Think Like A Freak Character Analysis

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O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Massachuesetts:1990.

In the novel, The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, soldiers carry objects of comfort that reflect their inner discomforts. The author and Vietnam War veteran recounts his war experiences and tries to give them a meaning throughout his memoir. By highlighting the characters of his fellow soldiers in the Alpha Company, O’Brien attempts to grasp a meaning to the war from the arbitrations on their relationships with each other and to objects and concepts, as they trenched through the jungles of Vietnam to fight in a war they did not believe in.
In a painstaking war, the soldiers feel comforted by certain objects because of their emotional and sentimental value. Every soldier’s mind needs to be put at ease in order for them to guide their energy to fighting a brutal battle.
I love this book’s message as it is very true to life. Everyone has something or someone that comphorts them
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Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, teaches the individual to step away from their problems, and reevaluate them in a different light. The book touches upon eight key lessons to live by in which they aim to teach the reader how to ‘Think like a Freak’. In order to think like a Freak, you need to retrain your brain to think limitation free. You need to confront adversarial and controversial situations head on using the tools they provide.
 In reading Think like a Freak, I feel that I can approach life’s upsets in a more methodical way. In thinking like a so called ‘freak’, you open up your opportunities and your restrictions begin to deteriorate. 
 This book teaches you how to remain calm, and not only does it teach you how to defuse and deal with the situations at hand, it shows you how to come out of the situation with the upper hand.
 I would recommend this book to any teenager because in our lives, we face many problems that sometimes act as