Study Questions
Go Read
Vietnam War
In the Classroom
Student Responses

“The Truth in Things: Personal Trauma As Historical Amnesia in The Things They Carried”: Jim Neilson’s essay, in which he argues that O’Brien does not challenge the prevailing myths about the Vietnam War in this collection:


“Metafiction and O’Brien’s The Things They Carried”: Michele Friedlander’s essay on the role of memory and storytelling:

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