Personal Review of The Things They Carried
I thought that The Things They Carried was a good book to read. Usually, this would not be my first book of choice to read for fun, but nevertheless, it is a good, informative read. Although this is a work of fiction, it is based on some of Tim O’Brien’s experiences during the Vietnam War. One thing that I really loved was the symbolism in this book. I liked the idea that the men not only carried their belongings, but their burdens too. These stories really gave me an insight of what a soldier’s life was, what he witnessed, and how he survived it all. This book had many good uses of tone, theme, mood, symbolism, similes, diction, syntax, and imagery, and I really like books that have many rhetorical strategies in them. At sometimes, the stories were really sad and the imagery of people dying was too descriptive, and there was some vulgar language, but other than that I thought everything else was of. I am very glad that I had the chance to read this book.