In Tim O?Brien?s The Things They Carried, O?Brien uses a series of vignettes to tell about his times during the Vietnam War. Using this style, there was not a continuous plot because every chapter had a new plot. This made the book very hard to read. In this essay, I will use some example chapters such as ?The Dentist? and ?The Ghost Soldiers? to explore key parts of the book such as the changing plot, the lack of characterization, and O?Brien?s interesting.
This book was something that I have never seen before, a collection of short stories about one main idea. As I read this book, I noticed that the author was trying to tell a lot of different stories about the main idea to get his point across. O?Brien wanted to show whoever read his book that the
By making a book with a bunch of short stories, he could show how the war affected people differently. For instance, in the chapter called ?The Dentist,? O?Brien tells a story about a young man named Curt Lemon.