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  1. 1. The Things They Carried An introduction to Tim O’Brien and his 8 fictional account of the Vietnam War
  2. 2. Prior Knowledge (Vocabulary) as Fabricated as Psychological warfare as Propaganda as Communists as Protagonist Vocabulary
  3. 3. Fabricated are Made up, created. — The child fabricated a lie when asked how the / amp became broken. — The child made ug a lie when asked how the / amp became broken. h Vocabulary back
  4. 4. Psychological Warfare .7 . as Tactics that use propaganda to try to ‘ demoralize an enemy in war, usually including the civilian population h Vocabulary back
  5. 5. Propaganda as Something communicated in a biased way in order to shape or change the ideas of a targeted audience as information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, n . ation, etc. h Vocabulary back
  6. 6. Communists as One who believes in a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy shares all goods equally with the people as Create closed state economies that barely trade with capitalist countries h Vocabulary back
  7. 7. Protagonist as The central figure of a story; The character with the lead role. h Vocabulary back
  8. 8. Relevant Facts About the ; ‘ Vietnam War as No fixed date that the US entered into war with Vietnam as Series of steps from 1950 — 1965 as See notes
  9. 9. Vietnam War as Eisenhower fabricated a government of South Vietnam — Advisers used psychological warfare against North Vietnam — ten’s of thousands of leaflets dropped. .. Vietnam
  10. 10. Vietnam Timeline — 1950 — Truman sent economic and military aid to the French who were trying to retain hold on their Indochina colony. — 1954 — The defeated French conceded to a communist government north of the 17*“ parallel — 1960 — JFK approves Aid — 1964 — US began sending combat troops as a result of The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Vietnam
  11. 11. Vietnam Timeline — 1965 — 1966 Military escalation because S. Vietnam couldn’t handle things — 1967 — Draft began. Antiwar Protests happening across US — 1969 —My Lai Massacre where US soldiers kill a village full of civilians — 1972 — Ceasefire — 1973 — Paris Peace Agreement Click here for an online timeline offered by pbs. org Vietnam
  12. 12. I. I. I’ I I 4 F K Vietnam Demographics / as Location as Religion is People Vietnam
  13. 13. Vi<: .rl‘: ii. ~:. iii F <-mil uteri . ;:: . Location — South of China, East of Laos and Cambodia, West of South China Sea Hanoi as , Danang' _ ». _' _, LAOS HoiAn " ' 3 THAILAND K _[_‘_ F _ ¥ ‘_"‘. » liil . ::: = . *1 , . . Here is an N”‘”""l” "' F’ . _ iv‘ ' CAMBODIA Da Lat »" v-'2‘ VIETNAM ‘an . ‘ PhanThlet ; _ “°“l. '.ll; t:rE~rv / - - interesting interactive map of places mentioned in the book MM” 8 *5 W35 F Vietnam ,1?’ V. , _:. -.53 .
  14. 14. ism, Christian ism, Buddh ianism, Tao ty, and Tam Giao (tri-rel Confuc igion, .. .) I. )} u m a m .1. V
  15. 15. Religions 100 80 60 40 20 Buddhist Catholic Other* None I Percentage of practicing members 9.3 | 6.7 | 3.2 80.8 *Other religions include: Hoa Hao (1.5%), Cao Dai (1.1%), Protestant (.5%, and Muslim (.1%)
  16. 16. People of Vietnam 80% ethnic Vietnamese 20% — 50+ different ethnic minority groups, hill 8 tnbes Languages spoken: Fl Vietnam
  17. 17. What Do You Need to Know About the Book Before Reading It? 40% It is ALL fiction. as Facts are important but not central to our novel study. ale Emotional effect of incidents is what is important. at Literary effects are also integral.
