Tim OBrien's The Things They Carried

Well now the fighting's over and for home we have set sail
Our flag above this lofty ship is fluttering in the gale
They've given us a pension boys of fourpence each a day
And when we reach Enniskillen never more we'll have to say:

They might be physical, emotional or spiritual things.

This knowledge causes emotions that motivate people to act in ways that they normally would not.
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Jimmy Cross in Tim O'Brien's Story The Things They Carried

Located in a field to the north of the village of Eoghanacht is the remains of what is thought to have been a tower house. Known locally as an Seanchaisleán it is said to be the remains of an early O Brien stronghold. This is quite probable as the O Briens were dominant chieftains both in Munster and on the islands for centuries. It is likely that they would have had close links with the nearby Seven Churches whose founder Naomh Brecáin came from Co. Clare and whose monastery probably enjoyed their patronage.

They think of the very large manatees swimming behind the glass.

Baldwin's will ends in a characteristic way - giving the residue of his estate, if any, to "the president and trustees of the Village of Potsdam Junction to be used in such way as they may think best to promote the cause of education and good morals in said village."

In The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, trauma recurs in soldiers for different reasons.
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The Things They Carried - Conflicts

Since the accident that took their daughter’s life, Tim and Beth Stone have become activists, speaking to teens about the dangers of drunk driving. They’re also behind an effort to get families to sign something they call a in which a teen promises never to drive drunk or ride with a driver under the influence of alcohol.

The Things They Carried “Enemies, “Friends,” “How to …

Walking towards the Puffing holes: Walking towards the puffing holes at the complete bottom of the island is a walk of majestic isolation and complete intrigue as the landscape of Inis Mor completely unravels itself. This walk is an adventurous one as there is no path. Its just a matter of walking south along the cliffs and paddocks where you will see giant boulders and idiosyncratic stone fences. The closer you get to the bottom of the island around 30-45 minutes, the closer you will get to the waves from the Atlantic as they crash into the rocks. This has a strong ocean roar and is a dramatic sight. Once at the bottom of the island you will come across the Puffing holes. These are holes in the ground at the top of the cliffs and have tunnel like channels that lead down to the water. On days when the seas are rampant, water will rush up and create a spray on the mainland in a similar fashion to the puffing of a whale. If you look further south you see the island of Inis Meain and the cliffs where Synge got his inspiration to write his famous plays.

Chapter Quotes - The Things They Carried By: Tim O' Brien

Red and green and silver flares, all colors, and the rain came down in Technicolor," (147-148).
This is juxtaposition because it compares the colorful flares with the Technicolor of the rain side by side.
Loose Sentence
I'm skimming across the surface of my own history
moving fast
riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins
and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later
I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy's life with a story
," (246).
The main clause is in
, while the following dependent clauses are in
, making it a loose sentence.
The narrator is speaking of what happened to Marry Anne Bell, and how the war took over her and "had the effect of a powerful drug".

197 quotes from The Things They Carried: ‘They carried the sky

It was not possible for any soldier to carry many items or burdens with them, but if something was a necessity, a way was found to carry it, and coping mechanisms were a necessity to survive the war....

The Things They Carried - Discussion Questions

Oh, my father was an Ulster man, proud Protestant was he,
My mother was a Catholic girl, from County Cork was she.
They were married in two churches, lived happily enough,
Until the day that I was born and things got rather tough.