Tim O’Brien’s famous novel, The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien’s famous novel, The Things They Carried, details the lasting trauma of the Vietnam War. In it, O’Brien meditates on war’s impact on the human psyche and on human relationships. What can we learn about the Vietnam War from O’Brien’s fictional account? What can the struggles of Alpha Company tell us anything about the culture, politics, and society of Vietnam-era America?