FC: The Things They Carried | A story on the Vietnam war, the constantly wounded soldiers, and the memories.
1: Setting Present/Past | Occurred in the late 1960's and the late 1980's. The majority of this book was based in Vietnam, but did have some significance in Iowa along with Massachusetts.
3: In 1968 O'Brien was surprised with a draft notice. He felt as though he needed to fight for his country or he'd be an embarrassed man of the time period.
4: Few Members: Jimmy Cross- Lieutenant Mitchell Sanders- most likable Tim O'Brien- pacifist. Curt Lemon- childish, careless soldier killed on mortar round. Ted Lavendar- scared soldier, first to die. Azar- mean spirited, cruel.
5: He was responsible for the whole group of soldiers. He was a good man just unsure of how to really control his soldiers. He felt as though it was his fault Ted Lavender and Kiowa were killed. | Lieutenant Jimmy Cross
6: Tim O'brien
7: Tim O'brien was the main character along with being the narrator. Throughout the whole war he gets close to many soldiers just to see them pass in front of his eyes. When he first received the draft notice he felt as if he didn't participate he wasn't really a man. Throughout the whole book being able to talk and tell stories on the experiences in war was a way to cope with the everyday battle he had to face. Coming home he had plenty of stories to tell his daughter Kathleen going back to the battle grounds was one of the hardest things for him.
9: Kathleen is just a 10 year old girl with her dad away in war. She has plenty of questions she'd like to ask but doesn't always get the real answer. O'brien feels as though maybe she's too young to really know what happens in war. He has multiple children but only talks about her. She inspires his war experience and they make a trip back to show the details instead of just telling.
11: Kiowa is one of O'Briens closest friends in war. His special moccasins were brought to keep his footsteps quiet. He was a good symbol and was there when O'Brien killed a young Vietnamese soldier. His death occurred in a sewage field where lieutenant had a bad feeling. | Kiowa
12: Each soldier brought along something that had a meaning to it. Some brought things from home that reminded them of their wives they had to leave. Such as Henry Robbins bringing his wives pantyhose to show love.
13: Even in the beginning each soldier was scared but during war you can't be scared you have to be ready. O'Brien feels as though story telling is a great way to let things go. Loneliness is a big factor, these soldiers are away from their families and only have themselves to rely on. The killings of soldiers show a symbol and shows how much these other soldiers are affected by it. How would it feel to lose someone you were close with and not being able to do anything about it? Finally Linda . . . | Theme
15: Back in the day . . there was a young girl named Linda in the 5th grade. She happened to be one of O'Brien's classmates, she had a brain tumor. She was his first love along with his first experience with death. This story sort of shows why he acts the way he acts during the war. Through Linda, he saves his own life by telling stories.