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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried


by Tim O'Brien

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

Pop Culture References

  • Bonnie and Clyde (The Things They Carried.5, Notes.5)
  • "The Stars and Stripes" (The Things They Carried.39)
  • Jane Fonda in Barbarella (On the Rainy River.64, The Ghost Soldiers.120)
  • Gary Cooper (On the Rainy River.64, The Ghost Soldiers.127)
  • "Lemon Tree" (How to Tell a True War Story.92)
  • Harmon Killebrew (The Ghost Soldiers.8)
  • Audie Murphy (The Ghost Soldiers.127)
  • The Cisco Kid (The Ghost Soldiers.127)
  • Mary Hopkin (The Ghost Soldiers.145)
  • Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds (The Ghost Soldiers.217)
  • The Man Who Never Was (The Lives of the Dead.55)

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