Heartwarming / The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien gets the point across that The Things They Carried is more than a war story — that it is also a love story.
  • The third chapter, "Spin", gives a number of disjointed recollections and most of them are pleasant: Azar giving a little boy a chocolate bar, Kiowa teaching a few soldiers a rain dance, Henry Dobbins and Norman Bowker dig a foxhole and play checkers, Ted Lavender adopts a puppy (which is soon blown up by Azar). An overall relaxing chapter, even if it dips into Nightmare Fuel at the very end.
  • Despite the Dude, Not Funny! comments he made towards Kiowa in regards to his death, Azar later admits that his Sociopathic Soldier tendencies are a coping mechanism to deal with the harshness of the war and apologizes to the rest of the crew.
  • The final few paragraphs of the novel, where O'Brien goes into detail over how storytelling has the powerful effect of making memories alive. Even though Lavender, Kiowa, Linda, among other characters are no longer with us, O'Brien mentions that their memory will never leave him as long as he keeps sharing their stories. That the dead are, in a way, revived in writing.