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Tim O'brien's The Things They Carried: A Second Re

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Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried: A Second Revision In Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a distinction is made between "Tim" and "Timmy" when O'Brien speaks of Linda and his truer than true love and understanding for her. She called him "Timmy" while she was alive and dead, except she never did really die-she was present in "Timmy's" dreams. This distinction between "Tim" and "Timmy" is that the older "Tim" now still keeps the younger "Timmy" inside himself. At forty-three O'Brien says that he is young and happy and that he will never die. He implies that nine-year-old "Timmy" lingers within "Tim's" mind, body, and soul. Linda ...view middle of the document...

In this book "Timmy" vicariously lives through Linda, who acts as a medium. This warm place is where he is able to pour out all of his dreams and emotions without having any feeling of humility or awkwardness. After she was dead, Linda said "Timmy, stop crying" (232); O'Brien animates Linda by allowing her to speak after her death because he feels that that is what a story does. O'Brien means that the story of Linda represents "Timmy." The young boy, nine, was so peculiarly similar to Linda that "Tim's" story of her had to be parallel with "Timmy's" story as a child. O'Brien explains that in the past he was "Timmy"; now he is "Tim." Though many changes have occurred throughout his life, O'Brien says that he has not changed at all. "The essence remains the same" (236); he knows exactly who he is. Far beyond his body, "Tim" knows that there is something that will never change about himself. The essence is the same because "Tim" and "Timmy" are the same person; his whole life from youth to seniority is one life. The distinction between "Tim" and "Timmy" is that the older "Tim" now, still keeps the younger "Timmy" inside himself. They are both the same person now, and will continue to be throughout his life. O'Brien shows this with his story of Linda and how "Timmy" was so infatuated with her. He shows that "Tim" and "Timmy" are the same by saying that he will never die.

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