The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories by Tim O’Brien that was first published in 1990.
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Summary & Analysis
- “The Things They Carried”
- “On the Rainy River”
- “Enemies” & “Friends”
- “How to Tell a True War Story”
- “The Dentist”
- “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”
- “The Man I Killed”
- “Speaking of Courage”
- “In the Field”
- “Good Form”
- “Field Trip”
- “The Ghost Soldiers”
- “Night Life”
- “The Lives of the Dead”
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.
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- Character List
- Analysis of Major Characters
- Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
- "The Things They Carried"
- "On the Rainy River"
- "Enemies" and "Friends"
- "How to Tell a True War Story"
- "The Dentist"
- "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong"
- "The Man I Killed"
- "Speaking of Courage"
- "In the Field"
- "Good Form"
- "Field Trip"
- "Ghost Soldiers'
- "Night Life"
- "The Lives of the Dead"
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