The Things They Carried in the Things They Carried Essay

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The Things They Carried in “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien
In “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien the theme of “carrying” both physical and emotional objects by the main characters can be found in the novel. While these men carry the same standard physical army gear, they differentiate with personal tangible and intangible items. From Lieutenant Cross’s responsibility of his men, to Henry Dobbin’s girlfriend’s pantyhose for its magic, each man faced the war with these things attached.
Jimmy Cross being the immature lieutenant is affected being responsible of his men, and carries much of the war’s burden. Every time one of Cross’s men dies, he experiences deep regrettable feelings that he should have been a better
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Scholl’s foot powder to help him prevent against trench foot. Some of these objects allowed Jenson to remain or remember the life before the war. Jenson also had to carry earplugs due to when he was ordered by high command to search and blow up tunnels. One crazy thing Jenson carried for a time during the war was paranoia for breaking Strunk’s nose until he died. Jenson had to add another eye for his protection, two for the dangers of war, and the other for Strunk possible revenge. Even though there was a pact between the two men, the paranoia was only soothed.
Ted Lavender was the young, scared soldier of the war. With the knowledge of all the possible dangers of being in invaded foreign land, hearing and being in the firefights, and seeing others die from the hands of war, intoxication was safety to Lavender. To keep himself calm and cope with the war Lavender carried tranquilizers and premium dope that he found. The dope would allow Lavender to get his wanted high and numbness, and the tranquilizers helped as his sedative-hypnotics. The perfect combination of these two drugs kept Lavender numb from the war, and possibly even during his death.
Mitchell Sanders who was the RTO carried condoms and of course the killer 26 pound radio. Sanders being a person all about communication carried the want to know the truth and obsessed with moral.
Going into to the war, Norman Bowker believed that a man’s courage was marked by his medals and service

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