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The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien: Literary Criticisms

Beginning Your Research

As you begin your research, think about what most moved you in the novel.  At the same time, skim through the essays available in the books on reserve and in the databases to see what scholars have written.  As you develop your thesis, you will need to find supporting evidence.  When you read something you think you might use, be sure to keep a record of the source as well as a copy of the material itself.

Databases for research

Searching for Research Books

Search the LSCS Library Catalog:


Keywords Anywhere   Subject   Title   Author

Find e-Books

Books for Research

Critical Companion to Tim O'Brien

The link takes you to one of the articles in the book. The entire book is available at the LSC-North Harris library

How to Revise a True War Story

Soldiers Once and Still

Available as an ebook or in hard copy.

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

If you click on the title, you will get to one essay in this book. The book is also available in hard copy.

Tim O'Brien: The Things He Carries and the Stories He Tells

A Trauma Artist

Available as an electronic book or hard copy.

War in Tim O'Brien's the Things they Carried

Available as an electronic book and also in hard copy.

Possible Topics to Research

  • Courage
  • Gender
  • Guilt
  • Innocence
  • Weapons
  • Setting
  • Symbolism
  • The Draft
  • Storytelling
  • Heroism
  • Voice
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Truth
  • Superstition
  • Retribution
  • Compare to another story, such as The Sun Also Rises or The Red Badge of Courage

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