The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
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Elroy Berdahl

Character Analysis

Elroy is a pretty mysterious old guy. He is right there when Tim needs him, and he lets Tim make his own decision about whether to go to Vietnam or run to Canada, without judging him or pushing him one way or the other. That's the only time he shows up in the book, though. Hmmm, we wonder if he might be a symbol….

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