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    Hi I do not expect anyone to help me with my homework (: but I need some help from people, who've read The Things They Carried by Tim'O Brien, to point out some interesting similarities and differences between these two works. I'll be doing a presentation soon on these two works but I'm having some trouble creating a systematic smooth structure for it. Thank you everyone (:

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    The biggest similarity is that the major theme of both works is idleness

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    How is idleness a theme in both of these works. I would think immortalizing the dead and memorializing events is a major theme. I just don't quite see how The Things They Carried is memorializing the Vietnamese War when it's main concentration were about the characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander III View Post
    The biggest similarity is that the major theme of both works is idleness
    I do not understand this in the least...

    To me the obvious similarity is the futile endeavor and devastation of war in which men are asked to obey commands which in retrospect were unclear or made by men with ulterior and alternative motives than those they enlisted to accomplish that task.

    Although whenever a teacher invites such a comparison it is usually from his own tendentious perspective and there is really no wrong answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arrytus View Post
    I do not understand this in the least...

    To me the obvious similarity is the futile endeavor and devastation of war in which men are asked to obey commands which in retrospect were unclear or made by men with ulterior and alternative motives than those they enlisted to accomplish that task.

    Although whenever a teacher invites such a comparison it is usually from his own tendentious perspective and there is really no wrong answer.
    I think Alex might have been making a dig at the OP
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    Thx for the help arrytus and OrphanPip.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanPip View Post
    I think Alex might have been making a dig at the OP
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    Hi I also want to ask. Does anyone agree that Alfred Lord Tennyson was trying to memorialize the Crimean War - Battle of the Balaclava.

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