters in The Things They Carried and in-depth analyses of Tim O’Brien, Jimmy Cross, Mitchell Sanders, Kiowa, Mary Anne Bell, Norman Bowker, and Elroy Berdahl.

Literary Devices

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Further Study

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