TheThings They Carried
LieutenantJimmy Cross` squad of soldiers is a gathering of youthful men, themajority of whom are caught off guard for the Vietnam War. They carryheavy supplies, rations, and pictures of their girlfriends. They actas if that they do not feel apprehension, pity, and disarray yet theydo, because they prefer not to look senseless to mature soldiers.Jimmy Cross cherishes a young woman named Martha whom he knows willnever love him back, and he keeps on loving her long after the end ofthe war.
Themen at times uncover their feelings, insincere or amusing ways. TimO`brien, the storyteller, composes stories about his friends in hisunit. Mitchell Sanders sends lice he removes from his body to hisdraft board in Ohio. Nevertheless, there are numerous shockingmemories Tim cannot forget. He watched a mine explode a man. He sawdistress, outrage, and unfairness harden junior men (O`Brien 9). Herecalls admitting needing to flee to Canada because the battle waswrong. He even leaves and stays in a hotel for six days in at theoutskirt, yet at last he is excessively anxious about what his familyand companions will think in the event that he does not fight. Heclaims that he went to war because he was a coward (O`Brien 45).
Abnormalthings happen to troopers in Vietnam: they get neurotic, and theylose their morality sense and equity. They get irate and hardened,since nobody back home comprehends what they are experiencing. Afterhis closest companion dies, Rat Kiley, a surgeon, he composes aletter to the companion`s sister, letting her know what a magnificentman her brother was. However, the sister never replies, and Rat`spain turns to anger (O`Brien 36). Tim illustrates that this is agenuine war story since there is no moral, just cruelty and ugliness.One peculiar story Tim were notified from Rat Kiley: a warriorbrought his girlfriend to Vietnam. She arrived fresh and extremelyyouthful, yet she rapidly was consumed into life in the wilderness.Slowly she lost her connection to her old life. She vanished into thewilderness. The fighters understand this story, because they acceptthere is magic in Vietnam. Superstitions are genuine, and the realityof the situation is relative (O`Brien 33). There are minutes andemotions that Tim cannot forget. One of them is of the man heslaughtered: a junior Vietnamese warrior who was strolling down thetrail when Tim tossed a projectile at him. Tim will always rememberthe man`s blasted face. Nor will he lose the picture of a youngperson moving outside of her demolished town, as American officersdivert her dead crew (O`Brien 97).
NormanBowker, one of Tim`s companions and individual fighters, comes backfrom the war unsure of what to do with all his horrible informationand memories. He discovers he cannot converse with anybody -nobodywill tune in, or could understand on the off chance that people didlisten and all that he does appear to be senseless and irrelevant. Hein the end commits suicide. What happens after one of the best men intheir troop dies? Tim recounts Norman`s story attempting to justifyhis life.
O`Brien,Tim. TheThings They Carried: A Work of Fiction.Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. Internet resource.