The Things They Carried By Tim O’Brien


The character O’Brien starts the chapter Spin with bits of stories of his fellow soldiers that are disconnected to the continuing war. O’Brien describes how his fellow soldiers entertain themselves in more subtle moments of their time in Vietnam like two of his friends digging a foxhole every night so that they ca play checkers. Here he now reveals that he is now a writer and is at the age of forty-three. He claims that writing stories of the past has made the bad memories reappear. Although his daughter Kathleen encourages him to write happier stories. he maintains that writing about what he remembers is a way of coping with things that you can’t stop thinking about. For the character O’Brien, there is a need to tell his stories so that the past can be brought to the future and in that, bring understanding for people who are strangers to that experience.