The Things They Carried | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Christopher Michael McDonough

Tim O'Brien
This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of The Things They Carried.
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Critical Essay by Christopher Michael McDonough

SOURCE: McDonough, Christopher Michael. “‘Afraid to Admit We Are Not Achilles’: Facing Hector's Dilemma in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried.1 Classical and Modern Literature 20, no. 3 (spring 2000): 23-32.

In the following essay, McDonough utilizes “the tragedy of Hector” from the Iliad to glean insight into The Things They Carried.

“The war, like Hector's own war, was silly and stupid.”

—Tim O'Brien, If I Die in a Combat Zone, 145

What has Troy to do with Vietnam? In recent years, the pertinence of the one Asian war to the other has been powerfully argued by numerous scholars, notably Jonathan Shay, in his seminal study, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (New York: Athenaeum...

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