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The things they carried


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The things they carried

  1. 1. By Tim O’Brien<br />“The things they carried”<br />
  2. 2. Some carried simple things like:-marijuana-toilet paper-mosquito repellant-pocket knives-guns-granades<br />
  3. 3. Others carried more meaningful things:-letters-good luck charms-responsibility-love…<br />
  4. 4. Depending on their rank or specialty, they carried certain things:-Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried compasses and maps.-Medic, Rat Kiley, carried morphine and a first aid kit.<br />
  5. 5. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, in particular, carried a great amount of love for Martha.He would daydream of her while at war.Hoping that one day she would love him as much as he loved her.<br />
  6. 6. .<br />One day, outside of the Than Khe area, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross was distracted (once again), wondering if Martha was a virgin.While his imagination went wild, Ted Lavender was shot and killed when he was on his way back from using the bathroom.<br />
  7. 7. Guilt?<br /> Lieutenant Jimmy Cross certainly felt guilty for the loss of his soldier.<br /> He truly believed that all the thinking about Martha was making him a bad soldier and he couldn’t live with it.<br />
  8. 8. What could he do to prevent another daydream about Martha distract him from his duty to the soldiers?-Yes..He burnt the two pictures of her and all the letters from her.<br />
  9. 9. As a lieutenant, the soldiers are his responsibility.By getting rid of the thought of Martha, maybe he can be a better leader.<br />