Essay for English literature. Thank you.


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Question Description

  • Writing Prompt #3
  • Consider the role of setting, or context, in one of the works. For example, a story that takes place in a wild and natural setting might include characters struggling against nature to survive. A story set in a city might include themes of alienation and anonymity because of the impersonal crowds and busy city life. Cultural contexts can combine with both urban and rural elements to produce further meaning, as well. Consider the following questions as you critically read one of the texts below: Does the protagonist conflict with the setting or have particular interactions with 
it? Does the protagonist’s relationship with the setting connect with his/her development as a character? Does the setting reveal other themes and conflicts?

"The Things They Carried" (O'Brien, 1990) - 5.4 in Journey into Literature

Guiding Questions

  • How does the story communicate the uncertain and frightening setting these soldier-characters experience? (Consider repeated phrases or other devices.)
  • What sorts of emotions, such as stress or fear, does the Vietnam context cause the characters to experience? Give specific examples from the story, and consider how these emotions might be “told” to us in multiple ways.
  • How do the soldiers in the story cope with their setting/context, whether through imagined escapes or other means, and are they successful?
    • During the war in Vietnam, soldiers has to face with deaths, and casualties within in the platoon and having to kill someone to survive.
    • Lieutenant Jimmy Cross blames himself for the death of one of his men due to his obsession and feelings for Martha, his old college crush
    • It seems like Lieutenant Jimmy Cross did not cope mentally towards the love affair dilemma and the death of one his men.

My Thesis: Being a soldier means a call to service that can bring two different worlds, a new life in a foreign country and a new life upon coming home. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien depicts the struggle and terror of being deployed in a war zone in Vietnam and the struggle of alienation and survival.

If someone can help me with this paperwork. also if someone can fix my thesis. the essay must be at list more 1500 pages with solid main topics and paragraph and conclusion.

Final Answer


There is a need to understand that the story ‘The Things They Carried’ has been termed as
‘metafiction’ which means that it is not non-fiction and neither is it quite fiction. It is imperative
that one seeks to view the narration as one that is trying to analyze various fears of individuals,
in a world of uncertainty. It is a way that focuses on how the soldiers, who are used figuratively,
to show the daily struggles that all human beings face and the ways of escape that they use. The
profession of being in the disciplined forces means that one is called to be of service to their
country, and putting the interests of their country above their personal needs. The life of a soldier
can means that the soldiers can find themselves in combat areas in foreign countries and have to
embrace a new life. Of course, when they come back to their native countries, they also have to
adapt to a new life. Some have to even confront the impact of the war, such as being crippled and
even the loss of their loved ones, and the lives they had before the war. In the story ‘The Things
They Carried’, the writer tries to show the struggle of the soldiers while in the war zones, and
some of the methods that they use to maintain sanity, to escape the harsh conditions of the war
and the survival tactics that they deploy. In the story, it shows the life of soldiers during the

Vietnam War, their struggles and how they try to keep going when confronted with the
unavoidable consequences of war.
One of the ways through which the narrator tries to show the uncertainty of the sol...

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