The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
The Things They Carried Foreignness and "the Other" Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Story Title.Paragraph)
"Like coming over here. Some dumb thing happens a long time ago and you can't ever forget it." (Field Trip.183)
O'Brien's daughter Kathleen shows us a different way to be Other: generationally! Kathleen was born ten years or so after O'Brien returned from Vietnam, and the war and its importance are completely foreign to her. To her, it's just "some dumb thing" that happened "a long time ago."