Essay about The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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“Lieutenant Cross found himself trembling. He tried not to cry. […] He felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war.” (O’Brien .42) This quote was found in The Things They Carried, authored by Tim O 'Brien, and is a great example or illustration of Lieutenant Jimmy Cross 's thoughts, and feelings through most of the story. Tim O’Brien, however, only focuses on these thoughts and feelings and rarely ever uses other characterisation techniques to explain Cross.
Throughout this story the Lieutenant shows an array of emotions ranging from an obsessive love, to sad guilt, to outright hatred towards himself and Martha. An example would be “Jimmy Cross received a good-luck charm from Martha. It was simple pebble, an ounce at most. Smooth to be touch, it was a milky white color with flecks of orange and violet, oval shaped, like a miniature egg… through the hot days of early April, he carried the pebble in his mouth, turning it with his tongue, tasting sea salt and moisture.” (.8) Even from this quote the reader gets the understanding of Crosses obsession with Martha, and with this obsession is the hindrance that affects his leadership. Another example the author uses to show Jimmy’s varying emotion are amongst these two quotes “He was realistic about it. There was that new hardness in his stomach. He loved her but he…

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