The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried is a good example of postmodernism literature because it plays with the idea of both mental and physical aspects, while also taking on a dark, realistic view of the Vietnam War and the impact the soldiers went through. It plays with the idea of what is real and what is fiction, and this particular story rebelled against the typical “war stories” that were often told about World War I and II. It challenged what was traditional — war stories before Vietnam were often told in the same order, beginning with a noble example, followed by an act of courage, with the battle serving as initiation. The Things They Carried, instead, focused more heavily on the reality of war and what turmoils its soldiers go through, something that was often overlooked before this era.


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