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  • The Man He Killed And Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

    mentally deformed, who might need a few dollars for a meal. The speaker keys in that he would help this poor fellow in need if he happened to need it. War at times is unavoidable; turning brother against brother, cause soldiers to question their motives, and hurt most soldiers for a long time. In Tim O’Brien’s, “The Things They Carried”, the author uses the presence of love to instill the reader with the idea war scarring soldiers. The lonely First Lieutenant longed for romance although the letters he received from home, “were not love letter, But Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic in the bottom of his rucksack”(O’Brien, 344). This lonely First Lieutenant’s mind was not in the war at all, like it should have been. He’s in charge of a platoon that he puts at risk by constantly daydreams of his aspired college lover. Further along in the short story, Lt Cross is given a small rock from his “lover” Martha. Cross carried this pebble everywhere he went, even putting it in his mouth to taste the sea salt. The Lieutenant ordered his men to, “spread out the column, to keep their eyes open, but then he would slip away into daydreams, just pretending, walking barefoot along the Jersey shore, with Martha, carrying nothing”(O’Brien, 348). Fighting for survival in the tropical jungles of Vietnam would definitely not be the time to daydream. The author makes it seem like this platoon is mindlessly walking around Vietnam with no mission or objective to follow.…

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  • Effects Of War In Birdsong

    of his leave in Amiens, he was relieved to go back and see his friends again, but he was unaware of his friend Weir had been shot by a German Sniper, he cried and as very depressed for a while. While in France in 1918, Stephan and his close friend and fellow soldier Jack Firebrace were stretching a tunnel when there was an enemy explosion trapping them both with no way out. They were in the tunnel for a long time, thinking that they were going to die trapped in the tunnel. Close to the end, Jack…

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  • The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

    “The Things They Carried” is a short story written by Tim O 'Brien in 1990, about several young American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War on the outskirts of a small village, Than Khe. The soldiers are under the command of the main character, First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross. Through his storytelling, O’Brien describes the multiple weights and burdens young men of war carry in order to survive. The soldiers in Lieutenant Cross 's platoon carry more than just tangible burdens such as: weapons,…

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  • Illusions Of Love In The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

    Illusions of Love In Tim O’Brien’s short story “The Things They Carried,” First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is torn between the love he deserts at home and the troops he is assigned to protect in Vietnam. Under multiple circumstances Lieutenant Cross is found daydreaming about his “love” for Martha rather than focusing on the task at hand. Lieutenant Cross is blind in thinking that Martha returns the love that he endures for her; however, she still seems to remain in the forefront of his mind. Ted…

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  • Point Of Views In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

    to the people and environments around the soldiers, but to themselves as well. When men are shipped off to foreign lands, they become enmeshed in a whole new world, and feel very isolated from their home. The narrator, whether profoundly far away or intimately close, seems to be trying to present the fact that there is a palpable inhumanity associated with, and expected in war. O’Brien’s narrative in particular portrays the weight of war very well, not only the burden of their packs, and the…

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  • The Fireman's Wife Short Story Essay

    In modern video games, the graphic material and ability to spawn after death are marketed to teens 18&up in games like Call of Duty and Counter-Strike. These features make a mockery of the sensitivity we all should share for the Army and it’s fallen soldiers. It is important when drawing a comparison between my roommates and the main character, First Lieutenant James Cross, that each of my roommates in the ROTC will graduate Saint John’s University in the spring; they will earn the rank of…

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  • Donald T. Phillips's Lincoln On Leadership

    the division, Lt Judah came on the radio and asked for me to give him a call. I had known Lt. Judah since I came on the department and had worked with him on late watch. He was in the 1st Division and I was in the 2nd. We would often make calls together on the border of our division so I was quite familiar with him and his strong work ethic. Lt. Judah was not my Lieutenant in the division so I immediately wondered why he wanted me to call him. I did not hesitate and called him back…

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  • Army Officer Reflective Essay

    When I first wanted to join AROTC I thought it was just about being an Army soldier while in school. I actually didn’t know what to expect or what I was getting myself into I was a clean sleight. I had no idea that AROTC was dealing with being an officer and all the roles officers played. Once enrolling I started thinking the words “Army Officer” meant nothing but paper and desk work. Later to find out that the words “Army Officer” has a much deeper passionate meaning than I thought. Over the…

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  • John Macdonald Case Study

    must be paid to the Crown. John MacDonald purchased Lot 36 from the Lord Advocate of Scotland, James William Montgomery, with the assistance of the Roman Catholic Church. John, Donald, Helen and Peggy as well as their Father journeyed to St. John’s Island with 210 settlers in May of 1772. Shortly after arriving John left to join the war efforts and soon after Donald joined him. After the war John stayed in England and corresponded with Helen through letters. Proprietors were responsible for…

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  • Importance Of Nco In The Army

    It Takes a NCO to Lead a Officer in Battle The Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) has four to twenty years experience being a leader and is the backbone of the U.S. Army; meanwhile, the Second Lieutenant is fresh out of college with no experience being a leader. The Lieutenant will hold higher rank, have generally higher pay grade, as well as be put in charge of protecting the lives of the NCO’s plus the junior enlisted. A 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army is known as a "Butter Bar", a reference to…

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