Essay about Analysis of Important Quotes in "The Things They Carried"
Significance: This quote describes the entire style in which the book is written. Tim O’ Brien writes the novel as though it is a memoir, but this isn’t the case. In the copyright information, readers learn that most of the events, with a few small exceptions, were fabricated. Once the reader knows this fact, there is bound to be a curiosity of which portions of the book are actually based on O’ Brien’s life. This quote looks at the “fictional” Tim O’Brien’s view of war stories. He says that memory doesn’t always serve a person well when …show more content…
3. “When a man died, there had to be blame.” (177)
Significance: The idea of death is a major theme found throughout this novel. In such a dangerous war situation, there’s no way of knowing when your life could be over. This quote reflects a major way in which the men cope with this fact. Whenever something happens, they need to find blame in someone or something. While the blame isn’t always placed on a person, there are many times in the novel in which this is the case. As the leader of the platoon, Jimmy Cross feels major guilt at any death of his men, as he feels he is responsible for the lives of these men. When Kiowa dies, Cross feels as though he could have done more to save the young soldiers life. He feels as though he didn’t think