The Things They Carried

What does Tim invent about the man he killed?

In the chapter called "the man I killed"

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O’Brien imagines what the man’s life must have been like. He makes up a whole fictional biography for his victim: He was always afraid to go to war, after hearing about the exploits of other war heroes in his village. He never thought he could be a hero, had avoided politics, was a scholar who loved math, was possibly in love with a classmate.