The Things They Carried and Death


the Things They Carried and Death

Characters: (speaker, Page Number and Citation: 27 Spin"s The bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, replaying itself over and over. The men proposed a toast to the dead man, but O'Brien would not join. There is no virtue. Win some and lose some, he said, but he'd tried hard. Some of the men took drugs, and Rat Kiley started to go crazy. Others in the platoon spoke to the corpse in a mildly mocking way, but O'Brien could not even go near the body. OBrien finds the humor grotesque and disturbing and retreats to his tent. Related Characters: (speaker) Page Number and Citation: 152 Norman did not experience a failure of nerve that night.

The Things They Carried and Death
the Things They Carried and Death

He recalls: The night was absolute. He offers readers a story within a story within a story. Beyond anything else, he was afraid of disgracing himself, and therefore his family and village. O'Brien says that stories animate bodies. He realized what was going. This layer of stories characterizes the power of stories as devices for ordering the events of life and figuring out one's response to those events.


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