Ch 4: The Things They Carried Chapter Summaries

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The Chapter Summaries chapter of ''The Things They Carried'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way study the chapters from Tim O'Brien's ''The Things They Carried''. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the most significant events from the novel.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the 22 chapters in The Things They Carried will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to review the novel's plot. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in studying the chapters in The Things They Carried
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the The Things They Carried Chapter Summaries chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about The Things They Carried Chapter Summaries for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Summaries covering all 22 chapters of The Things They Carried
  • Significant plot points, events and characters from eh novel

22 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Things They Carried Chapter Summaries
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The Things They Carried Chapter 1 Summary

1. The Things They Carried Chapter 1 Summary

This lesson summarizes the first chapter of Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ~'The Things They Carried~'. In this chapter, the narrator introduces main characters and describes the war setting.

The Things They Carried Chapter 2, Love: Summary

2. The Things They Carried Chapter 2, Love: Summary

This lesson presents a full summary of Chapter Two of Tim O'Brien's novel, ~'The Things They Carried~'. This chapter reflects on the toll of the Vietnam War on the soldiers' lives, especially on their romantic relationships.

The Things They Carried Chapter 3, Spin: Summary

3. The Things They Carried Chapter 3, Spin: Summary

This lesson will summarize and analyze important plot points of chapter 3 of ''The Things They Carried'', Tim O'Brien's novel about several American soldiers' experiences surrounding the Vietnam War.

The Things They Carried Chapter 4, On the Rainy River: Summary

4. The Things They Carried Chapter 4, On the Rainy River: Summary

This lesson provides an overview of the 4th chapter of Tim O'Brien's 'The Things They Carried.' This chapter tells the story of when O'Brien nearly fled for Canada after receiving his draft notice.

The Things They Carried Chapter 5, Enemies: Summary

5. The Things They Carried Chapter 5, Enemies: Summary

What do you do when someone has stolen from you? Well, you take matters into your own hands. But there's a problem: you are in the middle of war, and the guy who has wronged you is on your side.

The Things They Carried Chapter 6, Friends: Summary

6. The Things They Carried Chapter 6, Friends: Summary

Two enemies turned friends, Jensen and Strunk make a promise to each other. But neither one expects it be tested quite as quickly as it is, and the badly wounded Strunk is suddenly more afraid of his friend than his wound.

The Things They Carried, How to Tell a True War Story: Chapter 7 Summary

7. The Things They Carried, How to Tell a True War Story: Chapter 7 Summary

War is full of contradictions, and the only true war stories are the ones that no one will believe. When Curt Lemon dies, Rat Kiley reacts in a way that seems unbelievable.

The Things They Carried Chapter 8, The Dentist: Summary

8. The Things They Carried Chapter 8, The Dentist: Summary

This lesson provides a comprehensive plot summary of the eighth chapter of Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ''The Things They Carried''. In this chapter, the narrator recalls the time a dentist visited his platoon.

The Things They Carried, Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong: Chapter 9 Summary

9. The Things They Carried, Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong: Chapter 9 Summary

Mary Anne Bell is brought to Vietnam by her boyfriend in the ninth chapter of Tim O'Brien's ''The Things They Carried.'' Mary Anne takes to life in-country better than anyone would have imagined, and soon she finds a new way of life with the Special Forces.

The Things They Carried Chapter 10, Stockings: Summary

10. The Things They Carried Chapter 10, Stockings: Summary

Chapter 10 of Tim O'Brien's 'The Things They Carried' is titled 'Stockings,' a reference to the stockings Henry Dobbins carries on the battlefield. He views them as a good luck charm.

The Things They Carried Chapter 11, Church: Summary

11. The Things They Carried Chapter 11, Church: Summary

This lesson provides a comprehensive summary of Chapter 11 in Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ''The Things They Carried''. In this chapter, the platoon spends a week with two monks in an old pagoda.

The Things They Carried, The Man I Killed: Chapter 12 Summary

12. The Things They Carried, The Man I Killed: Chapter 12 Summary

In 'The Man I Killed', chapter 12 of Tim O'Brien's ''The Things They Carried'', Tim stares in shock at the body of the Vietnamese soldier he has just killed. He invents an entire backstory for the man as a way to deal with his guilt.

The Things They Carried Chapter 13, Ambush: Summary

13. The Things They Carried Chapter 13, Ambush: Summary

Chapter 13 of Tim O'Brien's ''The Things They Carried'' is a story called 'Ambush'. In this story, Tim describes the way he killed an enemy soldier in Vietnam, and how the kill still haunts him years later.

The Things They Carried Chapter 14, Style: Summary

14. The Things They Carried Chapter 14, Style: Summary

This lesson presents a comprehensive summary of the fourteenth chapter of Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ''The Things They Carried''. The chapter, entitled 'Style,' recalls a young girl dancing while her home in Vietnam burns to the ground.

The Things They Carried, Speaking of Courage: Chapter 15 Summary

15. The Things They Carried, Speaking of Courage: Chapter 15 Summary

This lesson presents a summary of Chapter Fifteen of Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ''The Things They Carried''. In this chapter, the narrator describes one of his comrades, who struggled to adjust to civilian life after fighting in the Vietnam War.

The Things They Carried Chapter 16, Notes: Summary

16. The Things They Carried Chapter 16, Notes: Summary

This lesson presents a full summary of chapter 16 of Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ''The Things They Carried''. In this chapter, the narrator reflects on the suicide of Norman Bowker.

The Things They Carried, In the Field: Chapter 17 Summary

17. The Things They Carried, In the Field: Chapter 17 Summary

Chapter 17, 'In the Field', of Tim O'Brien's ''The Things They Carried'', focuses on the search for Kiowa's body. The men cope with the death in different ways, and Jimmy Cross decides there are many different causes of Kiowa's death.

The Things They Carried Chapter 18, Good Form: Summary

18. The Things They Carried Chapter 18, Good Form: Summary

This lesson presents a comprehensive summary of Chapter 18 of Tim O'Brien's novel, ''The Things They Carried''. In this chapter, the narrator reflects on the power of narrative to lend authority to the past.

The Things They Carried Chapter 19, Field Trip: Summary

19. The Things They Carried Chapter 19, Field Trip: Summary

This lesson presents a comprehensive summary of the chapter entitled 'Field Trip' in Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, 'The Things They Carried.' This chapter describes the narrator's return to Vietnam after nearly twenty years have passed.

The Things They Carried, The Ghost Soldiers: Chapter 20 Summary

20. The Things They Carried, The Ghost Soldiers: Chapter 20 Summary

In 'The Ghost Soldiers', chapter 20 of ''The Things They Carried'', Tim O'Brien is wounded in battle. He seethes with hatred for the new medic who provides inadequate treatment, and O'Brien vows to seek revenge on the man.

The Things They Carried Chapter 21, Night Life: Summary

21. The Things They Carried Chapter 21, Night Life: Summary

Can you imagine injuring yourself to get out of combat? That's what Rat Kiley in Chapter 21 of ''The Things They Carried'', written by Tim O'Brien and published in 1990. Find out why in the the chapter summarized here, called 'Night Life'.

The Things They Carried, The Lives of the Dead: Chapter 22 Summary

22. The Things They Carried, The Lives of the Dead: Chapter 22 Summary

This lesson presents a comprehensive summary of 'The Lives of the Dead,' the final chapter of Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, 'The Things They Carried.' In this chapter, the narrator reflects on the power of narrative to bring the dead back to life.

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