Essay on The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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Escapism, the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy (The Oxford Dictionary). Soldiers often need a sense of escapism, some use drugs such as Ted Lavender, “Ted Lavender carried six or seven ounces of premium dope (O’Brien 599), others used other methods. In Tim O 'Brien 's 1986 “The Things They Carried,” it is noticeable that the seemly unimportant character Martha is more important than you thought, Martha plays a significant role in Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’s life throughout the Vietnam war. Martha serves as a sense of escapism towards Jimmy Cross; he often daydreams about her while at war, “At night, sometimes, Lieutenant Cross wondered who had taken the picture.” (O’Brien 599). Although she does not seem too critical to the story, Martha plays the role of helping Jimmy find an escape from reality; Dreams of Martha help him escape Vietnam. Tim O’Brien includes Martha in the story to emphasize that war is hard, also indicating that Martha is a symbolic character, symbolizing escapism to Jimmy Cross.
To understand why Jimmy Cross daydreams about being home with Martha, we must first understand the life of the soldiers during the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, the life of the soldiers altered significantly. Not only did their life change, but they became a lot more difficult. Many of the soldiers who fought in Vietnam were mostly young men, such as Jimmy Cross. The soldiers felt…

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