Field Trip by Tim O’Brien

Field Trip - Tim O’Brien

In Field Trip by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of forgiveness, connection, innocence, and closure. Taken from his The Things We Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of forgiveness. O’Brien has returned to Vietnam with […]

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Night Life by Tim O’Brien

Night Life - Tim O’Brien

In Night Life by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of tension, desperation, respect, connection and change. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of tension. Kiley isn’t himself. He isn’t […]

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Church by Tim O’Brien

Church - Tim O’Brien

In Church by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of friendship, conflict, religious practice and innocence. Taken from his The Thing They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of friendship. The monks at the Church are […]

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Good Form by Tim O’Brien

Good Form - Tim O’Brien

In Good Form by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of honesty, writing, responsibility, acceptance and ego. Taken from his The Things They Carried Collection the story is narrated by O’Brien himself and after reading the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of honesty. O’Brien admits that he has not killed a man while on […]

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Ambush by Tim O’Brien

Ambush - Tim O’Brien

In Ambush by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of honesty, regret, forgiveness, acceptance and conflict. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and after reading the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of honesty. O’Brien’s daughter, when she is a child, asks […]

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The Man I Killed by Tim O’Brien

The Man I Killed - Tim O’Brien

In The Man I Killed by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of letting go, tradition, time, rationality and acceptance. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and after reading the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of letting go. Despite the passing […]

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The Dentist by Tim O’Brien

The Dentist - Tim O’Brien

In The Dentist by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of ego, connection, appearance, fear, masculinity and embarrassment. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and after reading the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of ego. Curt Lemon appears to like bragging […]

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On the Rainy River by Tim O’Brien

On the Rainy River - Tim O'Brien

In On the Rainy River by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of responsibility, fear, connection, bravery and guilt. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and after reading the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of responsibility. O’Brien does not fully understand […]

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Friends by Tim O’Brien

Friends - Tim O’Brien

In Friends by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of trust, friendship, connection and desperation. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of trust. Jensen and Strunk are not yet friends […]

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Enemies by Tim O’Brien

Enemies - Tim O’Brien

In Enemies by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of conflict, stress, fear and revenge. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien may be exploring the theme of conflict. Jensen and Strunk are fighting which in […]

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Spin by Tim O’Brien

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In Spin by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of conflict, memories, acceptance and letting go. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien (the character) and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien (the writer) is exploring the theme of memories. The reader learns about two incidents that […]

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Love by Tim O’Brien

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In Love by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of guilt, connection, longing, appearance, trust and letting go. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien (the character) and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien (the writer) may be exploring one of the main themes […]

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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In The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of escape, conflict, guilt, acceptance and responsibility. Taken from his collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person and after first reading the story the reader becomes aware of the significance of the title of the story. O’Brien (throughout the story) lists all […]

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