This study guide will help you analyze the text “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message, and perspectives.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Things They Carried”
Author: Tim O’Brien
Published in: The Things They Carried (collection)
Date of Publication: 1990
Genre: Short story
Tim O’Brien (b. 1946) is an American author. His most famous literary work is the short-story collection called The Things They Carried, which is based on O’Brien’s experiences during the Vietnam War.
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