Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lit Analysis: Things They Carried

1) The Things They Carried is a story written by Tim O' Brien. The main plot of the story is the journey the main character takes when he is drafted into service for the Vietnam war. Each chapter describes a different part of his journey, and he shares the hardships that he is forced to face.

2) I believe one of the major themes of the novel is courage. The main character is not only courageous when he charges the battle but, he is also courageous when he is able to forgive himself for the mistakes he has made in his life.

3)The authors tone is very relaxed and easy going. It is like he is telling the story to a friend whom he trusts and respects and knows is willing to listen. His diction is not very complicated and his style is easy to read. although he writes the story in this manner, his message is very clear and important.

4)Some literary techniques that helped me to further understand the prompt was his diction, syntax, , and characterization. His use of less compels diction helped me to understand what was going on. he simply explained everything that he needed to in a simple and organized manner. His syntax was also very clear and easy to understand. Everything the author wrote flowed very well and was easy to understand.


  1. Good start, the overall description made me want to re-read the book. Can you explain more about the literary elements and how they helped you understand the theme and tone? Examples and/or quotes would help too. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for the feed back Dr Preston. I will make these changes ASAP.