History Literature / TheThingsTheyCarried

21st Nov '16 8:59:06 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* PetTheDog: Azar, when he gives the boy the chocolate bar.

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* PetTheDog: Azar, when he gives the boy the his chocolate bar.bar and laments the kid's missing leg.
21st Nov '16 8:55:27 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* ActionGirl: Mary Anne. She learns how to disassemble an M-16, fights with the green berets, and [[GoingNative goes native]] in the [[HungryJungle Vietnamese jungle]].

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* ActionGirl: Mary Anne. She learns how to disassemble field strip an M-16, fights with the green berets, alongside Green Berets in night attacks, and [[GoingNative goes native]] in the [[HungryJungle Vietnamese jungle]].
18th Apr '16 9:37:24 PM Timjames98
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TheFriendNobodyLikes: Azar fills this role, as every single interaction he is shown to have with the other members of the crew suggests they can't stand being around him. It might have something to do with him blowing up Ted Lavender's puppy for shits and giggles.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Azar fills this role, as every single interaction he is shown to have with the other members of the crew suggests they can't stand being around him. It might have something to do with him blowing up Ted Lavender's puppy for shits and giggles.
18th Apr '16 9:36:55 PM Timjames98
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TheFriendNobodyLikes: Azar fills this role, as every single interaction he is shown to have with the other members of the crew suggests they can't stand being around him. It might have something to do with him blowing up Ted Lavender's puppy for shits and giggles.
--> Tim O'Brian: "Nobody cared for him, including myself."
8th Oct '15 8:17:32 PM _____________
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-> ''"War is hell, but that's not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead. The truths are contradictory." ''

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-> ''"War is hell, but that's not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead. The truths are contradictory." ''



* ActionGirl: Mary Anne. She learns how to disassemble an M-16, fights with the green berets, and [[GoingNative goes native]] in the [[HungryJungle Vietnamese jungle]].



* CommunicationsOfficer: Mitchell Sanders. The fact that he is this while also being TheStoryteller is [[SarcasmMode probably isn't]] [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: [[TheNarrator O'Brien]], Lt. Cross. Many of the soldiers, really. Azar [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this, using it as a justification for [[KickTheDog blowing up a puppy.]]

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: At the end of "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong," Mary Anne is described as wearing "her culottes, her pink sweater, and a necklace of human tongues."
* CommunicationsOfficer: Mitchell Sanders. The fact that he He is also this while also being TheStoryteller is [[SarcasmMode probably isn't]] [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic.]]
TheStoryteller.
* CorruptTheCutie: [[TheNarrator O'Brien]], Lt. Cross. Many of the soldiers, really. Azar [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this, using it as a justification for [[KickTheDog blowing up a puppy.]]puppy]].



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Norman Bowker after the war.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Norman Bowker after the war.]]war]].



* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Totally [[AvertedTrope averted.]] See HerosMuse.
* FridgeBrilliance: See TheEndingChangesEverything. No specific examples, but the way the book is written lends itself to this. Tim O'Brien's writing style takes after [[Creator/ErnestHemingway Hemingway]] at least in part, so it's not altogether surprising.

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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Totally [[AvertedTrope averted.]] averted]]. See HerosMuse.
* %%* FridgeBrilliance: See TheEndingChangesEverything. No specific examples, but the way the book is written lends itself to this. Tim O'Brien's writing style takes after [[Creator/ErnestHemingway Hemingway]] at least in part, so it's not altogether surprising.
8th Jan '15 9:31:28 PM pasta711
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* WorldOfSymbolism: It honestly wouldn't be to ridiculous to call this one of the most heavily symbolic books ever written. The book is written in this way since O'Brien felt that a civilian could never properly understand the real experience of being a soldier without being one himself, so instead attempted to capture the essence of the experience instead, in a way that a civilian would be able to understand. This is the reasoning behind the "truer than the truth" quote at the top of the page, and the reason it's given such a heavy focus throughout the book.

