The Things They Carried

College of Charleston / Friday, October 30th, 2009

Susan Farrell, Professor of English at the College of Charleston, worked closely with students on discussions surrounding this year’s Convocation book, The Things They Carried.

Professor Farrell offers the below questions for discussion.

Question 1: Discuss the book’s form and the ambiguities between truth and fiction. What does O’Brien gain in playing with audience expectations in the book?