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Things They Carried

 

On Teaching Stories


Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 20, 2016 - 6:20pm


Last night, I was messaging a friend about my class today. With the right friend, you think differently about everything that matters.

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Tomorrow, I teach "The Things They Carried" in my class. It's a story about Vietnam. It's a book of stories, really; the title of the book is the title of the first story.
It's a story about what soldiers carry with them -- the 85 pounds of equipment they carried into war, and the psychological stresses that they brought with them into the war, as well as the psychological scars the war created in them.