TTTC-chapters 15 and 16

Norman Bowker struggles with PTSD

Norman Bowker "survives" the war.

Norman Bowker survives the war and earns seven medals, however, he still struggles with the death of Kiowa even years after the war. Norman, after surviving the war, obviously struggles with PTSD and survivor's guilt specifically with Kiowa's death.

Quote analysis of chapters 15 and 16

Analyze a quote from the chapters you were assigned and explain it to the class. Be sure to include any themes that apply.

"By telling stories you objectify your own experience. You pin down certain truths. You make up others. You start sometimes with an incident that truly happened, like the night in the shit field and you carry it forward by inventing incidents that did not in fact occur but that nonetheless help to clarify and explain." (O'Brien 158)


O'Brien explains how he tells stories similar to chapters 2 and 3 when he discussed how he writes and the way he takes memories and changes them (elaborates, leaves out information, changes events) to make them what he wants. He uses his writing as a therapy to work through his turmoil from the Vietnam War. However, it becomes an added challenge for the reader to remember this is fiction. This quote applies to the theme of story telling and truth in understanding that truth is relative to O'Brien. Truth is not the same as fact, and events that we experience may be remembered differently than what someone else remembers.

English 10 class

Students who are reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.