The Things They Carried

What is the name of the movie that Timmy and Linda see on their date? What is the irony of the title?

In the story "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, Chapter 22 (The Lives of the Dead)

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The Man Who Never Was

THe title was "The Man Who Never Was". I think it's ironic because Tim thinks there is so much he missed out on because of the war. He would have been a very different man were it not for the war. The film is ironically also a war film (WW2).

In O'Brien's own words;

"I'm forty-three years old, and a writer now, still dreaming Linda alive in exactly the same way... she's mostly made up, with a new identity and a new name, like the man who never was. Her real name doesn't matter... I loved her and then she died."


The Things They Carried