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Essay Grade: 98%
The Role of Women in "The Things They Carried"
2,032 words, approx. 7 pages
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.
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Essay Grade: 83%
Telling a War Story
1,920 words, approx. 6 pages
Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried both draw upon their respective authors' experiences during the Vietnam War. Both novels reflect difficulties faced by veterans in telling a war story, including memory loss, the physical and mental magnitude of events, the burying of traumatic experiences, and demoralization. But both Caputo and O'Brien pursued different storytelling styles, both of which resulted in powerful stories.
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Essay Grade: 83%
Two Notable Stories Within The Things They Carried
1,902 words, approx. 6 pages
An analysis of two particularly good stories in Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried. "Speaking of Courage" tells of Norman's conversation with himself as he drives around the seven-mile lake, reflecting on the past and thinking of hypothetical situations. "The Ghost Soldiers" revolves around the two times Tim was wounded, how he was treated by different medics, and his reaction to the medic who treated his second wound.
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Essay Grade: 92%
Azar and Norman Bowker as Symbols of War in "The Things They Carried"
1,508 words, approx. 5 pages
In "The Things They Carried," Tim O'Brien compares Azar's bold, immature, and insistent characteristics to Norman's courageous, reflective and distressed attitudes as a way to compare different attitudes toward war.
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Essay Grade: 78%
Character and Object Summaries of The Things They Carried
1,496 words, approx. 5 pages
Character and Object Summaries of The Things They Carried
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Essay Grade: 86%
The Things They Carried
1,311 words, approx. 4 pages
Explores the significance of the objects in Tim O'Brien's novel, The Things They Carried. Describes how O'Brien uses literary techniques to detail his characters and the tangible and intangible items they took with them and sometimes burdened over.
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Essay Grade: 75%
The Things They Carried
1,306 words, approx. 4 pages
The Things They Carried, by Tim O'brien, provides insight into the emotions and rationale of Viet Nam veterans through they items they carried with them.
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Essay Grade: 94%
True Lies
1,306 words, approx. 4 pages
Essay proves how Tim O'Brien, the author of "The Things They Carried," increases his credibility without being reliable. This essay uses the literary devices found in the novel to prove the point being addressed.
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Essay Grade: 88%
"September 1, 1939" and "The Things They Carried"
1,302 words, approx. 4 pages
Both W.H. Auden's poem "September 1, 1939" and Tim O'Brien's story "The Things They Carried" address the physical and emotional traumas of war in many similar ways. Auden's poem approaches the issue through the eyes of a civilian suffering from the emotional burden of an attack by soldiers, while O'Brien's story approaches it through the eyes of soldiers suffering from their various emotional burdens. The literary works express a state of fear on the part of both Auden's civilian and O'Brien's soldiers.
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Essay Grade: 96%
Truth and Troop Hardships in a Chapter of "The Things They Carried"
1,300 words, approx. 4 pages
The search for truth and the desensitization of U.S. troops during the Vietnam War are the themes of the "How to Tell a True War Story" chapter of Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried."
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Essay Grade: 75%
The Things They Carried
1,246 words, approx. 4 pages
"The Things They Carried" is the story about Cross's company, Alpha company, in the US army and what his fellow soldiers used to carry in war on their missions. The things they carried were according to the preference and size of each and every soldier in the company.
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Essay Grade: 86%
Examples of Courage in The Things They Carried
1,112 words, approx. 4 pages
Provides a literary analysis of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien. Discusses how the characters demonstrate courage. Provides examples from the book to support the premise.
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Essay Grade: 86%
The Things They Carried, An Analysis
967 words, approx. 3 pages
Explains the meaning of the title "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Focuses on , Lieutenant Cross and describes the types of items he "carried." The essay also discusses how these items represented the life/personality of Lieutenant Cross.
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Essay Grade: 81%
The Things They Carried: Coping With Death
906 words, approx. 3 pages
Discusses the Tim O'Brien book, The Things They Carried. Examines how O'Brien conveys his approach to death, coping skills, and the loss of his childhood friend, Linda. Reveals how O'Brien used his coping skills in the Vietnam War.
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Essay Grade: 95%
The Things They Carried: Azar's Characteristics
867 words, approx. 3 pages
This is an essay analyzing the character Azar in "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.
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Essay Grade: 86%
Symbolism in Tim O' Brien's "The Things They Carried"
856 words, approx. 3 pages
Symbolism is one of the most effective and powerful elements in writing, enabling us to tell a story one way while all along communicating a different, more profound message. In his story "The Things They Carried," Tim O'Brien uses the items soldiers tend to take with them to war to symbolize what the soldiers are actually thinking and feeling.
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Essay Grade: 86%
The Things They Carried
852 words, approx. 3 pages
Describes how in his novel, The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien explains his uncertainty of whether to run to Canada or serve his country in the Vietnam War. Considers how the reader is forced to agree with O'Brien's decision to enlist in the Army.
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Essay Grade: 81%
Two Vietnam Tales: "Rockets Like Rain" and "The Things They Carried"
816 words, approx. 3 pages
Individual stories of Vietnam soldiers in "Rockets Like Rain" by Dale Reich and "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.
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Essay Grade: 88%
The Sorrow of War and The Things They Carried
773 words, approx. 3 pages
Compares and contrasts the two novels, The Sorrow of War and The Things They Carried. Describes the common theme of how war alters, corrupts, and destroys. Maintains that both men are traumatized by the Vietnam conflict and feel the compelling need to write about it.
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Essay Grade: 96%
Character Comparison in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
767 words, approx. 3 pages
A comparison of Jimmy Cross and Kiowa, two characters in the story "The Things they Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Keywords: war, Vietnam, Vietnam War, soldiers, military, Native Americans
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Essay Grade: 75%
The Things They Carried
765 words, approx. 3 pages
The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, is a generalization of his own experiences in Vietnam although the story itself is a work of fiction there is still much to be learned from it. Through the actions of soldiers in The Things They Carried we can begin to explore the effect war has on the human condition and the toll it plays on their minds.
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Essay Grade: 87%
Things They Carried
745 words, approx. 3 pages
This essay is about my personal opinion regarding the thesis statement of the book "Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.
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Essay Grade: 86%
The Things They Carried
734 words, approx. 2 pages
The essay is about the change in jimmy cross in Tim O'Brien's 'Things They Carried'
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Essay Grade: 86%
Coping with the Past Through Truth in The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
713 words, approx. 2 pages
In the book The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, the fictional character, Tim O'Brien has a definition of truth unlike one a person may find in the dictionary. Throughout the book, the character, by telling these stories, he is coping with the past, and at the same time, sharing his experiences with the world.
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Essay Grade: 90%
More Acts of Cowardice than Courage in "The Things They Carried"
710 words, approx. 2 pages
Essay discusses how the first eighty pages of "The Things They Carried" highlights acts of cowardice more than acts of courgae.
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Essay Grade: 83%
Evaluation of The Things They Carried and "Blowing in the Wind"
682 words, approx. 2 pages
Unlike the song "Blowing in the Wind," Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried does not necessarily take an antiwar stand. The soldiers in the novel are not mature enough to grasp the cruelties of war, and war gives them a sense of security and belonging. By writing about how the cruelties of war provide a greater understanding in life, O'Brien shows that war is enlightening rather than corrupting.
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Essay Grade: 81%
An Examination of Courage in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried
541 words, approx. 2 pages
Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried, specifically the chapter entitled "On the Rainy River," offers a complex look at wartime courage. At age 21, O'Brien faced a conflict over his decision of whether to go to war, because he saw both the option to go to war and the option not to go as actions of cowardice, each in their own way.

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