Although the dramatic furnishings, characters,scenery and incidents, of the novel, ‘The Things They Carried’, are embedded in Vietnam war the book is not about Vietnam nor about war but the book is about effects of time on imagination and it is called an anti-war book by the author who abhored war and aiways looked for the establishment of peace (Healey).
There is not much details about the intricacies of war. The narrator had realized the uselessness of being in Vietnam in physical and moral sense. He was a soldier in the war but he knew that, ‘Almost everything else is invented’ and ‘story-truth is truer sometimes than happening truth’(O’Brien, 179).
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