Ch 2: The Things They Carried Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

''The Things They Carried'' Literary Analysis chapter of this ''The Things They Carried'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to look beneath the surface of the novel. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the literary elements within this book.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help analyzing The Things They Carried will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way learn about various literary aspects of this novel. 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 memorizing the literary elements in The Things They Carried
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • 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 Literary Analysis 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 interpretive qualities of The Things They Carried for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary devices used in the story
  • Analyzing the story's themes
  • Symbolism and imagery in the novel
  • Point of view and writing style in The Things They Carried
  • Motifs in the novel
  • The author's use of irony
  • Presence of conflict in the novel
  • Role of women in The Things They Carried

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Things They Carried Literary Analysis
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Things They Carried: Short Story Analysis

1. The Things They Carried: Short Story Analysis

Tim O'Brien's ''The Things They Carried'' is a collection of short stories. Some of the characters appear in several different stories, and the stories often change slightly with each retelling. O'Brien's goal is for the reader to experience the war stories in a way that reflects the experiences of the young soldiers in Vietnam.

Literary Devices in The Things They Carried

2. Literary Devices in The Things They Carried

In this lesson, we'll learn about some of the literary devices that are used by the author Tim O'Brien in the novel 'The Things They Carried' to draw readers into this realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War.

Analysis of the Themes in The Things They Carried

3. Analysis of the Themes in The Things They Carried

This lesson identifies and analyzes some of the important themes in Tim O'Brien's 1990 book, The Things They Carried, which recounts the author's experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War.

Symbols in The Things They Carried

4. Symbols in The Things They Carried

This lesson introduces and analyzes the significance of six important symbols in Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, ''The Things They Carried,'' which recounts the author's experiences as a soldier fighting in Vietnam.

The Things They Carried Point Of View

5. The Things They Carried Point Of View

Storytellers and authors can use multiple points of views to bring the story to life and engage their readers. In this lesson, we will be exploring points of view by looking at how Tim O'Brien used them in his book 'The Things They Carried.'

Writing Style in The Things They Carried

6. Writing Style in The Things They Carried

Like most of the other aspects of 'The Things They Carried,' Tim O'Brien's writing style builds up to a larger point. The writing is highly realistic, and it varies between conversational and highly elevated as the story requires. In 'The Things They Carried,' O'Brien is making a point about how and why we tell stories, and the writing style is a big part of that message. Here's how it works.

Imagery in The Things They Carried

7. Imagery in The Things They Carried

Imagery is an example of a literary device that authors use to make their writing vivid, memorable, and meaningful. In this lesson, we will explore the ways imagery in Tim O'Brien's novel 'The Things They Carried' accomplishes this.

Motifs in The Things They Carried

8. Motifs in The Things They Carried

This lesson introduces and analyzes several important motifs in Tim O'Brien's novel, The Things They Carried. A motif is a recurrent image, idea, or symbol, which reinforces underlying themes.

Irony in The Things They Carried

9. Irony in The Things They Carried

This lesson defines irony in literature and discusses the various uses of this literary device in Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, 'The Things They Carried.' O'Brien primarily uses postmodern irony to obscure the relation between fiction and story.

Conflict in The Things They Carried

10. Conflict in The Things They Carried

In this lesson, we will examine both the internal and external conflicts that members of Alpha Company face during the Vietnam War in 'The Things They Carried' by Tim O'Brien.

Role of Women in The Things They Carried

11. Role of Women in The Things They Carried

Women serve several important roles in Tim O'Brien's classic of the Vietnam War, 'The Things They Carried', but they primarily function as metaphor for the innocence and youthful grace that the soldiers have to release to survive the horrors of war.

The Things They Carried Vocabulary Flashcards

The Things They Carried Vocabulary Flashcards

This flashcard set reviews some of the more difficult language used in Tim O'Brien's novel, 'The Things They Carried'. Use the flashcards to familiarize yourself with the book's vocabulary, so that you can better understand as you read this postmodern novel.

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