The Things They Carried Essay | Student Essay

Tim O'Brien
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The Role of Women in "The Things They Carried"

Summary: The women in the soldiers' lives in "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien play complex motivational role in this novel about the Vietnam War. The women are a burden and a problem as much as they are a reminder of what the soldiers want.
"All that crap about how if we had a pussy for president there wouldn't be no more wars. Pure garbage. You got to get rid of that sexist attitude."

The role of women in the book The Things They Carried is an important one. These men have various views and feeling about the women they love, the women they hate, and the women that they may not know and can only dream of. While the text given to the ideas of women is small is stature, it is quite significant in meaning. There are three main women that enter and disrupt the lives of the Alpha company; Mary-Ann, Martha, and Henry Dobbin's girlfriend, who remains unnamed. The men carry letters, rocks, and even pantyhose to remind them of the women back home, and that which they hope to return to. The...

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