The Things They Carried | Critical Essay by Jon Volkmer

Tim O'Brien
This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Things They Carried.
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Critical Essay by Jon Volkmer

SOURCE: Volkmer, Jon. “Telling the ‘Truth’ about Vietnam: Episteme and Narrative Structure in The Green Berets and The Things They Carried.WLA: War, Literature & the Arts 11, no. 1 (spring-summer 1999): 240-55.

In the following essay, Volkmer compares and contrasts The Things They Carried and Robin Moore's The Green Berets, focusing on the way both authors treat the truth about the Vietnam War.

Robin Moore's The Green Berets, published in 1965, is one of the earliest novels of the Vietnam conflict. Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried (1990), is one of the more recent. Nevertheless, there are many similarities: both are novels-in-short-stories; both focus on American soldiers; both employ mainly jungle settings; and both feature a first-person narrator who is both one-of-the-guys AND separated from them by the status of being a writer. Moreover, each book makes an...

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