The Things They Carried

What is O'Brien's perception of how people "at home" react to and relate to the soldiers?

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When the soldiers return from Vietnam to America, they discover that they are now Other to America, and America is Other to them. The American public reacted negatively to the Vietnam war. Some falsely blamed the soldiers for what happened. The men were not war heroes, as in WW2, but "baby killers" and symbols of a bad foreign policy.


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