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* WorldOfSymbolism: It honestly wouldn't be to ridiculous to call this one of the most heavily symbolic books ever written. The book is written in this way since O'Brien felt that a civilian could never properly understand the real experience of being a soldier without being one himself, so he instead attempted to capture the essence of the experience instead, in a way that a civilian would be able to understand. This is the reasoning behind the "truer than the truth" quote at the top of the page, and the reason it's given such a heavy focus throughout the book.
25th Mar '14 5:43:24 PM pasta711
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* HerosMuse: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] to hell and back. Numerous characters that play this role to several of the soldiers end up causing a considerable amount of the conflict of the plot, such as Martha, Henry Dobbins' girlfriend, and the ex-girlfriend of the guy who [[spoiler: got Kiowa killed]]. The men cling to the idealized versions of these women in their heads since they find the notion that [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent innocence]] and [[PurityPersonified purity]] still exist somewhere outside of the war to be comforting in a situation [[InnocenceLost that has deprived themselves of it]]. Believing in this causes [[spoiler: Lt. Cross to fall into even deeper despair after Ted Lavender is killed while he's day dreaming of Martha, and Mary Anne [[GoingNative going native]] and joining the war effectively deconstructs the entire notion of women's innocence.]]

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* HerosMuse: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] to hell and back. Numerous characters that play this role to several of the soldiers end up causing a considerable amount of the conflict of the plot, such as Martha, Henry Dobbins' girlfriend, and the ex-girlfriend of the guy who [[spoiler: got Kiowa killed]]. The men cling to the idealized versions of these women in their heads since they find the notion that [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent innocence]] and [[PurityPersonified purity]] still exist somewhere outside of the war to be comforting in a situation [[InnocenceLost that has deprived themselves them of it]].it themselves]]. Believing in this causes [[spoiler: Lt. Cross to fall into even deeper despair after Ted Lavender is killed while he's day dreaming of Martha, and Mary Anne [[GoingNative going native]] and joining the war effectively deconstructs the entire notion of women's innocence.]]
25th Mar '14 5:42:48 PM pasta711
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* HerosMuse: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] to hell and back. Numerous characters that play this role to several of the soldiers end up causing a considerable amount of the conflict of the plot, such as Martha, Henry Dobbins' girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend of the guy who [[spoiler: got Kiowa killed]], and [[spoiler: Linda, in a way]]. The men cling to the idealized versions of these women in their heads since they find the notion that [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent innocence]] and [[PurityPersonified purity]] still exist somewhere outside of the war to be comforting in the terrible situation they find themselves in. Believing in this causes [[spoiler: Lt. Cross to fall into even deeper despair after Ted Lavender is killed while he's day dreaming of Martha, and Mary Anne [[GoingNative going native]] and joining the war effectively deconstructs the entire notion of women's innocence.]]

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* HerosMuse: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] to hell and back. Numerous characters that play this role to several of the soldiers end up causing a considerable amount of the conflict of the plot, such as Martha, Henry Dobbins' girlfriend, and the ex-girlfriend of the guy who [[spoiler: got Kiowa killed]], and [[spoiler: Linda, in a way]]. killed]]. The men cling to the idealized versions of these women in their heads since they find the notion that [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent innocence]] and [[PurityPersonified purity]] still exist somewhere outside of the war to be comforting in the terrible a situation they find [[InnocenceLost that has deprived themselves in.of it]]. Believing in this causes [[spoiler: Lt. Cross to fall into even deeper despair after Ted Lavender is killed while he's day dreaming of Martha, and Mary Anne [[GoingNative going native]] and joining the war effectively deconstructs the entire notion of women's innocence.]]
25th Mar '14 5:37:58 PM pasta711
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Norman Bowker after the war.]]


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* ShellShockedVeteran: What [[spoiler: Norman Bowker]] eventually becomes. [[spoiler: He tells O'Brien that he thinks he really died in the shit field.]] Or that could just be [[UnreliableNarrator O'Brien's fabrication]]. It doesn't matter either way.
25th Mar '14 5:33:21 PM pasta711
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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Totally [[AvertedTrope averted.]] See HerosMuse.


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* HerosMuse: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] to hell and back. Numerous characters that play this role to several of the soldiers end up causing a considerable amount of the conflict of the plot, such as Martha, Henry Dobbins' girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend of the guy who [[spoiler: got Kiowa killed]], and [[spoiler: Linda, in a way]]. The men cling to the idealized versions of these women in their heads since they find the notion that [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent innocence]] and [[PurityPersonified purity]] still exist somewhere outside of the war to be comforting in the terrible situation they find themselves in. Believing in this causes [[spoiler: Lt. Cross to fall into even deeper despair after Ted Lavender is killed while he's day dreaming of Martha, and Mary Anne [[GoingNative going native]] and joining the war effectively deconstructs the entire notion of women's innocence.]]
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