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The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers
Where does O’Brien take his daughter, Kathleen, in Vietnam?

Aside from taking Kathleen to tourist spots in Hanoi and Saigon, O’Brien takes her to Quang Ngai, where he had served as a soldier. He thought about showing her the village of My Khe, where he felt responsible for the death of the young, slim Vietnamese man, but he takes her to the field where Kiowa died instead. O’Brien recalls: “This little field, I thought, had swallowed so much. My best friend. My pride. My belief in myself as a man of some small dignity and courage.”