The Question and Answer section for The Things They Carried is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Kiowa was shot after when his friend turned on a flashlight in the night to show him a picture.... the flashlight exposed them to enemy fire.
What is the effect of “Notes,” in which O'Brien explains the story behind “Speaking Of Courage”? Does your appreciation of the story change when you learn which parts are “true” and which are the author's invention?
I think this is a book about storytelling rather than simply war stories. The metaphor becomes more real than the facts. The stories are dramatic and tend reconcile the thematic content with the harsh factual realities of war. Much like his guilt,...
Tim is examining his own motivations for running away to Canada, avoiding the war, or going to war in Vietnam. Tim says either choice was not good, it was an agonizing moral dilemma, "I feared the war, yes, but I also feared exile."