Presentation on theme: "“Field Trip” from The Things They Carried Author Tim O’Brien By Caroline Lowcher."— Presentation transcript:
“Field Trip” from The Things They Carried Author Tim O’Brien By Caroline Lowcher
Simple vocabulary Colloquial- muck, bumpy, pigsty, States, stupid, mush, gunk Italicized words- emphasis ex. “What did you want” (O’Brien 183)? “He looks mad” (O’Brien 188). Point of view- 1 st person
“…all I could do was slap hands with the water” (O’Brien 187). “…he picked up a shovel and raised it over his head and held it there for a time, grimly, like a flag, then he brought the shovel down…” (O’Brien 187). “Soft heat waves shimmered up out of the earth” (O’Brien 187). “…bumpy dirt roads and a hot August sun, ending up at an empty field on the edge of nowhere” (O’Brien 182).
Guilty - menacing, sentiment, coldness, pity… “…I looked for signs of forgiveness or personal grace” (O’Brien 181). Honor - burying Kiowa’s moccasins - recognition, meaningful, decent, best… “I wanted to tell Kiowa that he’d been a great friend, the very best…” (O’Brien 187).
“The war was as remote to her as cavemen and dinosaurs”. O’Brien uses setting to compare the place where Kiowa died to what it looks like now. O’Brien struggles in finding familiar landscapes. Second week of August afternoon Marsh around river Grassy field
Emotional Burden -“The Things They Carried” -Guilt of Kiowa’s death -Hiding the deeper images of his past Physical Burden -Kiowa’s moccasins Reoccurrence of muck
Indirect “…I looked for signs of forgiveness or personal grace…” (O’Brien 181). -Kathleen: “Listen, this is stupid…” (O’Brien 186). -O’Brien going into the water. -Wedging the moccasins into bottom of the river. No Direct Kiowa’s actuality - Appears real because O’Brien is visiting the site of his death.
Attempt to “bury” O’Brien’s guilt Different effects of visiting Vietnam to O’Brien and Kathleen - distance between Tim and Kathleen Effect on the reader Change in scenery/field appearing smaller at Kiowa’s death site - O’Brien’s older, not at war, or change in land
The reader can try to feel what O’Brien feels when visiting Vietnam. -relate more than Kathleen, but not as much as O’Brien O’Brien putting the past behind him Sadness understanding
Postwar story like “Speaking of Courage” Falling action Letting go/overcoming burden of Kiowa’s death
Works Cited O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Turtleback : A Division of Sanval, Print. Pictures galenfrysinger.com leum.jpg vietnam.jpg scrapetv.com Flickr-65.jpg