  18. 18. Tint <3 rfraii lf: €ir: l’ili<7 rt‘) Vfr “Tiiii <3 i‘i<I. ii‘” 5 ll , =liér:4.. lf‘ér: r.. l 2l. <e: l.‘; liir: r.. l.‘l. ‘é¥: r.. l.< 1 -| <: ::» Protagonist and sometime narrator is “Tim O’Brien”. This “Tim O’Brien” in ” - the book is NOT REAL. <: ::» Even when “Tim O’Brien” talks directly to the reader, it is the fictional “Tim”. 5 -j 7
  19. 19. Example of the narrator “Tim O’Brien” speaking directly to L '8 the reader . / “Now and then, when I tell this story [about the baby water buffalo], someone will come up to me afterward and say she liked it. lt’s always a woman. What I should do”, she’ll say, “is put it all behind me. Find new stories to tell. ” ‘‘I wont say it but I’ll think it. “l’ll picture Rat Kiley’s face, his grief, and l’ll think, You dumb cooze. “Because she wasn’t listening. ‘‘It wasn’t a war story. It was a love story. ” ~ “How to Tell a True War Story”, pgs 84 — 85
  20. 20. Tim O’Brien %. #3, 1* ' 8 if The author Tim did "1’. V ‘ ,4 actually go to Vietnam , ~-'"_' Q; and really was in the _ _: ‘ ' Alpha Company, but is -~ writing a fictional account Tim O'Brien
  21. 21. Literary Devices found in ; The Things They Carried ,7 r Imagery ’ ‘ Mood Point of View Characterization Symbolism Metaphor Hony Lit devices
  22. 22. imagery its Vivid language that puts a picture in the mind of the reader 40% Example: — “His jaw was in his throat, his upper lip and teeth were gone, his one eye was shut, his other eye was a star—shaped hole. ..” (pg. 124) Lit devices
  23. 23. Mood at Feeling author wants the reader to have while reading 40% Example: — In the story “Ghost Soldiers” Tim wants the reader to feel the fear of being on night watch. Lit devices
  24. 24. <: ::» Example: — The narrator “Tim O’Brien” is against war ‘ya, .. l l character. and thinks himself a coward for going to Vietnam Lit devices 1: I. . . 1,. f. ;_ . » , . . -v r . :°Hi: i.-4 ‘ <: ::» The attitude or outlook of a narrator or 5?‘ . F _. ' , .,ir ' :9, __ / ,1. er I I
  25. 25. .; ::. What the characters are like; their . ;:: . Example: '5 personalities ’, 1:» I. 11" ? . — Henry Dobbins is superstitious and l H T believes in luck because he carries extra Es‘ rations and his girlfriend’s pantyhose. p ' . .-v _. r . . 1,. f. ;_ . “ . F _ . ‘ , .,ir ' Lit devices /1”" I. , ‘._-it _,
  26. 26. V‘ i ‘‘ kr V r r . ‘ § . l “ <: ::» Compare two things that are unlike in any way (without using like or as) «: ::» Example: — The disjointed telling of the story is a metaphor for life as a soldier in Vietnam Lit devices ; 7.’ 1,. . . ; D
  27. 27. .; ::. An object that represents a larger idea . ;:: . Example — The Silver Star is a medal that symbolizes courage and honor Lit devices
  28. 28. irony is The opposite of what is expected happens 40% Example: — When two characters are goofing off and having a good time, a bomb goes off and kills one. Lit devices
  29. 29. Tim O'Brien biography: The Early Years is Born in Austin on Oct. 1, 1946 and grew up in a small town in Minnesota — He shares this birth date with several of his characters at Dad was an insurance salesman at Mom was an elementary school teacher Tim O'Brien
  30. 30. Tim O'Brien Biography: ; to College Life .1 r ' as Political science major at Macalester College, attended peace vigils and war * protests at Graduated in 1968 MACALESTER COLLEGE Tim O'Brien
  31. 31. Tim O'Brien Biography: ; To Go to War? , to " at Received his draft notice upon graduation it Was against the war - hated Boy Scouts, bugs, and rifles. are Considered deserting to Canada once he received his classification as an infantryman _ , v 4 f 5 .4 I Tim O'Brien
  32. 32. Tim O'Brien Biography: ; In Vietnam , to " . / . at Assigned to the 3'0‘ Platoon, Alpha ‘ Company, 5”‘ battalion, 46”‘ Infantry as " a foot soldier 40% Served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 40% Returned home with a Purple Heart — Was wounded by shrapnel from a hand grenade Tim O'Brien
  33. 33. Tim O'Brien Biography: Views on Vietnam it Now believes it was an act of cowardice to go to war instead of fleeing to Canada it Was 22 years old and feared the disapproval of his family and friends, his townspeople and country at Hated every minute of Vietnam Tim O'Brien
  34. 34. Tim O'Brien Biography: Life after Vietnam it After returning to the states, he became a grad student at Harvard. at Left Harvard to become a newspaper reporter for The Washington Post. at Began writing fiction about Vietnam Tim O'Brien
  35. 35. Works by Tim O’Brien L. .. « at If I Die in Combat (1973) at Northern Lights (1975) it Going after Cacciato (1978) at The Nuclear Age (1985) at The Things They Carried (1990) at In the Lake of the Woods (1994) Tim O'Brien
  36. 36. Tim O'Brien Biography: ; Current Whereabouts r " at http: //www. timothy| obrien. com/ it He is an editor for the New York Times. it Is frequently a guest journalist for CN it Is also writing a series of Historical Thrillers. Tim O'Brien
  37. 37. Tim O’Brien are Claims he still gets calls from people, asking questions, offering their * own opinions about what happened. it They want to know, missing the point of the novel, that life often does not offer solutions or resolutions, that it is impossible to know completely what secrets lurk within people Tim O'Brien
  38. 38. Part of Definition speech Abbreviation SOP CO PFC RTO LP CS MRE Standard Operating Procedure Commanding Officer Private First Class (rank) Radio Transmissions Officer Language/ Listening Patrol Teargas Meal ready to eat Viet Cong < O Vocabulary
  39. 39. Resources http: //www. indeXmundi. com/ Vietnam/ demographics p rofile. html http: //wwwillyria. com/ tobsites. html pbs. org

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