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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes

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"Like coming over here.  Some dumb thing happens a long time ago and you can't ever forget it.'" (Field Trip.183)

Tim's daughter Kathleen shows us a different way to be Other: generationally!  Kathleen was born ten years or so after Tim 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."

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