The Things They Carried - Study Guide Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

Tim O'Brien
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Tim begins this chapter by recounting the day his daughter, Kathleen, asked him if he had ever killed anyone, since he was always writing war stories. He tells her of course not, but he writes that someday he hopes she'll ask again, so that he can tell her what really happened, and that she was right - that was why he kept writing war stories.

The man he killed was a slender man of about twenty. Tim says he was afraid of the young man or of something, and as he passed, Tim threw a grenade at his feet.

They had been working in two-man teams, one keeping watch while the other slept. It was Tim's turn, and after about half an hour, he saw the young man walking down the road in front of him. Almost automatically, Tim moved into position, pulled the pin and threw...

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