After reading both of the novels I have had my eyes open to how similar the books are thanks to Eric. The characters had to deal with different issues but being human some of the reactions were similar. Like if you were to compare the grandfather from ILIC to Norman Bowker from Things. Both characters experienced tragic events in their lives. One lived from his hometown being bombed and one lived through the Vietnam War. But both men were changed by these life events. Both characters lost their way to speak with people. The grandfather actually lost his words and was not able to communicate with the people around him in a normal way. Bowker lost his ability to just be able to talk to people about his personal experiences of war. So both characters are able to show that as a result of tragic events a persons behavior can change and be changed forever.
Lynda Barry’s comic strip “Knowing Things” popped out to me because it reminded me of me and my sister. I am the older sister and always gave my sister the big sister attitude. I tried to boss her around and acted like I knew way more then she did. So when my sister did things as the little sister in the comic strip did with the plants I tried to rule the situation. I see know that incidents like this with my sister were uncalled for. I feel like in some way I took away some of her fun and imagination. I should have let her do stupid on her own and live from her mistakes. But being big sister I had to have the attitude. Reality is that we should just let people go on with projects such as the little sisters to gain knowledge on our own.
Even though I know many people in class did not like “The Things They Carried” I enjoyed it. O’Brien expressed many different things to me with his book. The way he told his stories with blended fact and fiction did not turn me away from the book. It kept a balance and I had a feeling that anything he said could have happened in the war. I also enjoyed the way he ended the book. To tell the story of his young crush who died was just as sad as all the war violence he mentioned in the book. But the story of Lucy closed the book with the idea that stories keep people alive in memory. So all of the death that O’Brien had in his book was to keep certain people alive in memory. I liked how Tim was able to express his war experiences and give this message a voice.
When I came across this quote in the book (pg.11) I had to write it down. I being a person who has not experienced any of the situations that these soldiers have I can see how their imaginations get to the best of them. At any given moment something can kill you just like that BOOM and your down. These soldiers have to be constantly thinking what is behind the corner, and this also adds to the things they are carrying. The constant worry of what this war is going to bring to them. I also took this quote to heart because yes being almost 20 I am still scared of the dark. I know it is a silly thing but its my imagination that keeps this fear alive with me. Sometimes in creepy moments like walking to my car at night I can freak my self out with just imaging someone popping out of the bushes and coming for me. It adds to my fear even though what I am most afraid of is in my head. So I can see how this constant worry adds stress and fear to the men in this book. But so far enjoying this book, it is like walking with these soldiers as they carry on their journey in the war.
I can not believe that we are already done with this book. This book really captured me and I will enjoy reading it again in the near future. The ending was not what I had expected but still I was not displeased. This book left a very important message with me, Love is always necessary. Oskar’s mother finally gets to show her motherly side and that she really did care about her son. I am glad that the grandmother left the message to Oskar to always find love necessary because of how he felt guilty that he did not answer the phone the last time his dad called. Overall I really did enjoy this book and have been telling many of friends to read it.
When the grandfather returned on the day of the funeral my heart dropped. ” For forty years not a word” the grandmother. I can not even imagine what I would do if I was in her position. The grandmother had to bury an empty coffin for her only son, which is a terrible thing for any mother to go through.But finally after 40 years she has to deal with the return of the person who left her alone. The grandfather I believe finally realized that after forty years he had to make things right. During the time he was gone he wrote all the letters to his child that he had left behind. He may not have sent the letters, but I believe he always cared about his son. Once he discovered the death of his son he realized life is ending and had to make things right with his family. The grandfather made a selfish decision when he left, but I was hopeful for him when he decided to come back. All I want is for the grandfather to find his inner piece that was missing.